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Virginia whitewater, Pohick Creek

Fairfax county, Route 636 to Route 1 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III+     5.5 miles
 
Ran it last night-25 Oct 05. CFS was 220. I put on at Hooves road vice the walk down from the sub division noted in AWA write-up. The whole run from Hooves to bridge at Route 1 took me 2 hours of paddling straight, no playing. 40 mins of that was in the dark or near dark. Nice and worth while run if you have the time. 3 mandatory portages in first 2 miles from Hooves to valley area behind Rolling Road subdivision due to down trees. If you're short
    on time, just put on by the walk way down to the creek from that neighborhood (can't remember the street) off Rolling road. That's where the fun rock garden area is. Easy section and really fun creek type section where all
the gradient drop off is. Great area to practice beginner creek style running. Next run will be South run of the Pohick when it comes back up. I looked at it yesterday too and thought it was runable but higher than 220 would be better, I'm guessing 250 -275 cfs. I pretty sure Pohick will not be runable today. The great thing about the run is there are huge sections were you never know you're in a urban/suburban surroundings. Take out on right  
side of bridge at route 1. If you get the chance do it. Dave Robey Says Dave Robey

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 a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The Route 636 to Route 1 stretch of Pohick Creek in Fairfax County is 5.5 miles long and is a class II-III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, as you can see on the road map further down.

Pohick Creek, Route 636 to Route 1 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 Pohick Creek.
 Whitewater Near Pohick Creek:
Pohick Creek, Fairfax County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 5.5 miles long (Route 636 to Route 1)
Accotink Creek, Fairfax County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (King Arthur Road to Telegraph Road)
Four Mile Run, Arlington County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Ohio Street to Arlington Ridge Road)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Scott's Run, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - -blank- miles long (Swinks Mill Road to Fairfax County Park trailhead)
Quantico Creek, Prince William County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Trail 7 to Dumfries)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 13 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0 miles long (Glebe Road to Potomac)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Little Falls)
Difficult Run, Fairfax County, 13 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.9 miles long (Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 15 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.5 miles long (Mather Gorge to Lock 10)
 Ski Areas Near Pohick Creek:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 77 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Pohick Creek:
Belmont Bay Harbor Marina, Woodbridge , 4 miles away
Holly Acres, Woodbridge , 7 miles away
Hampton's Landing Marina, Woodbridge , 8 miles away
Fairfax Yacht Club, Alexandria , 12 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Arlington , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Pohick Creek:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 15 miles away
Clifton Beach, Charles , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Pohick Creek:
Comfort Inn Gunston Corner Near Ft. Belvoir, Lorton , 1 miles away
Embassy Suites Springfield, Springfield , 2 miles away
Homewood Suites Springfield, Springfield , 4 miles away
Residence Inn Springfield Old Keene Mill, Springfield , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WASHINGTON DC SW - SPRINGFIELD, Springfield , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pohick Creek:
Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, 2 miles away
Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, 4 miles away
Fort Belvoir, Fort Belvoir, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Pohick Creek:
Burnt Pine Trail, Charles , 12 miles away
Maiden Fair Trail, Charles , 12 miles away
North Valley Trail, Prince William , 12 miles away
Birch Bluff Trail, Prince William , 12 miles away
Calvin Branch Mine Trail, Prince William , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pohick Creek:
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 11 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 11 miles away
Mason Neck State Park, Virginia , 5 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 6 miles away
Leesylvania State Park, Virginia , 8 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pohick Creek:
Laurel Hill Golf Club, Lorton , 1 miles away
Pohick Bay Golf Course, Lorton , 2 miles away
Springfield Golf & Country, Springfield , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Pohick Creek
Marumsco Acres Lake, Prince William , 5 miles away
Burke Lake, Fairfax , 6 miles away
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 8 miles away

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