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Virginia whitewater, Simpson Creek

Alleghany county, Truckstop to Route 60 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia are easier than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The Truckstop to Route 60 stretch of Simpson Creek in Alleghany County is 6.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great.
    A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The starting point is not too far from Roanoke, there's a road map
further down the page with more info on that. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Truckstop to Route 60 section is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because  
it is a very popular destination. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Simpson Creek; White Rock Tower Trail is a delightful local trail. A trip to Douthat State Park rejuvenates the soul; you'll in all probability meet some folks from Iron Gate here. This river is so great. Why not take a refreshing hike along the North Branch Trail, and why not head up to The Homestead and strap some skis to your feet. Simpson Creek sees pretty high levels of rainfall. The wettest month of the year is regularly July, that's the one that rains the most while December is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Simpson Creek, Truckstop to Route 60 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 Simpson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Simpson Creek:
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
James River, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Mill Creek, Rockbridge County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Route 42 Wayside to Goshen)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Laurel Run, Rockbridge County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Game road to Maury River)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Goshen to Maury River)
 Ski Areas Near Simpson Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 14 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 52 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 72 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 98 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 99 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Simpson Creek:
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 13 miles away
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 13 miles away
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Lexington, Lexington , 18 miles away
Good Place Farms Bed And Breakfast, Lexington , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Simpson Creek:
Lake A. Willis Robertson County Park, Natural Bridge, 6 miles away
Buckhorn Store And Campground, Clifton Forge, 8 miles away
The Buckhorne Family Campground, Clifton Forge, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Simpson Creek:
White Rock Tower Trail, Alleghany , 2 miles away
North Branch Trail, Alleghany , 3 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Alleghany , 4 miles away
Rich Hole Trail, Rockbridge , 5 miles away
Rich Hole Trail, Alleghany , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Simpson Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 35 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 8 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 29 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Simpson Creek:
Lower Cascades Golf Club, Hot Springs , 15 miles away
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 15 miles away
Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Simpson Creek
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 12 miles away
Lake Moomaw, Alleghany , 19 miles away

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