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Virginia whitewater, Holston River - South Fork

Washington county, Damascus to Alvarado section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     8 miles
  This section of Holston River - South Fork in Virginia is 8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bristol, as you can see
    on the road map further down. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no
problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The nature scenery of Washington County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The Damascus to Alvarado stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in  
this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Cedar Bluff Hollow is a great location to stop at in close proximity to Holston River - South Fork, and hiking along the Maple Spring Fire Trail is wonderful fun. You'll meet a lot of folks from Damascus here. Holston River - South Fork gets much water. The wettest month of the year is typically July, that's the one that rains the most while February is the month with the least amount of precipitation. Throughout the summertime, highs generally are in the 80's at Holston River - South Fork with night lows in the 60's. Throughout the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's, and during the dark hours in the wintertime at Holston River - South Fork temperatures drop to the 20's.

Holston River - South Fork, Damascus to Alvarado road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Holston River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Holston River - South Fork:
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 8 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Green Cove Creek, Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (AT - Virginia Creeper Trail)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Holston River, Sullivan County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (South Holston Dam to Boone Lake)
Big Cedar Creek, Russell County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lebanon to Clinch River)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Holston River - South Fork:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 30 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Holston River - South Fork:
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 16 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 17 miles away
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Holston River - South Fork:
MillsapBaker Estate, Damascus , 6 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 6 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Abingdon , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express ABINGDON, Abingdon , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Holston River - South Fork:
Callebs Cove Campground, Abingdon, 4 miles away
Backbone Rock, Damascus, 5 miles away
Abingdon Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Shady Valley, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Holston River - South Fork:
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 4 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 4 miles away
Clark Mountain Trail, Washington , 7 miles away
Wyatt Fire Trail, Sullivan , 8 miles away
Wyatt Fire Trail, Sullivan , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Holston River - South Fork:
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 24 miles away
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 26 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Holston River - South Fork:
Deer Field Golf Course, Damascus , 6 miles away
Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon , 7 miles away
Greenway Creek Golf Course, Glade Spring , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Holston River - South Fork
South Holston Lake, Sullivan , 17 miles away

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