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Difficulty II-IV
Length 2 Miles
Flow Range 1500 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1540 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/03/2011 9:52 pm

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.

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!

Rapid Descriptions


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Jason Bordwine
8 years ago

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.

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14 years ago

Damascus River Updates

Gage Descriptions

Look for the AFWS Whitetop Mtn #1082 to have 1"+ of rainfall in the past 12 hours for Green Cove to hold water. It can also be checked by driving to the put in for Whitetop Laurel Creek for a visual check.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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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.



Jason Bordwine


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1193958 03/15/04 MtnFork1 n/a
1199479 03/03/11 Jason Bordwine