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Maryland whitewater, Potomac River

Montgomery county, Mather Gorge to Lock 10 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-IV     6.5 miles
  The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Maryland are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The scenic beauty of Montgomery County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This stretch of Potomac River in Montgomery County is 6.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a
    class I-IV section of whitewater. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find
a large number of good rivers. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Mather Gorge to Lock 10 section is just one of many. The starting  
point is not too far from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

Briefly about the general area:
A short trip to Calico Rapids is always worthwhile, and there are delightful spots to explore along the Gold Mine Trail. Yellow Falls is an inspiring place to check out during your stay; this is a popular place for folks from Potomac. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Mather Gorge is right next door to Potomac River and is a delightful place, and you can go for a hike on the Potomac Heritage Trail.

Potomac River, Mather Gorge to Lock 10 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River:
Scott's Run, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - -blank- miles long (Swinks Mill Road to Fairfax County Park trailhead)
Difficult Run, Fairfax County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.9 miles long (Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River)
Cabin John Creek, Montgomery County, 3 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (River Road to Potomac)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.6 miles long (Through Great Falls)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 3 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.5 miles long (Mather Gorge to Lock 10)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Little Falls)
Rock Creek, Mongomery County, 7 miles away
      Class I(II) - -blank- miles long (Rockville to Military Road)
Little Seneca Creek, Montgomery County, 7 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5.2 miles long (Boyds to Darnestown)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 7 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0 miles long (Glebe Road to Potomac)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Potomac River:
Columbia Island Marina, Arlington , 10 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Washington , 12 miles away
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 13 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 13 miles away
Fairfax Yacht Club, Alexandria , 14 miles away
 Beaches Near Potomac River:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Potomac River:
Bolger Center, Potomac , 3 miles away
Crystal Inn Hotel And Suites Great Falls, Great Falls , 3 miles away
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, McLean , 3 miles away
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, McLean , 3 miles away
Staybridge Suites MCLEAN-TYSONS CORNER, McLean , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River:
C and O Canal NHP - Marsden Tract Group, West Mclean, 1 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Swains Lock, Potomac, 4 miles away
Lake Fairfax County Park, Reston, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River:
Gold Mine Trail, Montgomery , 2 miles away
Potomac Heritage Trail, Fairfax , 3 miles away
Meadow Trail, Fairfax , 4 miles away
Paw Paw Passage Trail, Fairfax , 4 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River:
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 4 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 5 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 13 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 16 miles away
Mason Neck State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River:
Tpc Potomac At Avenel Farm, Potomac , 1 miles away
The Golfe, Potomac , 4 miles away
Billy Casper Golf, Vienna , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River
Lake Needwood, Montgomery , 8 miles away
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 9 miles away
Burke Lake, Fairfax , 14 miles away

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