Did the Glade Creek to Grandview section over the summer at 1' on the virtual gauge. The first drop is a pretty good one at that level with fairly large wave trains and pourovers to avoid, a solid class 2, maybe 2+. I was quite surprised something that large was on this part. Slackwater is tolerable and not too long before the next set of shoals or shallow ledges is experienced. One more drop of note is toward the end, again a fairly good sized rapid with the more interesting route being through the center, avoiding pourover rocks on the left. Easier stuff is on the right. Continuing past Grandview to McCreery does not net any interesting rapids and was mainly flatwater at the gauge level.
The dirt shuttle road follows the river the entire way and parking at Glade Creek and Grandview is large but fills quickly on weekends and holidays. As of this summer, parking at McCreery is only allowed across the road, so don't leave your car in the lot off the river or it may be towed according to the sign.
This is one of the nicest stretches of private mild whitewater and fishing on the New. Beautiful remote area with abundant wildlife, frequent rapids, short pools (mostly) and lack of commercial boats/tourists make this my family vacation destination.
Date: May 30 2003, 2:38 GMT
McCreery to Stonecliff
Cross to the river right side on Route 41 and turn left onto CR-25, then follow it all the way to Stonecliff.
Or take Route 41 south (toward Beckley) and then go right on Route 61. When you get to Glen Jean find CR-25 and take it down to Thurmond. When you get to Thurmond CR-25 will turn right and follow the New upstream to StoneCliff.
Meadow Creek to McCreery
From I-64 take exit 138 and follow CR-7 to Meadow Creek. To get to McCreery from there you can go back to I-64, take it to exit 124 (East Beckley). Then go right and the road you are on will join with Business Route 19 (Eisenhower Drive). Take that road to US 41 and turn right on US 41 to go down to McCreery.
Another way to get to McCreery from Meadow Creek it to stay on river right. Take CR7-1 from Meadow Creek thru Claypool. When you get to Rt 20 turn left and and go a short distance to CR-31. Turn left onto CR-31 and take it to Route 41 (going thru Danese on your way). When you get to Route 41 turn left and drive down to the New. Croos the New and you are at McCreery.
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