Barbours Creek - Route 611 to Route 609

Barbours Creek, Virginia, US


Route 611 to Route 609

Usual Difficulty II-III+(IV) (for normal flows)
Avg. Gradient 36 fpm
Max Gradient 60 fpm

Barbours Creek Falls

Barbours Creek Falls
Photo of j barbour by jlayman taken 05/07/09 @ -2

River Description



 (see comments) The landowner that owns the entire upper section including 'The Falls' has made it absolutely clear that boaters are not allowed on 'his creek'.

 So consider this wonderful little stretch of water CLOSED.


Old beta...5-2009....



Barbours Creek is a pristine mountain stream.

This run is a great intro to creeking. The most serious hazards are usually strainers. Undercuts are infrequent.

So when you drive shuttle (see directions tab) be safe and when you park get well out of the road and leave room for others. Take a trashbag and pick up around the put in especially. Wave and smile at local landowners if you pass them while paddling. Talk to them if engaged. Be friendly. Pick up trash.

Don't Even Think About Fishing Without Written Permission. To fish take your licenses and go way upstream to Nat'l Forest. 'The Pines Campground' is on Nat'l Forest up between the North and South Prongs and has plenty of free camping and good trout fishing when the prongs are stocked.

There seem to always be several natural strainers on this run so keep a close look out for wood everywhere and take it extra slow. As with most small mtn. streams, avoid large groups much over 4 people at a time; this allows everyone to spread out enough, but still stay within eyesight and earshot.

This run is about 3 miles and can be done fairly easily in about 2 hours at "0". This will be a bumpy level but you should have no trouble avoiding strainers and if you're lucky you can tunnel though most of it. After learning the run it is a blast to run laps on at a (+) level.


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Last Updated: 2017-05-25 19:52:47

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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May 11 2009 (3480 days ago)
John Details
Always beware of strainers on this run. Look for them safely when you set shuttle. They are there
and likely always will be. I also had a close call with a rogue cable about 1/4 inch diameter that
wrapped me and my boat about 75 ft above Salty Pepper. When I spun it off I saw it was attached to
a tree river right.
June 5 2003 (5648 days ago)
Ken DubelDetails
Gauge update: Looking back I see the gauges changed some as I was headed to the river. For my
earlier post figure Craig at Parr to be 1,200 cfs and rising slightly, John's Creek to be 475 cfs
and cresting, nearby but different watershed Pott's Creek to be 650 cfs and cresting.

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