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Virginia whitewater, Happy Creek

Warren county, Route 671 to Happy Cr. Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III+     4.3 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Winchester, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Happy Creek in Virginia is 4.3 miles long and is a class III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere.
    The wonderful Virginia scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. The Blue Ridge Mountains scenery is wonderful. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area
has a large number of paddling places. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad  
    you came. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Happy Creek without first going for a hike along the Dickey Hill Trail. Happy Creek
  is not far at all from Front Royal, and Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park is a nice spot to stretch your legs a bit. This is such a fun river. Good hiking is available along the Bluff Trail; some great nature is available in Harmony Hollow Orchard. Happy Creek is a good spot of typical rainfall. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and January is when it's the driest.

Happy Creek, Route 671 to Happy Cr. Road 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 Happy Creek.
 Whitewater Near Happy Creek:
Happy Creek, Warren County, 3 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.3 miles long (Route 671 to Happy Cr. Road)
Gooney Run, Warren County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4.1 miles long (Browntown to Karo Landing)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Elizabeth Furnance to Waterlick)
Rush River, Rapahannock County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Washington to Rock Mills)
Covington River, Rapphannock County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Rappahannock School to Rush River)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Route 647 to Route 211)
Thornton River, Rappahannock County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Sperryville to Rock Mills)
Shenandoah River, Clarke County, 15 miles away
      Class I(II) - 14 miles long (Route 50 to Route 7)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Hughes River and Hazel River, Rappahannock/Culpepper County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (SR 603 to Route 522 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Happy Creek:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 47 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 73 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 74 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 80 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 84 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 86 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 89 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 96 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 97 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Happy Creek:
Super 8 Front Royal, Front Royal , 1 miles away
Scottish Inns Front Royal, Front Royal , 1 miles away
Quality Inn Skyline Drive, Front Royal , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn Front Royal, Front Royal , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites FRONT ROYAL BLUE RIDGE SHADOWS, Front Royal , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Happy Creek:
Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville, 2 miles away
Front Royal KOA Kampground, Front Royal, 3 miles away
Gooney Creek Campgrounds, Front Royal, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Happy Creek:
Dickey Hill Trail, Warren , 3 miles away
Bluff Trail, Rappahannock , 7 miles away
The Peak Trail, Rappahannock , 7 miles away
Big Devils Stairs Trail, Rappahannock , 8 miles away
Shawl Gap Trail, Warren , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Happy Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 22 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 37 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 9 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 16 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Happy Creek:
Jackson's Chase Golf Club, Front Royal , 2 miles away
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Front Royal , 3 miles away
Front Royal Country Club Department, Front Royal , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Happy Creek
Lake Frederick, Frederick , 8 miles away
Lakeside Lake, Frederick , 11 miles away
Fleetwood Farm Pond Number One, Fauquier , 18 miles away

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