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Bath county, Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     17.5 miles
  The Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River stretch of Back Creek - Jackson Tributary in Virginia is 17.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Roanoke, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this
    state are quite easy. The beautiful scenery of Bath County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. The campgrounds here at Back Creek - Jackson Tributary are pretty good. Getting some good exercise and
spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your sleeping bag. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River section is one of them. No matter  
if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Ellis Trail is glorious fun, and a great location is Sand Hollow. You positively have to take a look at Seneca State Forest since you're here at Back Creek - Jackson Tributary, and why not head up to The Homestead and strap some skis to your feet. At this river you will always have a good time. A tour to Douthat State Park when you're here at Back Creek - Jackson Tributary is never a bad idea, and going for a hike along the Katydid Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this neighborhood.

Back Creek - Jackson Tributary, Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary.
 Whitewater Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
Back Creek - Jackson Tributary, Bath County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River)
Jackson River, Alleghany County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 42.5 miles long (Gathright Dam to James River)
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
Greenbrier River, Pocahontas County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.7 miles long (Clover Lick to Laurel Run)
Greenbrier River, Pocahontas County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 9.9 miles long (Laurel Run to Marlinton)
Greenbrier River, Pocahontas County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Cass to Clover Lick)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Deer Creek, Pocahontas County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Confluence with North Fork of Deer Creek to confluence with Greenbrier River)
Jackson River, Bath/ Alleghany County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 28.5 miles long (Vinegar Run to Route 603)
Bullpasture River, Highland\Bath County, 19 miles away
      Class III+ - 4 miles long (Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River)
 Ski Areas Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
The Homestead, Virginia , 8 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 19 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 57 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 59 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 64 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 77 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 92 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 7 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 18 miles away
Serenity Now, Snowshoe , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express COVINGTON, Covington , 20 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Covington, Covington , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
Hidden Valley Campground, Bath County, 2 miles away
Virginia Power, Warm Springs, 3 miles away
Blowing Springs Campground, Bath County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
Ellis Trail, Bath , 4 miles away
Katydid Trail, Bath , 4 miles away
McDonald Trail, Bath , 4 miles away
Winding Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Ritchie Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 52 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 13 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 13 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary:
Lower Cascades Golf Club, Hot Springs , 8 miles away
Cliff View Golf Club & Inn, Covington , 16 miles away
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Back Creek - Jackson Tributary
Lake Moomaw, Alleghany , 12 miles away
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 17 miles away

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