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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
  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. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union stretch is one of them. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. This stretch of Moormans River in Albemarle County is 13.5 miles long and has been determined by American  
Whitewater to be a class I-III section.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Big Run Trail is good fun, and Moormans River is not far at all from Free Union. Take a hike on the Falls Trail. Moormans River gets a typical amount of rainfall. The wettest month of the year is usually August, that's the one that rains the most, and the driest month is January. For the period of the days of summer at Moormans River highs are mostly in the 80's. Summer overnight lows sink down to the 60's. Daytime highs during the wintertime are in the 40's, and through the dark hours in the wintertime at Moormans River temperatures descend to the 20's.

Moormans River, Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union 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 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
 Trails Near Moormans River:
Falls Trail, Albemarle , 7 miles away
Big Run Trail, Rockingham , 8 miles away
Patterson Ridge Trail, Rockingham , 8 miles away
Riprap Trail, Augusta , 9 miles away
Brown Rocky Mountain Trail, Rockingham , 9 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
Meadow Creek Golf Course, Charlottesville , 11 miles away
Mountain Greens Golf Course, Mc Gaheysville , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Moormans River
Charlottesville Reservoir, Albemarle , 8 miles away

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