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Virginia whitewater, Rich Creek

Giles VA and Monroe WV county, Virginia/West Virginia state line to Rich Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     2.1 miles
  The Virginia/West Virginia state line to Rich Creek stretch of Rich Creek in Virginia is 2.1 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The scenic beauty of Giles VA and Monroe WV County and the water flowing gracefully down Rich Creek attract people from near and far. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. There's camping available near Rich
    Creek. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around
here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford.

Briefly about the general area:
On a good day at
 
Rich Creek you can take a hike along the Ripple Trail, and you're sure to bump into some good people from Rich Creek here. Near Rich Creek you hit upon fine sites like Manuel Hollow. There is a delightful hiking trail right next door to Rich Creek called the Standing Branch Horse Trail. A typical amount of rain falls here at Rich Creek. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain; January is when it's the driest. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Rich Creek. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. High temperatures throughout the wintertime are normally in the 40's; after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Rich Creek dip into the 20's.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rich Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rich Creek:
Rich Creek, Monroe WV and Giles VA County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.9 miles long (US 219 to stateline)
New River, Mercer/ Monroe/ Summers/Giles County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 14.8 miles long (State line to Bull Falls Campground)
Walker Creek, Giles County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.5 miles long (Route 713 to Route 636)
Little Walker Creek, Giles County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.5 miles long (Alum Springs to Big Walker Creek)
Little Wolf Creek, Summers County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.5 miles long (CR 14 Bridge to Greenbrier River)
Pipestem Creek, Summers County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake)
Indian Creek, Monroe County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Raines Corner to Greenville)
Stony Creek - New Tributary, Giles County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Route 635 to Route 684)
Greenbrier River, Summers County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (Willowood bridge to Bellepoint)
New River, Summers/ Fayette/ Raleigh County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 11 miles long (Bluestone Dam to Sandstone)
 Ski Areas Near Rich Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 25 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 73 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Rich Creek:
Rock House Marina, Pulaski , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Rich Creek:
MacArthur Inn, Narrows , 3 miles away
Holiday Motor Lodge Pearisburg, Pearisburg , 6 miles away
Inn At Riverbend, Pearisburg , 9 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Princeton, WV, Princeton , 16 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Princeton, Princeton , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rich Creek:
Gentry's Landing, Rich Creek, 1 miles away
Glen Lyn City Park, Glen Lyn, 3 miles away
Rice Fields Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Peterstown, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rich Creek:
Ripple Trail, Giles , 9 miles away
Standing Branch Horse Trail, Giles , 11 miles away
Hoof and Hill Trail, Giles , 11 miles away
Pearis Thompson Horse Trail, Giles , 12 miles away
Conservancy Trail, Giles , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rich Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 37 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 37 miles away
Bluestone State Park, West Virginia , 15 miles away
Claytor Lake State Park, Virginia , 22 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rich Creek:
Fountain Springs Golf Course, Peterstown , 5 miles away
Castle Rock Golf Course, Pembroke , 13 miles away
High Country Club, Princeton , 16 miles away

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