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Virginia whitewater, Catawba Creek

Botetourt county, Fincastle to James River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     12 miles
  The natural beauty of Virginia and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The put-in location is a short drive from Roanoke, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The Fincastle to James River stretch of Catawba Creek in Botetourt County is 12 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking
    spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general
area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Fincastle to James River stretch is one of them. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout  
and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Catawba Creek you'll possibly meet some folks from Fincastle, and the Curry Creek Trail offers hiking at its best. There's no way anyone can get bored here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Spec Mines Trail. Summertime highs at Catawba Creek commonly tend to be in the 80's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Catawba Creek fall into the 20's.

Catawba Creek, Fincastle to James River 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 Catawba Creek.
 Whitewater Near Catawba Creek:
Catawba Creek, Botetourt County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Fincastle to James River)
James River, Botetourt County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Jennings Creek, Botetourt County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 614 to James River)
North Creek, Botetourt County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
Barbours Creek, Craig County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Route 611 to Craig Creek)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Catawba Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 22 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 48 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 65 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 85 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 87 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 88 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 88 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Catawba Creek:
Quality Inn Troutville, Troutville , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express TROUTVILLE - ROANOKE NORTH, Troutville , 10 miles away
Super 8 Daleville/Roanoke, Daleville , 10 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Daleville/Roanoke North, Daleville , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn Troutville - Roanoke North, Troutville , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Catawba Creek:
Wilson Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Blue Ridge, 9 miles away
Craig Creek Campground, Botetourt County, 9 miles away
Fullhardt Knob Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Troutville, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Catawba Creek:
Curry Creek Trail, Botetourt , 8 miles away
Spec Mines Trail, Botetourt , 9 miles away
Hammond Hollow Trail, Botetourt , 10 miles away
Fenwick Nature Trail, Craig , 15 miles away
McFalls Ridge Trail, Botetourt , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Catawba Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 22 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 15 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Catawba Creek:
Botetourt Country Club, Troutville , 8 miles away
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 14 miles away
Putt Putt Golf & Games, Roanoke , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Catawba Creek
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 13 miles away
Beaverdam Reservoir, Bedford , 13 miles away
Loch Haven Lake, Roanoke , 16 miles away

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