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Virginia whitewater, Potts Creek

Craig Alleghany county, Route 311 to Route 18 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     32.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Roanoke, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The nature scenery of Craig/ Alleghany County and the water flowing gracefully down Potts Creek are reasons enough
    to come here and paddle. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling rivers. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. A bit of exercise
and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This stretch of Potts Creek in Craig/ Alleghany County is 32.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-IV section. The Route 311 to Route 18 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches  
in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
If you want to explore some exciting stuff, explore Piney Point. The Potts Arm Trail offers hiking at its best; you might also want to pay a visit to Margaret Hollow while you're here at Potts Creek. This river is so great. Going to Jefferson National Forest right next door to Potts Creek is a magnificent thing to do; there's great hiking along the Cove Trail. Potts Creek is a place with many visitors from Covington; a tour to Greenbrier State Forest when you're here is never a bad idea. Summertime highs at Potts Creek usually tend to be in the 80's with nighttime lows in the 50's.

Potts Creek, Route 311 to Route 18 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Potts Creek.
 Whitewater Near Potts Creek:
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 6 miles away
      Class I-IV - 18.5 miles long (Crows to Jackson River)
Barbours Creek, Craig County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Route 611 to Craig Creek)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26.5 miles long (Route 603 8.0 miles to Crows)
Ogle Creek, Alleghany County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.7 miles long (Route 661 to Dunlap Creek)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Potts Creek, Craig/ Alleghany County, 10 miles away
      Class I-IV - 32.5 miles long (Route 311 to Route 18)
Craig Creek, Craig County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Old Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Howard Creek, Greenbrier County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 3.1 miles long (Hart Run to Confluence of Greenbrier River)
Little Kanawha River - Right Fork, Upshur Webster Lewis Braxton County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (Cleveland to confluence with Little Kanawha River)
 Ski Areas Near Potts Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 42 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 69 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 83 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 88 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 91 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Potts Creek:
Baymont Inn & Suites Covington, Covington , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express COVINGTON, Covington , 13 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Covington, Covington , 13 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Covington, Covington , 13 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potts Creek:
The Pines Campground, Craig County, 5 miles away
Fenwick Mines Campground, Craig County, 7 miles away
Steel Bridge Campground, Craig County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Potts Creek:
Cove Trail, Craig , 5 miles away
Potts Arm Trail, Craig , 6 miles away
Fenwick Nature Trail, Craig , 7 miles away
Brushy Mountain Trail, Alleghany , 8 miles away
Potts Mountain Trail, Craig , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potts Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 38 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 7 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 15 miles away
Moncove Lake State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potts Creek:
Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs , 14 miles away
Valley View Country Club, White Sulphur Springs , 15 miles away
Cliff View Golf Club & Inn, Covington , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Potts Creek
Lock Haven Lake, Roanoke , 19 miles away
Loch Haven Lake, Roanoke , 19 miles away
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 20 miles away

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