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Virginia whitewater, Harris Creek

Amherst county, Route 130 to James River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     7 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The Route 130 to James River section of Harris Creek in Amherst County is 7 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Amherst County and the water flowing gracefully down
    Harris Creek are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This river system
has a few good paddling sections and the Route 130 to James River section is one of them. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. There's camping available near Harris Creek.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
During your spree to Harris Creek you'll meet some folks from Madison Heights for sure; hiking is a popular thing to do around Harris Creek; Tolley Gap Trail is a great local trail. For the period of the summer months highs here at Harris Creek reach the 80's. All through the moonlight hours it's ordinarily in the 60's. Through the wintertime highs are typically in the 40's while Harris Creek nighttime low temperatures through the winter are in the 20's. Harris Creek gets a normal amount of yearly precipitation. October is when you get the most rain here while January is generally the driest month.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Harris Creek.
 Whitewater Near Harris Creek:
Harris Creek, Amherst County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Route 130 to James River)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (Highway 130 to James River)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 11 miles away
      Class I(II) - 6 miles long (Route 640 to Highway 130)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 13 miles long (Amherst to Tye River)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Forks of Buffalo to Amherst)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640)
Tye River, -blank- County, 17 miles away
      Class -blank- - 6 miles long (US 29 to Route 654)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
Piney River, Nelson/Amherst County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Alhambra to Woodson)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
 Ski Areas Near Harris Creek:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 29 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 59 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 79 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 87 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 89 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Harris Creek:
Scottish Inns Madison Heights, Madison Heights , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn LYNCHBURG, Lynchburg , 2 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Lynchburg , 2 miles away
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 3 miles away
The Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Harris Creek:
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Otter Creek, Big Island, 14 miles away
Wildwood Campground, Monroe, 15 miles away
Paradise Lake Campground, Spout Spring, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Harris Creek:
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 15 miles away
Cashaw Creek Trail, Amherst , 17 miles away
Piney Ridge Trail, Bedford , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Harris Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 44 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 23 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Harris Creek:
Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg , 7 miles away
Peaks Par 3 Golf Course, Lynchburg , 7 miles away
Cedar Hills Golf Course, Lynchburg , 8 miles away

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