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Virginia whitewater, Lynch River

Albermarle county, Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     6.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Lynch River is 6.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. There arenít any
    hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are
sure to keep you coming back for more. The Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. The campgrounds here at Lynch River are pretty good. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This stretch is mid length, good for a one day paddling trip. The starting location is a short drive from Charlottesville, as you can see on the  
road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Hensley Hollow Trail; since you're here you will meet lots of people from nearby Dyke. Lynch River is right by the Saddleback Mountain Trail. During the summertime at Lynch River highs are typically in the 80's, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 60's. Throughout the winter highs are in the 40's, and overnight lows during the wintertime for Lynch River tend to be in the 20's. Lynch River gets a normal amount of yearly rain. August is the wettest month with most rain, and January on the other hand is the driest.

Lynch River, Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna 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 Lynch River.
 Whitewater Near Lynch River:
Roach River, Albemarle County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (St. George to North Fork Rivanna River)
Lynch River, Albermarle County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River)
Buck Mountain Creek, Albermarle County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Route 610 to South Fork of Rivanna R)
Rivanna River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Advance Mills to Route 29)
South River - Rapidan Tributary, Greene County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Rt. 638 to Route 619)
Conway River, Madison/Greene County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt. 667 to Rapidan River and Route 29 Bridge)
Shenandoah River - South Fork, Page/ Rockingham County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 30.5 miles long (Elkton to Luray)
Rivanna River, Albermarle County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Charlottesville to Shadwell)
Moormans River, Albemarle County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.5 miles long (Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union)
Rapidan River, Greene/Madison County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 15 miles long (Shenandoah National Park to Route 29)
 Ski Areas Near Lynch River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 18 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 34 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 75 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 75 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 92 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 94 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Lynch River:
Lafayette Inn, Stanardsville , 7 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 8 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
Super 8 Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlottesville North, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lynch River:
Hightop Hut - Appalachian Trail, Dyke, 6 miles away
Swift Run Campground, Elkton, 9 miles away
Pinefield Hut - Appalachian Trail, Dyke, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Lynch River:
Saddleback Mountain Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Hensley Hollow Trail, Rockingham , 8 miles away
South River Falls Trail, Greene , 8 miles away
Pocosin Trail, Greene , 9 miles away
Beldor Ridge Trail, Rockingham , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lynch River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 24 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lynch River:
Meadow Creek Golf Course, Charlottesville , 10 miles away
McIntire Park Municipal Golf Course, Charlottesville , 11 miles away
Birdwood Golf Course, Charlottesville , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Lynch River
Charlottesville Reservoir, Albemarle , 11 miles away

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