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Virginia whitewater, Green Cove Creek

Washington county, AT - Virginia Creeper Trail section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV+(V)     1.5 miles
  The AT - Virginia Creeper Trail stretch of Green Cove Creek in Washington County is 1.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV+(V) section. The scenic beauty of Washington County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Boone, as you can see on the road map further down. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one,
    but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Whitewater rafting and
kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. The AT - Virginia Creeper Trail section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
Bear Tree Gap is a fine place to look at,
and you can go for a hike on the Elk Garden Trail. Here at Green Cove Creek there are plenty of people from Laurel Bloomery, and going for a hike on the Iron Mountain Trail is always a good adventure. This river is always fun. When you're here at Green Cove Creek it's always fun to explore Grayson Highlands State Park. Green Cove Creek frequently gets a great deal of rain. July is the wettest month with most rain while November is the month with the least amount of precipitation. For the period of the long summer days, highs generally are in the 80's at Green Cove Creek, and during the night it cools down to the 50's.

Green Cove Creek, AT - Virginia Creeper Trail 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 Green Cove Creek.
 Whitewater Near Green Cove Creek:
Green Cove Creek, Washington County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (AT - Virginia Creeper Trail)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 0 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Big Wilson Creek, Grayson County, 13 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Close to Mouth of Wilson)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
New River - South Fork, Watauga/ Ashe/ Alleghany County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 61 miles long (Route 1347 to Mouth of Wilson)
 Ski Areas Near Green Cove Creek:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 26 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 29 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 30 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 31 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 65 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Green Cove Creek:
MillsapBaker Estate, Damascus , 8 miles away
Econo Lodge Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 10 miles away
Knights Inn Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 11 miles away
General Francis Marion Hotel, Marion , 15 miles away
The Collins House Inn, Marion , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Green Cove Creek:
Lost Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Whitetop, 1 miles away
Beartree, Laurel Bloomery, 2 miles away
Saunders Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Laurel Bloomery, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Green Cove Creek:
Iron Mountain Trail, Smyth , 4 miles away
Elk Garden Trail, Smyth , 6 miles away
Clark Mountain Trail, Washington , 7 miles away
Helton Creek Trail, Grayson , 7 miles away
Grassy Branch Trail, Smyth , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Green Cove Creek:
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 12 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 16 miles away
Mount Jefferson State Park, North Carolina , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Green Cove Creek:
Scenic View Golf Course, Chilhowie , 7 miles away
Deer Field Golf Course, Damascus , 8 miles away
Greenway Creek Golf Course, Glade Spring , 9 miles away

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