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Virginia whitewater, Moormans River

Albemarle county, Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     13.5 miles
 
We went down the Moormans from Millington to 601, on Saturday, April 29. The USGS guage was at about 4. 0 and the water was at the zero on the bridge pier. That's just enough not to be dragging everywhere.

There are 3 trees across the river between Milington and 601. One is OK to go under; one you have to go around, and the third I should have gone around but lay in the bottom of the canoe and got through.

There's another tree
    across between 601 and the rock where the Meechums comes in, and that one's bad too. Had to wade under. The old takeout at the 601 bridge is posted, and I had thought to paddle up the Meechums to the other bridge which is
not too difficult to negotiate. But when the water is high enough to make the Moormans passable, it's a bit too swift on the Meechums. It is possible, but not pleasant to wade and pull the boat, but I don't recommend it.

Still, a very pretty trip, with lots of variety. If the water had been any higher, the fallen trees would be truly dangerous. Says Seth Warner

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 starting location is a reasonable drive from Charlottesville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove.

Moormans River, Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Moormans River.
 Whitewater Near Moormans River:
Buck Mountain Creek, Albermarle County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Route 610 to South Fork of Rivanna R)
Moormans River, Albemarle County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.5 miles long (Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union)
Lynch River, Albermarle County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River)
Roach River, Albemarle County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (St. George to North Fork Rivanna River)
Hardware River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 10 miles away
      Class II-V - 6 miles long (Route 708 to Route 20)
Hardware River - South Fork, Albemarle County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Route 631 to Hardware River)
Rivanna River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Advance Mills to Route 29)
Shenandoah River - South Fork, Page/ Rockingham County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 30.5 miles long (Elkton to Luray)
Rivanna River, Albermarle County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Charlottesville to Shadwell)
South River, Waynesboro City / Rockingham County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Waynesboro to Lynnwood)
 Ski Areas Near Moormans River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 16 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 24 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 38 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 85 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 92 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 94 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Hotels Near Moormans River:
Boars Head Inn, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
Inn At Darden, Charlottesville , 10 miles away
Residence Inn Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 11 miles away
Cavalier Inn At The University, Charlottesville , 11 miles away
Oakhurst Inn, Charlottesville , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Moormans River:
Loft Mountain Campgrounds, Albemarle County, 6 miles away
Shenandoah National Park - Loft Mountain, Dyke, 6 miles away
Blackrock Hut - Appalachian Trail, Grottoes, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Moormans River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Moormans River:
Old Trail Golf Club, Crozet , 7 miles away
Mountain Greens Golf Course, Mc Gaheysville , 13 miles away
Birdwood Golf Course, Charlottesville , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Moormans River
Charlottesville Reservoir, Albemarle , 8 miles away

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