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Virginia whitewater, Hughes River and Hazel River

Rappahannock Culpepper county, SR 603 to Route 522 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     9.5 miles
 
If you are paddling the hazel this is a heads up when taking out at the low water bridge on monument mills road. The property owners there are real not so friendly. They think they own the river itself. Just a heads up. Says Low water bridge in rixeyville

Some B and B's are near the put-in and take-out for the Hughes. La Bella Terra at 605 and 606 in Madison County is a weekend B and B in season (May-September)and near the take out.
    It also offers farmhouse dining on Sat. 540 547 2317. Says Kit Johnston

The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so you'd better
keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. This section of Hughes River and Hazel River in Rappahannock/Culpepper County is 9.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise  
and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wonderful Virginia scenery and the playfulness of the water beats anything. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The starting point is not too far from Charlottesville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a great hiking adventure along the Sams Ridge Trail; this is a popular location for people from Boston. While you're here at Hughes River and Hazel River you can take a hike along the White Rocks Trail.

Hughes River and Hazel River, SR 603 to Route 522 Bridge 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 Hughes River and Hazel River.
 Whitewater Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Hughes River and Hazel River, Rappahannock/Culpepper County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (SR 603 to Route 522 Bridge)
Thornton River, Rappahannock County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Sperryville to Rock Mills)
Covington River, Rapphannock County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Rappahannock School to Rush River)
Rush River, Rapahannock County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Washington to Rock Mills)
Robinson River, Madison County, 11 miles away
      Class II+ - 19 miles long (Syria to Locust Dale)
White Oak Run, Madison County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (White Oak Fire Road to Lower White Oak Canyon Parking Lot)
Rose River, Madison County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Two miles to Robinson River)
Rapidan River, Greene/Madison County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 15 miles long (Shenandoah National Park to Route 29)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Route 647 to Route 211)
Gooney Run, Warren County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4.1 miles long (Browntown to Karo Landing)
 Ski Areas Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 42 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 63 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 86 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 90 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 91 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 99 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 100 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Red Roof Inn Culpeper, Culpeper , 11 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Culpeper, Culpeper , 11 miles away
BEST WESTERN Culpeper Inn, Culpeper , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CULPEPER, Culpeper , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Culpeper, Culpeper , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Cedar Mountain Campground, Culpeper, 7 miles away
Byrds Nest 3 Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Etlan, 12 miles away
Shenandoah Hills Campground, Madison, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Sams Ridge Trail, Rappahannock , 9 miles away
White Rocks Trail, Rappahannock , 9 miles away
Broad Hollow Trail, Rappahannock , 9 miles away
Pine Hill Gap Trail, Rappahannock , 9 miles away
Hazel River Trail, Rappahannock , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 21 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 51 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 20 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Hughes River and Hazel River:
Culpeper Country Club, Culpeper , 11 miles away
South Wales Golf Course, Jeffersonton , 19 miles away
Golf Course, Culpeper , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Hughes River and Hazel River
Lake Pelham, Culpeper , 11 miles away
Lake Arrowhead, Page , 17 miles away

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