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Difficulty I-II(III)
Length 5 Miles
Flow Range 2.00 - 8.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 3.22 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/13/2018 1:33 pm

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 ?  (8 min)

Rapid Descriptions

McCoy Falls (aka Big Falls at McCoy)

Class - II+ Mile - 0
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)

Class - Mile - 0.01
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

Class - Mile - 0.02
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'.


Gage Descriptions

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.

Directions Description

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Adam Goshorn


Matt Muir


Tim Glosup


Tony Allred Jr


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1191769 11/30/05 Adam Goshorn n/a
1198545 11/02/10 Matt Muir Added coords and abstract.
1205385 10/25/15 Tim Glosup
1210053 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210071 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210045 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup
1210086 07/13/18 Tony Allred Jr 7-10-2018 - cleanup