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Virginia whitewater, Rapidan River

Spotsylvania Culpepper county, Route 610 to Motts Run section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     15 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This stretch of Rapidan River in Virginia is 15 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Richmond, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.
    You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, 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. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good spots for that around here. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camping stuff. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Route 610 to Motts Run section is one of them. A bit of exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
Don't leave Rapidan River without first going for a hike along the Jackson Trail. Lots of folks from Fredericksburg come to Rapidan River. All through the summer highs here at Rapidan River get into the 80's with night lows in the 60's. Highs all through the wintertime are regularly in the 40's; night lows at Rapidan River through the wintertime mostly drop into the 20's. Rapidan River gets a normal amount of annual rain. During May this area sees the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month.

Rapidan River, Route 610 to Motts Run 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 Rapidan River.
 Whitewater Near Rapidan River:
Rapidan River, Spotsylvania/ Culpepper County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 15 miles long (Route 610 to Motts Run)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Motts Run to Fredericksburg)
Aquia Creek, Stafford County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Rt. 610 to US 1)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 24 miles long (Kellys Ford to Motts Run)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 4.5 miles long (Remington to Kellys Ford)
Quantico Creek - South Branch, Prince William County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.5 miles long (Route 619 to Dumfries)
North Anna River, Hanover County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Butler Ford Bridge to Route 1)
Quantico Creek, Prince William County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Trail 7 to Dumfries)
Broad Run, Prince William County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 14 miles long (Route 675 to Route 28 South of Manassas)
Little River - North Anna Tributary, Hanover County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Verdun to Doswell)
 Ski Areas Near Rapidan River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 79 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 84 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 95 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Marinas Near Rapidan River:
Lake Anna Beach Marina, Spotsylvania , 10 miles away
Willow Landing Marina, Stafford , 18 miles away
Rocky Branch Marina and Campground, Spotsylvania , 18 miles away
Holiday Harbor Marina, Stafford , 18 miles away
Anna Point Marina, Mineral , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Rapidan River:
Affordable Suites Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 6 miles away
Super 8 Fredericksburg/Central Plz Area, Fredericksburg , 7 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Fredericksburg-at Celebrate Virginia, Fredericksburg , 8 miles away
Residence Inn Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rapidan River:
Wilderness Presidential Resort, Spotsylvania, 3 miles away
Rappahannock River Campground, Richardsville, 5 miles away
C F Phelps Wildlife Management Area, Sumerduck, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Rapidan River:
Jackson Trail, Spotsylvania , 4 miles away
Chopawamsic Trail, Prince William , 19 miles away
South Valley Trail, Prince William , 20 miles away
Gracik Trail, Caroline , 20 miles away
Overland Trail, Caroline , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rapidan River:
Prince William Forest Park, Triangle - VA , 23 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 40 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
Purse State Park, Maryland , 26 miles away
Leesylvania State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rapidan River:
Cannon Ridge Golf Club, Fredericksburg , 5 miles away
Fawn Lake Country Club, Spotsylvania , 8 miles away
Lake Of The Woods, Locust Grove , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapidan River
Motts Run Reservoir, Spotsylvania , 5 miles away
Abel Lake, Stafford , 10 miles away
Lake of the Woods, Orange , 10 miles away

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