Pretty run from mouth of Wilson to Independence, great for spotting eagles and many other birds. Mostly flatwater with about 4 class II's and one class II+ that must be run on river left. Just don't trespass and don't litter--this section is considered wild and scenic.
See Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett, and Carolina Whitewater, B. Benner.
New River Campground, US 21 @ New River Crossing, halfway between Sparta,NC and Independence,VA
River info, shuttles/rental, camping. http://canoeingthenew.com
Did this run 15 years ago in an open canoe. It was a great multi day float fishing trip.
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