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North Carolina whitewater, New River

Alleghany NC Grayson VA county, Stuart Dam to US 221/21 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     11 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The starting location is a reasonable drive from North Wilkesboro, as you can see on the road map further down. The natural beauty of North Carolina and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you
    hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before
you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch of New River in Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County is 11 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of  
people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. The Stuart Dam to US 221/21 section is one of many paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
During your spree to New River you'll meet some people from Piney Creek for sure. Everybody loves Stone Mountain State Park; hiking along the Crigger Creek Trail is splendid fun. This river has so much to offer. A trip to New River State Park revitalizes the spirit; you can have a nice hiking adventure along the Little Dry Run Trail.

New River, Stuart Dam to US 221/21 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
New River, Grayson County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 41 miles long (Stuart Dam to Fries)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Stuart Dam to US 221/21)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221)
New River - South Fork, Watauga/ Ashe/ Alleghany County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 61 miles long (Route 1347 to Mouth of Wilson)
Elk Creek, Grayson County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 650 to New River)
Big Wilson Creek, Grayson County, 17 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Close to Mouth of Wilson)
Reddies River, Wilkes County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Route 1546 to North Wilkesboro)
New River, Carroll/ Wythe/ Pulaski/ Grayson County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Fries to Allisonia)
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
Yadkin River, Wilkes County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Route 1178 below West Kerr Scott Dam to Route 2327)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 37 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 47 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 57 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 94 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Days Inn Jefferson, Jefferson , 17 miles away
Buffalo Tavern Bed Breakfast, West Jefferson , 20 miles away
Hampton Inn West Jefferson, West Jefferson , 20 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WEST JEFFERSON, West Jefferson , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn Atkins, Atkins , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
River Camp USA RV Park and Campground, Piney Creek, 5 miles away
New River Campground and Canoe, Independence, 6 miles away
New River Canoe and Campground, Independence, 6 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Crigger Creek Trail, Smyth , 11 miles away
Little Dry Run Trail, Wythe , 11 miles away
Perkins Knob Trail, Grayson , 12 miles away
Virginia Highland Trail, Smyth , 12 miles away
Divide Trail, Wythe , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
New River State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 14 miles away
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
New River Country Club, Sparta , 6 miles away
Olde Beau Golf & Country Club, Sparta , 13 miles away
Jefferson Landing Club, Jefferson , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Rural Retreat Lake, Wythe , 16 miles away

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