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Virginia whitewater, Jennings Creek

Botetourt county, Route 614 to James River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.5 miles
  If you're coming from Roanoke it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Jennings Creek is 4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. 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. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This stretch has has
enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. The scenic beauty of Virginia and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while will make you glad you came. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. Whitewater  
rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
On a delightful day at Jennings Creek you can take a hike along the McFalls Ridge Trail, and you'll possibly meet some folks from Buchanan here. And if that's not sufficient there's a heap more entertaining stuff to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. If the weather is glorious here at Jennings Creek, you can go for a hike along the Cove Mountain Trail. From a rainfall point of view Jennings Creek is a reasonably typical spot.

Jennings Creek, Route 614 to James River 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 Jennings Creek.
 Whitewater Near Jennings Creek:
Jennings Creek, Botetourt County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 614 to James River)
North Creek, Botetourt County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
James River, Rockbridge/ Amherst County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Glasgow to Snowden)
James River, Botetourt County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Catawba Creek, Botetourt County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Fincastle to James River)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
 Ski Areas Near Jennings Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 29 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 51 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 55 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 77 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 82 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 84 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 92 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Jennings Creek:
Smith Mountain Yacht Club, Moneta , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Jennings Creek:
Peaks Of Otter Lodge, Bedford , 4 miles away
Days Inn Bedford, Bedford , 11 miles away
Super 8 Bedford, Bedford , 11 miles away
Econo Lodge Lexington, Lexington , 18 miles away
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jennings Creek:
Cove Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Buchanan, 2 miles away
Bryant Ridge Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Natural Bridge Station, 2 miles away
North Creek, Natural Bridge Station, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Jennings Creek:
Cove Mountain Trail, Botetourt , 1 miles away
McFalls Ridge Trail, Botetourt , 2 miles away
Fallingwater Trail, Botetourt , 4 miles away
Flat Top Mountain Trail, Botetourt , 5 miles away
Wildcat Trail, Botetourt , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Jennings Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 21 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jennings Creek:
Bedford Country Club, Bedford , 10 miles away
Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington , 17 miles away
Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Jennings Creek
Beaverdam Reservoir, Bedford , 18 miles away

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