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Rockbridge county, Irish Creek Mission to South River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     7.5 miles
  The Irish Creek Mission to South River stretch of Irish Creek in Virginia is 7.5 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia are easier than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. The put-in location is a short drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, please print out a copy of the road map
    further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and
near. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Irish Creek Mission to South River section is one of them. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is an added bonus. The nature scenery of Virginia and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. 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 can pitch a tent or  
park your RV at a nearby campground. There are nice comfortable hotels here, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
A great site to pop by right next door to Irish Creek is Big Dark Hollow, and if the weather is splendid, you can go for a hike along the Tolley Gap Trail. And that's not everything there is to do here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here at Irish Creek there are plenty of people from Vesuvius, and the Jump Rock Trail is a wonderful hiking trail close by. This is such a great river. The annual rainfall here at Irish Creek is about average.

Irish Creek, Irish Creek Mission to South 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 Irish Creek.
 Whitewater Near Irish Creek:
Piney River - South Fork, Amherst County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (First bridge to National Forest boundary.)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
Irish Creek, Rockbridge County, 3 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Irish Creek Mission to South River)
Marl Creek, Rockbridge County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.2 miles long (roadside Route 706)
Hay's Creek, Rockbridge County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 1.25 miles long (Eastfields to Walker's Creek)
Marl Creek - South R.Trib, Rockbridge County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1 miles long (Steele's Tavern to Virginia-56)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 8 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Forks of Buffalo to Amherst)
Tye River - South Fork, Nelson County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Route 56 to Nash)
Tye River - Upper South Fork, Nelson County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Montebello to first Route 56 bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Irish Creek:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 23 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 43 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 48 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 59 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 65 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 95 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Irish Creek:
Maple Hall Inn, Lexington , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Raphine, Raphine , 7 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Lexington, Lexington , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Lexington, Lexington , 7 miles away
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Irish Creek:
Oronoco Campground, Amherst County, 4 miles away
Cow Camp Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Vesuvius, 5 miles away
Shady Mountain Campground, Amherst County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Irish Creek:
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 10 miles away
Jump Rock Trail, Rockbridge , 13 miles away
Tuscarora Trail, Rockbridge , 14 miles away
Cashaw Creek Trail, Amherst , 14 miles away
Viewing Rock Trail, Rockbridge , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Irish Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 48 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 37 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Irish Creek:
Vista Links Golf Course, Buena Vista , 7 miles away
Poplar Grove Golf Club, Amherst , 10 miles away
Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington , 14 miles away

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