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Virginia whitewater, Laurel Creek

Washington county, Damascus to South Fork of Holston River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     2.5 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The Damascus to South Fork of Holston River stretch of Laurel Creek is 2.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing
    to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The Damascus to South Fork of Holston River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. Whether you're
whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. The starting point is not too far from Boone, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The natural beauty of Washington County and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. A good workout and spending some  
quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Laurel Creek; Maple Spring Fire Trail is a good local trail. Laurel Creek is next to Fisher Hollow which is definitely worth checking out. Good hiking is available along the Clark Mountain Trail, and Laurel Creek is a location with many visitors from Damascus. This river has so much to offer. At Laurel Creek through the months of summer highs are in the 80's while nighttime lows are frequently in the 60's. During the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's while the cold winter nights at Laurel Creek are in the 20's.

Laurel Creek, Damascus to South Fork of Holston 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 Laurel Creek.
 Whitewater Near Laurel Creek:
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 5 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Green Cove Creek, Washington County, 10 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, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (South Holston Dam to Boone Lake)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Laurel Creek:
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
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 28 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 62 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Laurel Creek:
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 18 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Laurel Creek:
MillsapBaker Estate, Damascus , 2 miles away
Econo Lodge Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 7 miles away
Knights Inn Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 9 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Abingdon , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Laurel Creek:
Backbone Rock, Damascus, 3 miles away
Happy Valley Campground, Mountain City, 5 miles away
Saunders Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Laurel Bloomery, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Laurel Creek:
Clark Mountain Trail, Washington , 3 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 7 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 7 miles away
Wyatt Fire Trail, Sullivan , 11 miles away
Wyatt Fire Trail, Sullivan , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Laurel Creek:
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 22 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 23 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Laurel Creek:
Deer Field Golf Course, Damascus , 2 miles away
Greenway Creek Golf Course, Glade Spring , 9 miles away
Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon , 11 miles away

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