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Virginia whitewater, Big Wilson Creek

Grayson county, Close to Mouth of Wilson section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-V+     3 miles
  If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The scenic beauty of Virginia and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. The campgrounds here at Big Wilson Creek are pretty good. The starting location is a short drive from Boone, there's
    a road map further down the page with more info on that. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you
get great scenery. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This stretch of Big Wilson Creek in Grayson County is 3 miles long and is a class III-V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Close to Mouth of Wilson section is one of them. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away  
from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This is a bit of a short stretch so better bring some good walking shoes.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Big Wilson Creek you will meet lots of people from nearby Troutdale, and going for a hike along the First Peak Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. If you go for the outdoors you'll go for it here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mount Jefferson State Park is worth checking out if you're at Big Wilson Creek; you can have a good hiking adventure along the Bearpen Trail.

Big Wilson Creek, Close to Mouth of Wilson 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 Big Wilson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Wilson Creek:
Big Wilson Creek, Grayson County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Close to Mouth of Wilson)
New River - South Fork, Watauga/ Ashe/ Alleghany County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 61 miles long (Route 1347 to Mouth of Wilson)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Stuart Dam to US 221/21)
New River, Grayson County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 41 miles long (Stuart Dam to Fries)
Green Cove Creek, Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (AT - Virginia Creeper Trail)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 20 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Big Wilson Creek:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 39 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 59 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Big Wilson Creek:
General Francis Marion Hotel, Marion , 12 miles away
The Collins House Inn, Marion , 12 miles away
Days Inn Jefferson, Jefferson , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Marion, Marion , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Marion , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Wilson Creek:
Grayson Highlands State Park - Main Camp Ground, Troutdale, 1 miles away
Wise Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Troutdale, 2 miles away
Scales Trailhead, Troutdale, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Big Wilson Creek:
Bearpen Trail, Grayson , 1 miles away
First Peak Trail, Grayson , 2 miles away
Scales Trail, Grayson , 2 miles away
Third Peak Trail, Grayson , 2 miles away
Switchback Trail, Grayson , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Wilson Creek:
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 2 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 12 miles away
New River State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Wilson Creek:
Holston Hills Country Club, Marion , 12 miles away
Jefferson Landing Club, Jefferson , 13 miles away
Skyline Tmc Golf Remote, West Jefferson , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Wilson Creek
Rural Retreat Lake, Wythe , 19 miles away

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