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Virginia whitewater, Chestnut Creek

Carroll county, Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     11.5 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The beautiful scenery of Carroll County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Getting your paddling
    muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. You can pitch a tent or park
your RV at a nearby campground. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. The Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River section of Chestnut Creek in Virginia is 11.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Mount  
Airy, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Chestnut Creek is a site with many visitors from Galax, and the Yellow Branch Trail is a nice hiking trail nearby. If you want a nice time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Near Chestnut Creek you discover the Bournes Branch Trail which is a pleasant hiking trail. For the period of the warmest time of the year here at Chestnut Creek, high temperatures regularly reach the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 50's.

Chestnut Creek, Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

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These outdoors activities are available near Chestnut Creek.
 Whitewater Near Chestnut Creek:
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
New River, Carroll/ Wythe/ Pulaski/ Grayson County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Fries to Allisonia)
Elk Creek, Grayson County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 650 to New River)
Little Reed Island Creek, Carroll/ Pulaski County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Sylvatus to New River Close to Allisonia)
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 15 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221)
Mitchell River, Surry County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Route 1315 Bridge to Route 268 Bridge)
Big Reed Island Creek, Carroll County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 20 miles long (US Route 221 to New River)
Fisher River, Surry County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (US Route 601 Bridge to Rockford)
Big Reed Island Creek, Carroll County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 12.5 miles long (Route 58 to US Route 221)
 Ski Areas Near Chestnut Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 53 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 58 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
 Hotels Near Chestnut Creek:
Rodeway Inn Galax, Galax , 1 miles away
Knights Inn Galax, Galax , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn Galax, Galax , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Chestnut Creek:
River Views Campground, Galax, 3 miles away
Fries New River RV Park, Fries, 4 miles away
Deer Creek Recreational Vehicle Resort, Galax, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Chestnut Creek:
Yellow Branch Trail, Poquoson (city) , 9 miles away
Bournes Branch Trail, Grayson , 10 miles away
Cliff Branch Trail, Carroll , 11 miles away
Miles Gap Trail, Grayson , 11 miles away
Mountain Trail, Grayson , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Chestnut Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 70 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 70 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 16 miles away
Claytor Lake State Park, Virginia , 30 miles away
New River State Park, North Carolina , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Chestnut Creek:
City Of Galax Mun Golf Course, Galax , 1 miles away
Crestview Golf Course, Ennice , 9 miles away
Skyland Lakes Golf Club, Fancy Gap , 14 miles away

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