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North Carolina whitewater, New River

Alleghany NC Grayson VA county, US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     23.5 miles
  The beautiful scenery of North Carolina and the water flowing gracefully down New River will make you feel great. The starting point is not too far from North Wilkesboro, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have
    people coming from far and near. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this
state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch of New River is 23.5 miles  
long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Stone Mountain State Park is a perfect place to go if you're at New River, and if you're popping by from Independence, you won't be the only one. Yep, outdoors amusing stuff truly is abundant here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While you're here at New River you can take a hike along the Bournes Branch Trail, and if the weather is perfect, you can go for a hike along the Mountain Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. The yearly rainfall here at New River is about average.

New River, US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
Elk Creek, Grayson County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 650 to New River)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221)
New River, Carroll/ Wythe/ Pulaski/ Grayson County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Fries to Allisonia)
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
New River, Grayson County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 41 miles long (Stuart Dam to Fries)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Stuart Dam to US 221/21)
New River - South Fork, Watauga/ Ashe/ Alleghany County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 61 miles long (Route 1347 to Mouth of Wilson)
Mitchell River, Surry County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Route 1315 Bridge to Route 268 Bridge)
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 22 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
Little Reed Island Creek, Carroll/ Pulaski County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Sylvatus to New River Close to Allisonia)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 55 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Knights Inn Galax, Galax , 10 miles away
Rodeway Inn Galax, Galax , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Galax, Galax , 13 miles away
Budget Host Inn Wytheville, Wytheville , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WYTHEVILLE, Wytheville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
New River Canoe Rentals, Sparta, 6 miles away
New River Canoe and Campground, Independence, 6 miles away
New River Campground and Canoe, Independence, 6 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Bournes Branch Trail, Grayson , 9 miles away
Mountain Trail, Grayson , 9 miles away
Yellow Branch Trail, Poquoson (city) , 10 miles away
Divide Trail, Wythe , 10 miles away
Perkins Knob Trail, Grayson , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 9 miles away
New River State Park, North Carolina , 25 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
Olde Beau Golf & Country Club, Sparta , 7 miles away
New River Country Club, Sparta , 8 miles away
Crestview Golf Course, Ennice , 8 miles away

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