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Virginia whitewater, Bullpasture River

Highland\Bath county, Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     4 miles
  The natural beauty of Highland\Bath County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The put-in location is a short drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. And of course, there are campgrounds
    nearby. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River section is one of them. On this section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Rt. 678 to Cowpasture
River section of Bullpasture River in Virginia is 4 miles long and is a class III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. No matter if you're whitewater rafting  
or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here at Bullpasture River, checking out Byrd Point is a must. While you're here at Bullpasture River you can take a hike along the Hupman Valley Trail, and a good spot is Bullpasture Gorge. This river is always fun. Have a splendid hiking adventure along the Marshall Draft Trail, and folks from Williamsville love to come here. Bullpasture River is a rather wet place commonly with a good deal of rainfall. Most of the rain falls throughout July; December on the other hand is the driest.

Bullpasture River, Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River 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 Bullpasture River.
 Whitewater Near Bullpasture River:
Bullpasture River, Highland\Bath County, 1 miles away
      Class III+ - 4 miles long (Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River)
Jackson River, Bath/ Alleghany County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 28.5 miles long (Vinegar Run to Route 603)
Crab Run, Highland County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Along Route 250 to McDowell)
Bullpasture River, Highland/Bath County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Route 250 to Route 678)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (Route 687 to Goshen)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Route 692 to Route 687)
Mill Creek, Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Route 42 Wayside to Goshen)
Cowpasture River, Alleghany/Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 24.5 miles long (Shaw Fork to Route 625 bridge)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Goshen to Maury River)
Shaws Fork, Highland County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Headwaters to Liberty)
 Ski Areas Near Bullpasture River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 24 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 30 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 45 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 46 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 47 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 58 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 65 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Bullpasture River:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 11 miles away
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 21 miles away
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 23 miles away
Days Inn Lexington N Lee Highway, Lexington , 24 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Lexington, Lexington , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bullpasture River:
Cowpasture River Access - DGIF, Williamsville, 2 miles away
Bear Mountain Farm and Wilderness Retreat, Hightown, 11 miles away
Poor Farm, Warm Springs, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Bullpasture River:
Marshall Draft Trail, Bath , 3 miles away
Hupman Valley Trail, Highland , 4 miles away
Jerkemtight Trail, Highland , 4 miles away
Fort Lewis Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Tower Hill Mountain Trail, Bath , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bullpasture River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 57 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 23 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away

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