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West Virginia whitewater, Rich Creek

Monroe WV and Giles VA county, US 219 to stateline section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     7.9 miles
  If you're coming from Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford it's not a long drive at all to the starting location. This section of Rich Creek in West Virginia is 7.9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that
    rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít
have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The scenic beauty of Monroe WV and Giles VA County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Put some time aside to spend at Red Sulphur Spring since you're here at Rich Creek. Near Rich Creek
 
you stumble on the Standing Branch Horse Trail which is a good hiking trail. A tour to Scott Branch Springs will fill your soul with pleasant feelings, and there is a tremendous hiking trail nearby called the Ripple Trail. A river like this is too good to miss. The good people of Peterstown like to hang out close by. Through the months of summer highs here at Rich Creek reach the 80's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 40's; night lows during the wintertime for Rich Creek tend to be in the 20's. From a rain point of view Rich Creek is a rather common spot.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Rich Creek.
 Whitewater Near Rich Creek:
Rich Creek, Giles VA and Monroe WV County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.1 miles long (Virginia/West Virginia state line to Rich Creek)
New River, Mercer/ Monroe/ Summers/Giles County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 14.8 miles long (State line to Bull Falls Campground)
Indian Creek, Monroe County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Raines Corner to Greenville)
Little Wolf Creek, Summers County, 12 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 2.5 miles long (CR 14 Bridge to Greenbrier River)
Walker Creek, Giles County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.5 miles long (Route 713 to Route 636)
Stony Creek - New Tributary, Giles County, 12 miles away
      Class III-V - 7 miles long (Route 635 to Route 684)
Pipestem Creek, Summers County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake)
Little Walker Creek, Giles County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.5 miles long (Alum Springs to Big Walker Creek)
Greenbrier River, Summers County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 5.5 miles long (Willowood bridge to Bellepoint)
Greenbrier River, Summers County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 11.1 miles long (Talcott to Willowood bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Rich Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 25 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 71 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 79 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 90 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 99 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 100 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Rich Creek:
MacArthur Inn, Narrows , 4 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 , 17 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Princeton, Princeton , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rich Creek:
Gentry's Landing, Rich Creek, 2 miles away
Rice Fields Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Peterstown, 3 miles away
Glen Lyn City Park, Glen Lyn, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rich Creek:
Ripple Trail, Giles , 10 miles away
Standing Branch Horse Trail, Giles , 12 miles away
Hoof and Hill Trail, Giles , 12 miles away
Pearis Thompson Horse Trail, Giles , 13 miles away
Allegheny Trail, Monroe , 13 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 , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rich Creek:
Fountain Springs Golf Course, Peterstown , 3 miles away
Castle Rock Golf Course, Pembroke , 12 miles away
Willow Wood Country Club, Hinton , 16 miles away

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