Green Cove Creek - AT/Virginia Creeper Trail


Green Cove Creek, Virginia, US

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AT/Virginia Creeper Trail

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 2 Miles
Avg. Gradient 100 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
S F HOLSTON RIVER NEAR DAMASCUS, VA
usgs-03473000 1500 - 5000 cfs II-IV 00h45m 407 cfs (too low)


River Description

Small and tight in places. Wide and cushy in others. One spot on this creek MUST be portaged. It is about 300 yards above the confluence of Green Cove and Whitetop Laurel. The creek goes through a really cool looking rapid.....minus the undercut on creek left that most all of the water is flowing under the rather LARGE diameter cable (like three strands thick) stretched from bank to bank. There is plenty of time to get out above this one, so don't get laxed and drop into it.

The rest of the creek is good fun creekin', lots of cool slot moves along with some other interesting rapids. There is one ledge that has a stiff hole at the base and is best ran on left center.

DIRECTIONS:
The take out for Green Cove is also where the put in for Whitetop Laurel Creek is located. From Damascus VA, continue toward Mt Rogers NRA on Route 58. You will drive approx 4-5 miles until you reach Route 728 - Creek Junction Rd. Turn right and follow this down to the access area. To save driving time and a lot of confusing backroad navigating it is best to park at the "Creek Junction" access area and walk up the AT/Virginia Creeper Trail to the put in. When you reach a gravel road crossing the creek, put in on the upstream side of the bridge.

Be sure to check out all of the major rapids you can on the way in so they don't surprise you on the way down.

Keep an eye out for wood and the fishermen, other than that enjoy!


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-03-03 21:52:15

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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March 3 2011 (2214 days ago)
Jason BordwineDetails
Cables are gone. We have ran this creek twice this winter 2011 and either someone has removed or
they've been washed away by flood and debris.
April 5 2005 (4371 days ago)
BradRDetails
Damascus River Updates - Dennett Dwyer - 4/5/05

Green Cove Creek

This creek is unbelievable fun and most class 3 boaters should be able to handle it - Lots of 3 and
4 foot drops that are relatively safe. This really needs higher flows on Whitetop, but if you can
scrape down Whitetop you can scrape down this. It is still fun if you don't care to scratch your
boat. I have not done it yet, but I have intentions to remove the cable hazard from the last rapid.
We have been running this by ducking under the cable and running on the left in front of the
undercut. If this one catches you by surprise, the frayed cable ends will stab you in the face.


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