For me, Nelson County creeking has become a legendary place with its ties to a rich history of whitewater kayaking. I've spent hours, if not days, listening to (and telling my own) whitewater folklore from adventures past. This little sliver of the Blue Ridge hosts a number of navigable Class III-V streams, a density and variety of whitewater paddling that rivals all other Virginia destinations (that I am aware of.) As the stories have cumulated, I have started to wonder what other people dub their favorite rapids? What drives them to paddle and where? So, I thought I would share my Top 5 Rapids of Nelson County (plus a neighboring Honorable Mention) in hopes you would share yours!
We have our focus on the citizens of Roanoke and providing a high quality trail and park experience for them. Quality of life is what makes folks stay and choose to be in an area and is the most important factor for me to be here. We want our current citizens and people who choose to locate here to know we are building and maintaining trails for them to make every day the bets day it can be.
We did a mission to the North Fork Tye and, right away, I knew we had a winner. As we scouted one of the biggest ones, Greg Gil shook his head and said, "Anyone who runs that drop has lost his marbles." Kevin stepped up and ran that one first, and so it became "Marbles."