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Virginia whitewater, Cowpasture River

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


CLASS I-II     13.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Roanoke, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The nature scenery of Botetourt County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Great
    exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This stretch of Cowpasture River is 13.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. For all you camping people there
are campgrounds nearby. The Griffith to James River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about
the general area:
While you're here at Cowpasture River you will meet lots of folks from close by Iron Gate; if you like skiing, you're in luck; The Homestead is pretty near. Going for a hike on the Beards Gap Trail is always a glorious adventure; when you're here it's always fun to take a look at Douthat State Park. This river has so much to offer. Near Cowpasture River you stumble on the Brushy Hollow Trail which is a good hiking trail. During the long summer days at Cowpasture River highs are typically in the 80's; the nighttime is a bit chillier of course, typically in the 50's.

Cowpasture River, Griffith 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 Cowpasture River.
 Whitewater Near Cowpasture River:
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
James River, Botetourt County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Jackson River, Alleghany County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 42.5 miles long (Gathright Dam to James River)
Mill Creek, Rockbridge County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Route 42 Wayside to Goshen)
North Creek, Botetourt County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Cowpasture River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 11 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 36 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 56 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 76 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 87 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 95 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 98 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Cowpasture River:
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 9 miles away
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 11 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Covington, Covington , 15 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Mountain View, Covington , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Covington VA, Covington , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cowpasture River:
Buckhorn Store And Campground, Clifton Forge, 4 miles away
The Buckhorne Family Campground, Clifton Forge, 4 miles away
Douthat State Park, Millboro, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cowpasture River:
Brushy Hollow Trail, Bath , 4 miles away
Beards Gap Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Mountain Top Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Mountain Side Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Buck Lick Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cowpasture River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 36 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 5 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 26 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cowpasture River:
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 11 miles away
Lower Cascades Golf Club, Hot Springs , 11 miles away
Cliff View Golf Club & Inn, Covington , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Cowpasture River
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 8 miles away
Lake Moomaw, Alleghany , 15 miles away

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