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Virginia whitewater, Beaverdam Creek

Johnson (TN) Washington county, Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     4 miles
  The Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek section of Beaverdam Creek in Virginia is 4 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled
    as well. 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. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the water flowing
gracefully down Beaverdam Creek make the trip here worthwhile. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
are plenty of folks from Damascus here at Beaverdam Creek, and Davis Hollow is without doubt a glorious site to visit. No need to travel far to stop by attention-grabbing stuff like Backbone Rock, and there's glorious hiking along the Clark Mountain Trail. This river is a great place to visit. The Maple Spring Fire Trail offers hiking at its best. Beaverdam Creek gets lots of water. Of all the months in a year May is the one with the most rain, and December is the month with the least moisture. Summertime highs at Beaverdam Creek ordinarily tend to be in the 70's while overnight lows are generally in the 50's.

Beaverdam Creek, Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek 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 Beaverdam Creek.
 Whitewater Near Beaverdam Creek:
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Green Cove Creek, Washington County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (AT - Virginia Creeper Trail)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.9 miles long (Guys Ford Bridge to Watauga Lake)
Watauga River, Watauga County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (US Route 321 Bridge to Route 1200)
 Ski Areas Near Beaverdam Creek:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 24 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 26 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 , 61 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Beaverdam Creek:
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 17 miles away
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 19 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Beaverdam 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
Americas Best Value Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 10 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Abingdon, VA, Abingdon , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Beaverdam Creek:
Backbone Rock, Damascus, 1 miles away
Happy Valley Campground, Mountain City, 4 miles away
Saunders Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Laurel Bloomery, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Beaverdam Creek:
Clark Mountain Trail, Washington , 3 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 7 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 7 miles away
Wyatt Fire Trail, Sullivan , 10 miles away
Wyatt Fire Trail, Sullivan , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Beaverdam Creek:
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 21 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Beaverdam Creek:
Deer Field Golf Course, Damascus , 3 miles away
Greenway Creek Golf Course, Glade Spring , 10 miles away
Redtail Mountain Golf Club, Mountain City , 11 miles away

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