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Virginia whitewater, Wilson Creek

Alleghany county, Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     7.5 miles
  The nature scenery of Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Wilson Creek will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. This stretch of Wilson Creek in Virginia is 7.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. This stretch is mid
    length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The put-in is not too far from Roanoke, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River stretch is one of
a few paddling stretches in this river system. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of folks from Clifton Forge come to Wilson Creek, and Wilson Creek
is close to Douthat State Park which is a beautiful location. There's no such thing as a bad day of skiing at nearby The Homestead; going for a hike on the Brushy Hollow Trail is always a perfect adventure. A river like this is too good to miss. A great site to visit near Wilson Creek is McGraw Hollow, and there are good places to look at along the Beards Gap Trail. High temperatures at Wilson Creek all through the months of summer are in the 80's, and the overnight is fairly colder of course, frequently in the 50's. Throughout the wintertime the highs are ordinarily in the 30's, and overnight lows in the 10's for Wilson Creek.

Wilson Creek, Douthat Park Dam to Jackson 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 Wilson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Wilson Creek:
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Jackson River, Alleghany County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 42.5 miles long (Gathright Dam to James River)
James River, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Mill Creek, Rockbridge County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Route 42 Wayside to Goshen)
Back Creek - Jackson Tributary, Bath County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River)
 Ski Areas Near Wilson Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 7 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 33 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 59 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 78 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 89 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 92 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 97 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Wilson Creek:
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 7 miles away
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 8 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Covington, Covington , 12 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Mountain View, Covington , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Covington VA, Covington , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Wilson Creek:
Buckhorn Store And Campground, Clifton Forge, 1 miles away
The Buckhorne Family Campground, Clifton Forge, 1 miles away
Douthat State Park - Whispering Pines Horse Camp, Clifton Forge, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Wilson Creek:
Brushy Hollow Trail, Bath , 1 miles away
Beards Gap Trail, Bath , 2 miles away
Stony Run Trail, Bath , 2 miles away
Tobacco House Ridge Trail, Bath , 2 miles away
Wilson Creek Trail, Bath , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Wilson Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 38 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 2 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 25 miles away
Watoga State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Wilson Creek:
Lower Cascades Golf Club, Hot Springs , 8 miles away
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 9 miles away
Cliff View Golf Club & Inn, Covington , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Wilson Creek
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 6 miles away
Lake Moomaw, Alleghany , 12 miles away

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