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Virginia whitewater, Dunlap Creek

Alleghany county, Crows to Jackson River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     18.5 miles
  The Crows to Jackson River section of Dunlap Creek in Alleghany County is 18.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-IV section of whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Roanoke, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. If you've been whitewater
    rafting and kayaking outside Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so better not forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Crows
to Jackson River section is one of them. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camping  

Briefly about the general area:
Dunlap Creek is right by the Brushy Mountain Trail, and there are plenty of folks from Covington here at Dunlap Creek. Hiking along the Little Allegheny Mountain Trail is splendid fun, and a tour here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to close by Jefferson National Forest. If you come to this river you will have a good time for sure. All through the days of summer at Dunlap Creek temperatures are mostly in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures dip down into the 50's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 30's, and after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Dunlap Creek sink into the 10's.

Dunlap Creek, Crows to Jackson 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 Dunlap Creek.
 Whitewater Near Dunlap Creek:
Ogle Creek, Alleghany County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.7 miles long (Route 661 to Dunlap Creek)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 7 miles away
      Class I-IV - 18.5 miles long (Crows to Jackson River)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26.5 miles long (Route 603 8.0 miles to Crows)
Barbours Creek, Craig County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Route 611 to Craig Creek)
Anthony Creek, Greenbrier County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Neola to Blue Bend Recreation Area)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Jackson River, Alleghany County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 42.5 miles long (Gathright Dam to James River)
Anthony Creek, Greenbrier County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.4 miles long (Blue Bend Recreation Area to confluence of Greenbrier River)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Potts Creek, Craig/ Alleghany County, 15 miles away
      Class I-IV - 32.5 miles long (Route 311 to Route 18)
 Ski Areas Near Dunlap Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 19 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 37 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 80 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 85 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 99 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Dunlap Creek:
Baymont Inn & Suites Covington, Covington , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Covington VA, Covington , 9 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Mountain View, Covington , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Covington, Covington , 9 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dunlap Creek:
The Pines Campground, Craig County, 8 miles away
Fenwick Mines Campground, Craig County, 10 miles away
Steel Bridge Campground, Craig County, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Dunlap Creek:
Brushy Mountain Trail, Alleghany , 6 miles away
Little Allegheny Mountain Trail, Greenbrier , 9 miles away
Wild Meadow Trail, Greenbrier , 9 miles away
Humphreys Draft Trail, Greenbrier , 10 miles away
Oliver Mountain Trail, Alleghany , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dunlap Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 41 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 11 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Moncove Lake State Park, West Virginia , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dunlap Creek:
Cliff View Golf Club & Inn, Covington , 10 miles away
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 13 miles away
Oakhurst Links, White Sulphur Springs , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Dunlap Creek
Lake Moomaw, Alleghany , 15 miles away
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 16 miles away

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