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Virginia whitewater, Walker Creek

Giles county, Route 713 to Route 636 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     29.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. If you're coming from Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling spots. This
    river system has a few good paddling sections and the Route 713 to Route 636 section is one of them. The natural beauty of Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come
here to paddle. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Route 713 to Route 636 stretch of Walker Creek in Virginia is 29.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Have a great hiking adventure along the Standing Branch Horse Trail. You definitely should have a look at Claytor Lake State Park if you're here at Walker Creek, and hiking along the Ripple Trail is wonderful fun. This is a really good river. The smiling folks of Staffordsville like to hang out nearby. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Walker Creek. Throughout the moonlight hours it's ordinarily in the 50's. For the period of the winter this place gets highs in the 40's; night lows through the winter for Walker Creek tend to be in the 20's.

Walker Creek, Route 713 to Route 636 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Walker Creek.
 Whitewater Near Walker Creek:
New River, Mercer/ Monroe/ Summers/Giles County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 14.8 miles long (State line to Bull Falls Campground)
Little Walker Creek, Giles County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.5 miles long (Alum Springs to Big Walker Creek)
Walker Creek, Giles County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.5 miles long (Route 713 to Route 636)
Rich Creek, Giles VA and Monroe WV County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.1 miles long (Virginia/West Virginia state line to Rich Creek)
Rich Creek, Monroe WV and Giles VA County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.9 miles long (US 219 to stateline)
Stony Creek - New Tributary, Giles County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Route 635 to Route 684)
Little Stony Creek, Giles County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 1.6 miles long (Cascades to USFS Parking Area)
New River, Montgomery/ Giles/ Pulaski County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 52.2 miles long (Claytor Lake to State line)
Indian Creek, Monroe County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Raines Corner to Greenville)
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 20 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
 Ski Areas Near Walker Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 32 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 , 83 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 86 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Walker Creek:
Rock House Marina, Pulaski , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Walker Creek:
Holiday Motor Lodge Pearisburg, Pearisburg , 4 miles away
MacArthur Inn, Narrows , 6 miles away
Inn At Riverbend, Pearisburg , 6 miles away
Rockwood Manor, Dublin , 10 miles away
Hampton Inn Dublin, Dublin , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Walker Creek:
Wapiti Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Staffordsville, 5 miles away
Doc's Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Narrows, 5 miles away
Rice Fields Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Peterstown, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Walker Creek:
Ripple Trail, Giles , 7 miles away
Standing Branch Horse Trail, Giles , 10 miles away
Hoof and Hill Trail, Giles , 10 miles away
Pearis Thompson Horse Trail, Giles , 10 miles away
Conservancy Trail, Giles , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Walker Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 45 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 45 miles away
Claytor Lake State Park, Virginia , 14 miles away
Bluestone State Park, West Virginia , 23 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Walker Creek:
Fountain Springs Golf Course, Peterstown , 9 miles away
Castle Rock Golf Course, Pembroke , 9 miles away
Pulaski Country Club, Pulaski , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Walker Creek
Claytor Lake, Pulaski , 16 miles away
Hoge Pond, Montgomery , 19 miles away

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