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Virginia whitewater, Craig Creek

Craig county, Old Route 311 bridge to New Castle section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     7 miles
 
I've never kayaked this stretch of Craig's Creek, but it is not the ONLY stretch by far!  We spent 10 days in a lovely VRBO.com riverfront vacation rental downstream from New Castle, and kayaked both up and down the river multiple times, even though the area was in the middle of a bad drought.  We will be renting in Roaring Run this year, which is according to the owner kayakable for the 5 miles to where it meets the James River.  There is
    a very nice pull out/picnic spot where the two meet, and plenty of room to park.  Take time out to splash around as well.  I've never seen a river this clean before! Says Julie

I've never kayaked this stretch of Craig's
Creek, but it is not the ONLY stretch by far!  We spent 10 days in a lovely VRBO.com riverfront vacation rental downstream from New Castle, and kayaked both up and down the river multiple times, even though the area was in the middle of a bad drought.  We will be renting in Roaring Run this year, which is according to the owner kayakable for the 5 miles to where it meets the James River.  There is a very nice pull out/picnic spot where  
the two meet, and plenty of room to park.  Take time out to splash around as well.  I've never seen a river this clean before! Says Julie

This section of Craig Creek in Virginia is 7 miles long and it is classified as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Roanoke, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Craig Creek will make you feel great.

Craig Creek, Old Route 311 bridge to New Castle 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 Craig Creek.
 Whitewater Near Craig Creek:
Craig Creek, Craig County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Old Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Barbours Creek, Craig County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Route 611 to Craig Creek)
Potts Creek, Craig/ Alleghany County, 11 miles away
      Class I-IV - 32.5 miles long (Route 311 to Route 18)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26.5 miles long (Route 603 8.0 miles to Crows)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 21 miles long (Route 632 bridge to Route 311 bridge)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 15 miles away
      Class I-IV - 18.5 miles long (Crows to Jackson River)
Catawba Creek, Botetourt County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Fincastle to James River)
Roanoke River - South Fork, Bedford/ Campbell County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Shawsville to Roanoke River)
Bottom Creek, Montgomery County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Bottom Creek Road Bridge To Route 637)
 Ski Areas Near Craig Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 33 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 54 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 86 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 98 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
 Hotels Near Craig Creek:
Hampton Inn Salem, Salem , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn SALEM-ROANOKE, Salem , 9 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn And Conference Center Salem, Salem , 9 miles away
Super 8 Salem VA, Salem , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Salem, Salem , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Craig Creek:
Pickle Branch Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Catawba, 5 miles away
Johns Spring Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Roanoke, 6 miles away
Catawba Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Roanoke, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Craig Creek:
North Mountain Trail, Craig , 5 miles away
Dragon Tooth Trail, Roanoke , 5 miles away
Trout Creek Appalachian Trail, Craig , 5 miles away
Potts Arm Trail, Craig , 7 miles away
Cove Trail, Craig , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Craig Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 32 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 7 miles away
Moncove Lake State Park, West Virginia , 17 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Craig Creek:
Hanging Rock Golf Club, Salem , 9 miles away
Salem Golf Course, Salem , 10 miles away
Lakeside Golf Center, Salem , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Craig Creek
Lock Haven Lake, Roanoke , 11 miles away
Loch Haven Lake, Roanoke , 11 miles away

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