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Virginia whitewater, Elk Creek

Grayson county, Route 650 to New River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     4.5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. If you're coming from North Wilkesboro it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Virginia and the playfulness of the water are in
    themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Route 650 to New River section of Elk Creek is 4.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-III section. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's
good length for a morning trip. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. There are some good  
sections to paddle in this river system, the Route 650 to New River section is one of them. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
A trip to Stone Mountain State Park when you're here at Elk Creek is a delightful idea, and you can have a great hiking adventure along the Bournes Branch Trail. Man, is there a lot of entertaining things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains. During your trip to Elk Creek you'll meet some folks from Fries for sure. While you're here at Elk Creek you can take a hike along the Yellow Branch Trail.

Elk Creek, Route 650 to New 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 Elk Creek.
 Whitewater Near Elk Creek:
Elk Creek, Grayson County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 650 to New River)
New River, Carroll/ Wythe/ Pulaski/ Grayson County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Fries to Allisonia)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221)
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 18 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
New River, Grayson County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 41 miles long (Stuart Dam to Fries)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Stuart Dam to US 221/21)
Little Reed Island Creek, Carroll/ Pulaski County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Sylvatus to New River Close to Allisonia)
New River - South Fork, Watauga/ Ashe/ Alleghany County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 61 miles long (Route 1347 to Mouth of Wilson)
Mitchell River, Surry County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 10.5 miles long (Route 1315 Bridge to Route 268 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Elk Creek:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 51 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Elk Creek:
Knights Inn Galax, Galax , 9 miles away
Rodeway Inn Galax, Galax , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Galax, Galax , 12 miles away
Budget Host Inn Wytheville, Wytheville , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WYTHEVILLE, Wytheville , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Elk Creek:
River Views Campground, Galax, 6 miles away
Fries New River RV Park, Fries, 6 miles away
Hussy Mountain Horse Camp, Cripple Creek, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Elk Creek:
Bournes Branch Trail, Grayson , 5 miles away
Yellow Branch Trail, Poquoson (city) , 6 miles away
Mountain Trail, Grayson , 6 miles away
Miles Gap Trail, Grayson , 7 miles away
Cliff Branch Trail, Carroll , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Elk Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 68 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 68 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
New River State Park, North Carolina , 27 miles away
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Elk Creek:
City Of Galax Mun Golf Course, Galax , 10 miles away
Crestview Golf Course, Ennice , 10 miles away
New River Country Club, Sparta , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Elk Creek
Rural Retreat Lake, Wythe , 18 miles away

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