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Virginia whitewater, Aquia Creek

Stafford county, Rt. 610 to US 1 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     10.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The natural beauty of Stafford County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. This section of Aquia Creek is 10.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. Lodging is
    available near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The starting location is a reasonable
drive from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
A tour to Aquia Creek wouldn’t be complete without a spree to nearby Purse State Park. Aquia Creek is right by the Chopawamsic Trail, and a visit to Prince William Forest Park is worthwhile. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Take a hike on the South Valley Trail; you'll most likely meet some people from Stafford here. Enjoy a lazy day on the beach at Clifton Beach, and a visit to Leesylvania State Park is a great idea. Aquia Creek frequently gets much precipitation. Through August this area sees the most rain, and the driest month of the year is January.

Aquia Creek, Rt. 610 to US 1 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Aquia Creek.
 Whitewater Near Aquia Creek:
Aquia Creek, Stafford County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Rt. 610 to US 1)
Quantico Creek - South Branch, Prince William County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.5 miles long (Route 619 to Dumfries)
Quantico Creek, Prince William County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Trail 7 to Dumfries)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Motts Run to Fredericksburg)
Rapidan River, Spotsylvania/ Culpepper County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 15 miles long (Route 610 to Motts Run)
Cub Run, Prince William County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 2 miles long (Route 29 bridge to Compton Road)
Broad Run, Prince William County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 14 miles long (Route 675 to Route 28 South of Manassas)
Pohick Creek, Fairfax County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5.5 miles long (Route 636 to Route 1)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 24 miles long (Kellys Ford to Motts Run)
Accotink Creek, Fairfax County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (King Arthur Road to Telegraph Road)
 Ski Areas Near Aquia Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 70 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 91 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 93 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 95 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Aquia Creek:
Willow Landing Marina, Stafford , 6 miles away
Holiday Harbor Marina, Stafford , 6 miles away
Holly Acres, Woodbridge , 14 miles away
Hampton's Landing Marina, Woodbridge , 14 miles away
Belmont Bay Harbor Marina, Woodbridge , 17 miles away
 Beaches Near Aquia Creek:
Clifton Beach, Charles , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Aquia Creek:
Super 8 Stafford, Stafford , 2 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Quantico, Stafford , 2 miles away
Comfort Inn Quantico, Stafford , 2 miles away
Red Roof Inn & Suites Stafford, Stafford , 2 miles away
Wingate By Wyndham Stafford/Quantico, Stafford , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Aquia Creek:
Aquia Pines Campground, Stafford, 3 miles away
Lunga Park - Oak Area - Quantico MCB, Garrisonville, 3 miles away
Lunga Park - Cedar Area - Quantico MCB, Garrisonville, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Aquia Creek:
Chopawamsic Trail, Prince William , 5 miles away
South Valley Trail, Prince William , 6 miles away
High Meadows Trail, Prince William , 7 miles away
Farms to Forest Trail, Prince William , 7 miles away
Oak Ridge Trail, Prince William , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Aquia Creek:
Prince William Forest Park, Triangle - VA , 9 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 27 miles away
Purse State Park, Maryland , 13 miles away
Leesylvania State Park, Virginia , 14 miles away
Smallwood State Park, Maryland , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Aquia Creek:
Augustine Golf Club, Stafford , 3 miles away
Aquia Harbour Golf Course, Stafford , 4 miles away
Locust Shade Park, Triangle , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Aquia Creek
Abel Lake, Stafford , 6 miles away
Motts Run Reservoir, Spotsylvania , 11 miles away
Marumsco Acres Lake, Prince William , 16 miles away

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