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Virginia whitewater, Johns Creek

Craig county, Route 311 bridge to New Castle section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V)     5.5 miles
AW advises to stay off this creek till the land owner issue is resolved. thanks! Says Va. Boaters

The Route 311 bridge to New Castle stretch of Johns Creek in Craig County is 5.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-IV(V) section. The wonderful Craig County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often
    easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This is a pretty decent length section, it's good length for a morning trip. There are some good stretches to paddle
in this river system, the Route 311 bridge to New Castle stretch is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep  
you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Meadow Creek Falls is always fun to check out; no need to travel far to have a look at interesting stuff like Lovers Leap. Go for a hike on the Cove Trail, and Johns Creek is not far at all from New Castle. At this river you will always have a good time. There are great spots to discover along the Potts Arm Trail, and Penny Hollow is beyond doubt a fine location to stop by. A journey to Jefferson National Forest when you're here at Johns Creek is a good idea. A typical amount of precipitation falls here at Johns Creek.

Johns Creek, Route 311 bridge to New Castle road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Johns Creek.
 Whitewater Near Johns Creek:
Johns Creek, Craig County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 5.5 miles long (Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Barbours Creek, Craig County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Route 611 to Craig Creek)
Craig Creek, Craig County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (Old Route 311 bridge to New Castle)
Potts Creek, Craig/ Alleghany County, 9 miles away
      Class I-IV - 32.5 miles long (Route 311 to Route 18)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 11 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26.5 miles long (Route 603 8.0 miles to Crows)
Dunlap Creek, Alleghany County, 12 miles away
      Class I-IV - 18.5 miles long (Crows to Jackson River)
Johns Creek, Craig County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 21 miles long (Route 632 bridge to Route 311 bridge)
Catawba Creek, Botetourt County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Fincastle to James River)
Ogle Creek, Alleghany County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.7 miles long (Route 661 to Dunlap Creek)
Little Kanawha River - Right Fork, Upshur Webster Lewis Braxton County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.6 miles long (Cleveland to confluence with Little Kanawha River)
 Ski Areas Near Johns Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 31 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 51 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 86 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 96 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 99 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Johns Creek:
Holiday Inn SALEM-ROANOKE, Salem , 12 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn And Conference Center Salem, Salem , 12 miles away
Super 8 Salem VA, Salem , 12 miles away
Quality Inn Salem, Salem , 12 miles away
Comfort Suites Salem, Salem , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Johns Creek:
Fenwick Mines Campground, Craig County, 7 miles away
The Pines Campground, Craig County, 7 miles away
Steel Bridge Campground, Craig County, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Johns Creek:
Potts Arm Trail, Craig , 4 miles away
Cove Trail, Craig , 4 miles away
North Mountain Trail, Craig , 7 miles away
Fenwick Nature Trail, Craig , 7 miles away
Trout Creek Appalachian Trail, Craig , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Johns Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 34 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 6 miles away
Moncove Lake State Park, West Virginia , 16 miles away
Greenbrier State Forest, West Virginia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Johns Creek:
Hanging Rock Golf Club, Salem , 12 miles away
Salem Golf Course, Salem , 13 miles away
Lakeside Golf Center, Salem , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Johns Creek
Lock Haven Lake, Roanoke , 13 miles away
Loch Haven Lake, Roanoke , 13 miles away

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