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Virginia whitewater, Tennessee Laurel Creek

Johnson county, Roadside Laurel section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+(IV)     2.5 miles
  This stretch of Tennessee Laurel Creek in Virginia is 2.5 miles long and is a class III+(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of Johnson County and the water flowing gracefully down Tennessee Laurel Creek beats anything. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are
    less demanding. This is a somewhat short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. And of course,
there are campgrounds nearby. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're coming from Boone it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Here at Tennessee Laurel Creek there are plenty of folks from Laurel Bloomery, and hiking is a popular thing to do around Tennessee Laurel Creek; Clark Mountain Trail is a glorious local trail. Near Tennessee Laurel Creek you come across Negro Grave Hollow which is a good location to stop by. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Maple Spring Fire Trail. For the duration of the summertime months at Tennessee Laurel Creek highs are usually in the 80's. Summer night lows descend down to the 50's. For the duration of the winter highs are in the 40's with temperatures at Tennessee Laurel Creek dipping down into the 20's during winter nights.

Tennessee Laurel Creek, Roadside Laurel 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 Tennessee Laurel Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 1 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Green Cove Creek, Washington County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (AT - Virginia Creeper Trail)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Big Wilson Creek, Grayson County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Close to Mouth of Wilson)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (US Route 321 Bridge to Route 1200)
 Ski Areas Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 25 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 27 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
MillsapBaker Estate, Damascus , 2 miles away
Econo Lodge Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 9 miles away
Knights Inn Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 9 miles away
Knights Inn Chilhowie, Chilhowie , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Saunders Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Laurel Bloomery, 4 miles away
Happy Valley Campground, Mountain City, 4 miles away
Backbone Rock, Damascus, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Clark Mountain Trail, Washington , 3 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 10 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 10 miles away
Iron Mountain Trail, Smyth , 10 miles away
Elk Garden Trail, Smyth , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 22 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tennessee Laurel Creek:
Deer Field Golf Course, Damascus , 3 miles away
Greenway Creek Golf Course, Glade Spring , 10 miles away
Redtail Mountain Golf Club, Mountain City , 10 miles away

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