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North Carolina whitewater, Big Creek

Stokes county, Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     3.5 miles
  The Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road stretch of Big Creek is 3.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III(IV) section. If you're coming from Winston-Salem 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. The natural beauty of North Carolina and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and
    paddle. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind
that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road stretch is one of them. This is a bit of a short stretch  
so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over.

Briefly about the general area:
Everybody loves Pilot Mountain State Park, and do take a hike on the Cascade Trail. Big Creek is a place with many visitors from Westfield; why not take a refreshing hike along the Moores Knob Trail. This is such a fun river. Hanging Rock State Park is a good location. Big Creek gets a good deal of water. The month with most of the rain is July; January is the month with the least moisture. Summertime highs at Big Creek generally tend to be in the 80's with night lows in the 60's.

Big Creek, Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Big Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Creek:
Big Creek, Stokes County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3.5 miles long (Forrest Road to Lynchburg Road)
Dan River, Stokes County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.4 miles long (Route 89 to Route 1652)
Dan River, Stokes County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Route 1432 to Route 89)
Dan River, Stokes County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.8 miles long (Route 1652 to North Carolina Route 772)
Dan River, Patrick / Stokes (NC) County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Claudville to Jessup Mill)
Dan River, Patrick / Stokes County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Route 773 to Route 1432)
Snow Creek, Stokes County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 4.9 miles long (Route 1674 Bridge to Route 1695 Bridge)
Dan River, Patrick County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 11.5 miles long (Pinnacles Power Plant to Claudville)
Ararat River, Surry County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 21.5 miles long (Route 1772 to Route 2080)
South Mayo River, Henry/ Rockingham County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Virginia Route 695 to Mayo River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 85 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Big Creek:
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Pilot Mountain, Pilot Mountain , 13 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites-Winston-Salem-University Area NC, Winston-Salem , 15 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Winston Salem - University, Winston-Salem , 16 miles away
Quality Inn University, Winston-Salem , 16 miles away
Days Inn Winston Salem North, Winston-Salem , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Creek:
Moores Springs Campground on the Dan River, Westfield, 3 miles away
Hanging Rock State Park, Danbury, 5 miles away
Sunset Park Campground, Walnut Cove, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Big Creek:
Moores Knob Trail, Stokes , 4 miles away
Cascade Trail, Stokes , 5 miles away
Cooks Wall Trail, Stokes , 5 miles away
Hanging Rock Trail, Stokes , 5 miles away
Run Trail, Patrick , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 56 miles away
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina , 5 miles away
Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Creek:
Stonewall Golf Course, Germanton , 11 miles away
Pilot Knob Park Country Club, Pilot Mountain , 13 miles away
Primland Resort, Meadows Of Dan , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Creek
Witherow Lake, Stokes , 2 miles away
Big Dan Lake, Stokes , 7 miles away
Crystal Lake, Forsyth , 18 miles away

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