Roaring Run, Virginia, US
County line to Recreation Area
||V+ (for normal flows)
The Ultimate Ride
The Ultimate RidePhoto of Jeremy Laucks by Gordon Dalton
CRAIG CREEK AT PARR, VA
3500 - 10000 cfs
Roaring Run is a tributary of Craig Creek, near the James River. This is south of Covington,
This one is a bit of a mission. As of this writing (April, '03) there is a large amount of wood in
this creek. With a small group (3) of avid creekers it took us 4 hours to run this little beast the
first time. There is log jam after log jam, as well as isolated lumber (there is major potential
for a portagefest, especially in the first half of the run). You should fully expect to have close
encounters with wood - both by accident and intentionally - so be prepared. Put-in on USFS land at
the Alleghany/Botetourt county line near Rich Patch, VA. There are some quality drops above a
60-75' manky waterfall but make sure
you don't miss the eddy for the portage. After the
first falls you'll be moving through wood jams and relatively-smaller rapids for a half-mile or so
until you are getting near the second waterfall - Roaring Run falls, which is about the mid-way
point. Most of the wood was in this section. Above Roaring Run falls are two good drops, "Jack
Knife" and Rhythm & Blues." Both have good boofs; but you must catch a small eddy before the falls.
As Ricky Showalter explains, "if you screw up this rapid the blues is going over a 30+ feet
waterfall and landing on flat rock slab."
Most of the best drops on Roaring are below the falls. The "Ultimate Ride" is recognized by the
dramatic roostertail half-way down a fast narrow slide. This roostertail has a piton rock that
seriously "modified" the bow of my friend's creek boat. The next slide, named "Sloppy Seconds," is
less straightforward, with a few pillows and a hole or two, but it is a blast if you can handle the
line. There are a few more slides, rapids and slide-series after that, but if you've made it this
far you can probably handle the rest. Take-out at the Roaring Run Furnace Recreation Area (USFS)
parking lot or explore the few drops that remain below the Rt.621 bridge.
Take-Out: Roaring Run Furnace Recreation Area. Off of Rt. 621, north of Strom, VA. There is a
parking area (open 6am to 10pm)and restrooms near the picnic ground. Consider hiking up from here
and just hucking the goods below the 30-foot Roaring Run Falls on down.
Put-in: Off of Rt.621 at the Alleghany/Botetourt County line. Put-in on USFS land. You could run
the quality drops above the falls or, more likely, hike-in below the 60+ foot falls (Upper
Roaring Run falls).
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Last Updated: 2004-02-08 17:46:08