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Virginia whitewater, North Creek

Botetourt county, Campground to Jennings Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     2.5 miles
  This section of North Creek is 2.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. The starting location is a short drive from Roanoke, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. When
    you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. There's camping available near North Creek. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Campground
to Jennings Creek section is one of them. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The wonderful Virginia scenery and the water flowing gracefully down North Creek will make you feel great. This is a somewhat short  
section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
There's pleasant hiking along the McFalls Ridge Trail, and this is a popular site for folks from Buchanan. All the outdoors enjoyable things in the Blue Ridge Mountains will keep you coming back many times. A good place to visit in the vicinity of North Creek is Colon Hollow, and great hiking is available along the Cove Mountain Trail. This river is always fun.

North Creek, Campground to Jennings Creek 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 North Creek.
 Whitewater Near North Creek:
North Creek, Botetourt County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
Jennings Creek, Botetourt County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 614 to James River)
James River, Rockbridge/ Amherst County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Glasgow to Snowden)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
James River, Botetourt County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Hay's Creek, Rockbridge County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 1.25 miles long (Eastfields to Walker's Creek)
 Ski Areas Near North Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 50 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 55 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 75 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near North Creek:
Smith Mountain Yacht Club, Moneta , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near North Creek:
Peaks Of Otter Lodge, Bedford , 5 miles away
The Natural Bridge Historic Hotel, Natural Bridge , 6 miles away
Days Inn Bedford, Bedford , 12 miles away
Super 8 Bedford, Bedford , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Lexington, Lexington , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Creek:
North Creek, Natural Bridge Station, 1 miles away
Colon Hollow Shelter Campground, Botetourt County, 1 miles away
Bryant Ridge Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Natural Bridge Station, 1 miles away
 Trails Near North Creek:
Cove Mountain Trail, Botetourt , 2 miles away
McFalls Ridge Trail, Botetourt , 3 miles away
Fallingwater Trail, Botetourt , 4 miles away
Wildcat Trail, Botetourt , 4 miles away
Flat Top Mountain Trail, Botetourt , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 23 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 25 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North Creek:
Bedford Country Club, Bedford , 10 miles away
Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington , 16 miles away
Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near North Creek
Beaverdam Reservoir, Bedford , 19 miles away

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