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Virginia whitewater, Roanoke River - South Fork

Bedford Campbell county, Shawsville to Roanoke River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     8 miles
 
What parking place do you park at to get in?  Parking place to get out for this trip? Could tubes work also? Says Ken Boyd

This run is great, but it is NOT in Bedford or Campbell county not even near. it starts in Mongomry county and flows into Roanoke county.use the put in at the Dixie Caverns wayside on Rt. 11. there are several take outs you can use, the river is next to the road in several places. Says Kurt

The starting
    point is not too far from Roanoke, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so if
you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The nature scenery of Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Roanoke River - South Fork will make you feel great. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is  
a great plus for this river. 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. The Shawsville to Roanoke River section of Roanoke River - South Fork in Virginia is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Roanoke River - South Fork you will meet lots of folks from close by Elliston; Seneca Hollow is in the vicinity, and is a pleasant place.

Roanoke River - South Fork, Shawsville to Roanoke 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 Roanoke River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
Roanoke River - South Fork, Bedford/ Campbell County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Shawsville to Roanoke River)
Bottom Creek, Montgomery County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Bottom Creek Road Bridge To Route 637)
Roanoke River - North Fork, Bedford/ Campbell County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 14 miles long (Route 603 to Roanoke River)
Craig Creek, Craig County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Old Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 21 miles long (Route 632 bridge to Route 311 bridge)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Little River - New R. Tributary, Montgomery/ Floyd County, 17 miles away
      Class I-IV - 13 miles long (Riner to Copper Valley)
Barbours Creek, Craig County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Route 611 to Craig Creek)
Potts Creek, Craig/ Alleghany County, 20 miles away
      Class I-IV - 32.5 miles long (Route 311 to Route 18)
Smith River, Patrick County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Charity to Backwater of Philpott Lake)
 Ski Areas Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
The Homestead, Virginia , 49 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 69 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 97 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
Super 8 Christiansburg, Christiansburg , 9 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CHRISTIANSBURG, Christiansburg , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Christiansburg, Christiansburg , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Christiansburg, Christiansburg , 9 miles away
Days Inn Christiansburg, Christiansburg , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
Dixie Caverns, Salem, 5 miles away
Interstate Overnight Park, Christiansburg, 9 miles away
Pickle Branch Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Catawba, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
Dragon Tooth Trail, Roanoke , 10 miles away
Trout Creek Appalachian Trail, Craig , 11 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Craig , 16 miles away
Johns Creek Mountain Trail, Craig , 17 miles away
Brush Mountain Horse Trail, Montgomery , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 34 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 22 miles away
Moncove Lake State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roanoke River - South Fork:
Blacksburg Country Club, Blacksburg , 9 miles away
Blacksburg Municipal Golf Course, Blacksburg , 12 miles away
Salem Golf Course, Salem , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Roanoke River - South Fork
Lock Haven Lake, Roanoke , 18 miles away
Loch Haven Lake, Roanoke , 18 miles away
Hoge Pond, Montgomery , 18 miles away

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