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Grayson county, Stuart Dam to Fries section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     41 miles
  The Stuart Dam to Fries section of New River in Grayson County is 41 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. 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. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. A stretch this
    long is of course too much for a one day trip, so it looks like you will be camping out. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're
a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The put-in location is a short drive from North Wilkesboro, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The natural beauty of Grayson County and the cool fresh water have people coming here. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. Whitewater  
paddling here in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Near New River you come across the Perkins Knob Trail which is a glorious hiking trail, and people from Independence love to come here. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. Going for a hike on the Divide Trail is always a great adventure, and close by Low Gap is a great place to go. This river is a wonderful place to visit. Stone Mountain State Park is a great location to stretch your legs a bit. From a rainfall point of view New River is a relatively normal spot.

New River, Stuart Dam to Fries 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 New River.
 Whitewater Near New River:
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (US Route 221/21 to US Route 58/221)
Elk Creek, Grayson County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 650 to New River)
New River, Carroll/ Wythe/ Pulaski/ Grayson County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Fries to Allisonia)
New River, Grayson County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 41 miles long (Stuart Dam to Fries)
New River, Alleghany NC/Grayson VA County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Stuart Dam to US 221/21)
New River - South Fork, Watauga/ Ashe/ Alleghany County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 61 miles long (Route 1347 to Mouth of Wilson)
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
Big Wilson Creek, Grayson County, 23 miles away
      Class III-V+ - 3 miles long (Close to Mouth of Wilson)
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 23 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
Reddies River, Wilkes County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Route 1546 to North Wilkesboro)
 Ski Areas Near New River:
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 52 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near New River:
Knights Inn Galax, Galax , 15 miles away
Rodeway Inn Galax, Galax , 15 miles away
The Bolling Wilson Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Wytheville , 17 miles away
Budget Host Inn Wytheville, Wytheville , 17 miles away
La Quinta Inn Wytheville, Wytheville , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near New River:
New River Campground and Canoe, Independence, 5 miles away
New River Canoe and Campground, Independence, 5 miles away
New River Canoe Rentals, Sparta, 5 miles away
 Trails Near New River:
Perkins Knob Trail, Grayson , 6 miles away
Divide Trail, Wythe , 6 miles away
Mountain Trail, Grayson , 7 miles away
Horse Heaven Trail, Wythe , 7 miles away
Little Dry Run Trail, Wythe , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near New River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 69 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 69 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 13 miles away
New River State Park, North Carolina , 21 miles away
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near New River:
New River Country Club, Sparta , 7 miles away
Olde Beau Golf & Country Club, Sparta , 11 miles away
Crestview Golf Course, Ennice , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near New River
Rural Retreat Lake, Wythe , 14 miles away

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