New - 04. McCoy Falls to Eggleston


New, Virginia, US

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04. McCoy Falls to Eggleston (McCoy Falls)

Usual Difficulty I-II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles

McCoy


McCoy
Photo of Dieter by Jason Bordwine taken 05/22/04 @ ~3.5 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NEW RIVER AT RADFORD, VA
usgs-03171000 3.00 - 15.00 ft I-II(III) 00h38m 2.27 ft (too low)


River Description

The put-in at McCoy Falls (technically "Big Falls" at McCoy) was the site of the New River Rodeo for years. This popular event drew quite a crowd of competitors, vendors, and spectators. When the land around the access area changed hands the new landowner didn't want anything to do with the event and it had to be discontinued. The loss of this event was quite a blow to the VA paddling community, even more so because a replacment venue has never been found.

Although this is the put-in for a beginner and fisherman float (McCoy to Eggleston) the real story for whitewater paddlers here is Park-n-Play. Just 15 minutes from Blacksburg/VA Tech and a short drive from the rest of the New River Valley, this spot provides great play when the water is over 3 feet.

This is also very popular tubing location with a company located half a mile upstream renting tubes to every drunken college kid in the state. Luckily (or unluckily, as the case may be) most of the time when it is warm enough to tube the water isn't high enough to bring out the boaters (the exception being the month of May). However, the perks of bikini-clad (some more clad than others) college girls sunbathing while you're boating cannot be overstated.

 

2 guys playing Big Falls , lvl ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gji1r79nn7o  (8 min)


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Last Updated: 2015-10-25 23:54:12

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Photo#7582

Detail Trip Report    New, VA(4.31MB .mpg)

McCoy Falls

Detail Trip Report  McCoy Falls  New, VA(629.77KB .jpeg)

Snowy Bow Stall

Detail Trip Report  Snowy Bow Stall  New, VA(117.09KB .jpeg)

Aaron at The Upper Hole at McCoy Falls, New River, VA

Detail Trip Report  Aaron at The Upper Hole at McCoy Falls, New River, VA  New, VA(40.05KB .jpeg)

Mike D runs beside the large river left boulder at McCoy Falls, VA

Detail Trip Report  Mike D runs beside the large river left boulder at McCoy Falls, VA  New, VA(17.11KB .jpeg)

McCoy Falls as seen from the cliffs high on the mountain on river right

Detail Trip Report  McCoy Falls as seen from the cliffs high on the mountain on river right  New, VA(29.48KB .jpeg)

Mike D shreding Ender Hole at McCoy Falls, VA

Detail Trip Report  Mike D shreding Ender Hole at McCoy Falls, VA  New, VA(27.69KB .jpeg)

Ender hole as seen from the cliffs

Detail Trip Report  Ender hole as seen from the cliffs  New, VA(20.90KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

With a watershed extending all the way from NC the New River is never too low to run. You will find recreational boaters and fisherman floating this section at all summertime levels. However, the playboating at McCoy Falls starts to get good over 3 feet, this is when the whitewater crown shows up.

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
NEW RIVER AT RADFORD, VA
usgs-03171000 3.00 - 15.00 ft I-II(III) 00h38m 2.27 ft (too low)

RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
3.00 -15.00 ft barely runnable-high runnable I-II(III)

Report - Reports of New 04. McCoy Falls to Eggleston and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
New [VA] Ender hole as seen from the cliffs n/a Adam Goshorn
> 10 years New [VA] Snowy Bow Stall n/a Michael Tavares
> 10 years New [VA] McCoy ~3.5 ft Jason Bordwine
> 10 years New [VA] ~3.5ft Jason Bordwine
> 10 years New [VA] McCoy Falls Unknown Michael Tavares

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0McCoy Falls (aka Big Falls at McCoy)II+Putin Playspot Photo
0.0Down Under (a.k.a. The Upper Hole)Playspot Photo
0.0Ender HolePlayspot Photo Video

Rapid Descriptions

McCoy Falls (aka Big Falls at McCoy) (Class II+)

McCoy Falls as seen from the cliffs high on the mountain on river right

McCoy Falls as seen from the cliffs high on the mountain on river right

This series of ledges can range in difficulty from class II-III+ depending on the level. At most levels its class II+ with several great playspots at levels over 3 feet.

Down Under (a.k.a. The Upper Hole)

Aaron at The Upper Hole at McCoy Falls, New River, VA

Aaron at The Upper Hole at McCoy Falls, New River, VA
Photo of Aaron Garland by "Mike D" Tavares

Down Under at McCoy Falls is past the first large slanted slab that you pass when paddling out above the rapid from river right The play hole is just past the end of the slab, before the next boulder. There is good play at levels over 3.5 and great eddy access from behind the slab.

Ender Hole
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Mike D shreding Ender Hole at McCoy Falls, VA

Mike D shreding Ender Hole at McCoy Falls, VA
Photo of Mike D Taveres by Aaron Garland

Ender Hole at McCoy Falls is located 10 yards to the right of the largest boulder (aka Frat Boy Rock) near the river left side of the rapid and to the left of the next large slab of rock. This hole is a favorite of many and comes in at levels over 3'.


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