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Virginia whitewater, North Anna River

Hanover county, Butler Ford Bridge to Route 1 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     9.5 miles
 
This is not an afternoon trip, if water is low it's easily an entire day trip, if it is low plan on dragging quite a bit, still fun but wear proper shoes! It can be turned into an overnight two day fishing trip if you have permission from private landowners to camp.  The only public land along this river is at the take out at Rt.1, all other lands are private property.  The put in is private property, has approx. 4-5 ''parking spaces''.  The
    owner allows those that paddle only to park there.  $1 is requested for parking. $1 does not include your trash removal, there is a waste can available.  Please help keep the land and river clean.  There is a big drop at
falls hole near the end of the trip that can bend even the most experienced paddlers craft in half. I beleive it is considered to be a class V.  Most take out and walk around.  What you pack in, pack out, and you will be welcomed. Leave it like you found it and have fun! Says Anna

If you're coming from Richmond it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of
 
Hanover County and the playfulness of the water beats anything. No shortage of good hotels, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This section of North Anna River in Hanover County is 9.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners.

North Anna River, Butler Ford Bridge to Route 1 road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near North Anna River.
 Whitewater Near North Anna River:
Little River - North Anna Tributary, Hanover County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Verdun to Doswell)
Newfound River, Hanover County, 3 miles away
      Class II(III) - 4 miles long (Rocketts Mill to US 1)
North Anna River, Hanover County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Butler Ford Bridge to Route 1)
James River, -blank- County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 5 miles long (Pony Pasture Park to Reedy Creek)
James River, City of Richmond County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Reedy Creek to Mayo Island)
Whitewater Outfitter - Rivercity Rafting, Henrico County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Motts Run to Fredericksburg)
Rapidan River, Spotsylvania/ Culpepper County, 28 miles away
      Class II - 15 miles long (Route 610 to Motts Run)
 Ski Areas Near North Anna River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 90 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 99 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near North Anna River:
Lake Anna Beach Marina, Spotsylvania , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near North Anna River:
Econo Lodge Ruther Glen, Ruther Glen , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn Ruther Glen, Ruther Glen , 4 miles away
City Studios, Ruther Glen , 4 miles away
Days Inn Carmel Church/Kings Dominion, Ruther Glen , 5 miles away
Super 8 Ruther Glen Kings Dominion Area, Ruther Glen , 5 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North Anna River:
Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness, Doswell, 6 miles away
Kosmo Village Campground, Glen Allen, 10 miles away
Americamps Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, Ashland, 11 miles away
 Trails Near North Anna River:
Gracik Trail, Caroline , 19 miles away
Coon Trail, Caroline , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near North Anna River:
Prince William Forest Park, Triangle - VA , 39 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 60 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 25 miles away
Pocahontas State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
Purse State Park, Maryland , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North Anna River:
Hollows Golf Club The, Montpelier , 7 miles away
Glen Allen Golf, Glen Allen , 11 miles away
Mattaponi Springs Golf Club, Ruther Glen , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near North Anna River
Lake Anna, Louisa , 15 miles away
Pitts Pond, Caroline , 19 miles away

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