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Virginia whitewater, Reed Creek

Wythe county, I-81 to New River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-IV     8 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The put-in location is a short drive from Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Reed Creek is 8 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-IV section of whitewater.
    Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable
for an afternoon trip. The I-81 to New River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The beautiful scenery of Wythe County and the playfulness of the water will make you feel great. 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.  
When you're paddling down a Blue Ridge Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Cliff Branch Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. This is a popular place for people from Max Meadows, and while you're here you can take a hike along the Yellow Branch Trail. This is such a wonderful river. Throughout the warm months at Reed Creek highs are ordinarily in the 80's. During the dark hours of summer temperatures plunge down into the 50's. Throughout the winter highs are mostly in the 40's, and night lows during the wintertime for Reed Creek tend to be in the 20's.

Reed Creek, I-81 to New 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 Reed Creek.
 Whitewater Near Reed Creek:
Reed Creek, Wythe County, 3 miles away
      Class I-IV - 8 miles long (I-81 to New River)
Little Reed Island Creek, Carroll/ Pulaski County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Sylvatus to New River Close to Allisonia)
Little Walker Creek, Giles County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 7.5 miles long (Alum Springs to Big Walker Creek)
Walker Creek, Giles County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 29.5 miles long (Route 713 to Route 636)
Chestnut Creek, Carroll County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 11.5 miles long (Route 721 to Byllesby Dam on New River)
New River, Carroll/ Wythe/ Pulaski/ Grayson County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 32 miles long (Fries to Allisonia)
Big Reed Island Creek, Carroll County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 20 miles long (US Route 221 to New River)
Elk Creek, Grayson County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 650 to New River)
New River, Montgomery/ Giles/ Pulaski County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 52.2 miles long (Claytor Lake to State line)
New River, Mercer/ Monroe/ Summers/Giles County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II+(III) - 14.8 miles long (State line to Bull Falls Campground)
 Ski Areas Near Reed Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 81 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 82 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Reed Creek:
Rock House Marina, Pulaski , 12 miles away
 Hotels Near Reed Creek:
Super 8 Chiswell/Max Meadows Area, Max Meadows , 6 miles away
Hampton Inn Ft Chiswell-Max Meadows, Max Meadows , 6 miles away
Comfort Inn Wytheville, Wytheville , 6 miles away
Quality Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 12 miles away
Red Roof Inn Hillsville, Hillsville , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Reed Creek:
Fort Chiswell RV Campground, Max Meadows, 3 miles away
Gatewood Lake, Draper, 6 miles away
New River Trail State Park, Max Meadows, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Reed Creek:
Cliff Branch Trail, Carroll , 14 miles away
Yellow Branch Trail, Poquoson (city) , 14 miles away
Pearis Thompson Horse Trail, Giles , 15 miles away
Miles Gap Trail, Grayson , 15 miles away
Standing Branch Horse Trail, Giles , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Reed Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 57 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 57 miles away
Claytor Lake State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 30 miles away
Pinnacle Rock State Park, West Virginia , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Reed Creek:
Draper Valley Golf Club, Draper , 5 miles away
Pulaski Country Club, Pulaski , 12 miles away
Galewinds Golf Course, Wytheville , 13 miles away

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