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Virginia whitewater, Big Reed Island Creek

Carroll county, US Route 221 to New River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     20 miles
 
9 miles after HWY 221 bridge there is a small (4' diameter) tunnel on river left.  The flow is very swift at the entrance of this tunnel and you may be pulled inside in your craft.  DO NOT PADDLE THROUGH THIS TUNNEL. It ends with a 30' two stage waterfall and once you are at the downstream end of the tunnel, you will fall out the side of the mountain and over the falls.  LIKELY FATAL RIDE. Says Trailblaza

From the road that parallels
    a few miles of the lower section of Big Reed Island Creek, I think it's Rock Creek Rd. Or Rt. 694 ?? I've viewed some rapids that I think are about 8 miles above the junction with the new River.
These rapids appear to
be grade III to me, with a lot of large bolders. This appears to be somewhat dangerous to me but I'm a novice kayaker. Any comments about this section or suggestons? Says Darrell Powledge

This section of Big Reed Island Creek is 20 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. The average Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so
 
if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of spots for that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Big Reed Island Creek, US Route 221 to New River road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Reed Island Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Big Reed Island Creek, Carroll County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 20 miles long (US Route 221 to New River)
Little Reed Island Creek, Carroll/ Pulaski County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Sylvatus to New River Close to Allisonia)
Big Reed Island Creek, Carroll County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Route 58 to US Route 221)
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 15 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
New River, Montgomery/ Giles/ Pulaski County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 52.2 miles long (Claytor Lake to State line)
Little Walker Creek, Giles County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.5 miles long (Alum Springs to Big Walker Creek)
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
Walker Creek, Giles County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.5 miles long (Route 713 to Route 636)
Little River - New R. Tributary, Montgomery/ Floyd County, 21 miles away
      Class I-IV - 13 miles long (Riner to Copper Valley)
Dan River, Patrick County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 11.5 miles long (Pinnacles Power Plant to Claudville)
 Ski Areas Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 50 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 84 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 99 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Rock House Marina, Pulaski , 10 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Holiday Inn Express HILLSVILLE, Hillsville , 8 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 8 miles away
Super 8 Hillsville, Hillsville , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Lakeridge RV Resort, Hillsville, 2 miles away
R-J Ranch Recreational Vehicle Resort, Hillsville, 2 miles away
R-j Ranch RV Resort, Hillsville, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Fire Trail, Pulaski , 8 miles away
Run Trail, Patrick , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 66 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 66 miles away
Claytor Lake State Park, Virginia , 12 miles away
Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 32 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Reed Island Creek:
Draper Valley Golf Club, Draper , 11 miles away
Skyland Lakes Golf Club, Fancy Gap , 12 miles away
Pulaski Country Club, Pulaski , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Reed Island Creek
Claytor Lake, Pulaski , 14 miles away

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