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Virginia whitewater, Rapidan River

Greene Madison county, Shenandoah National Park to Route 29 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     15 miles
  If you're coming from Charlottesville it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Rapidan River in Greene/Madison County is 15 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the playfulness of the water attract people from near and far. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking
    outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature
have people coming from far and near. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Shenandoah National Park to Route 29 section is one of them. There's camping available near Rapidan  
River.

Briefly about the general area:
You need to have a look at Mitchell Bluff while you're here at Rapidan River, and the Jones Mountain Trail offers hiking at its best. Rapidan River is not far at all from Hood, and there's great hiking along the Staunton River Trail. This river is so perfect. An average amount of rain falls at Rapidan River. August is when you get the most rain here, and January is the month with the least moisture. High temperatures at Rapidan River all through the warm days of summer are in the 80's, and through the night it cools down to the 60's.

Rapidan River, Shenandoah National Park to Route 29 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:
White Oak Run, Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (White Oak Fire Road to Lower White Oak Canyon Parking Lot)
Rapidan River, Greene/Madison County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 15 miles long (Shenandoah National Park to Route 29)
Conway River, Madison/Greene County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt. 667 to Rapidan River and Route 29 Bridge)
South River - Rapidan Tributary, Greene County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Rt. 638 to Route 619)
Robinson River, Madison County, 7 miles away
      Class II+ - 19 miles long (Syria to Locust Dale)
Rose River, Madison County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Two miles to Robinson River)
Rivanna River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Advance Mills to Route 29)
Hughes River and Hazel River, Rappahannock/Culpepper County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (SR 603 to Route 522 Bridge)
Roach River, Albemarle County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (St. George to North Fork Rivanna River)
Lynch River, Albermarle County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River)
 Ski Areas Near Rapidan River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 28 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 38 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 47 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 82 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 95 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Rapidan River:
Lafayette Inn, Stanardsville , 7 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express ORANGE, Orange , 17 miles away
Courtyard Charlottesville North, Charlottesville , 18 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlottesville North, Charlottesville , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rapidan River:
Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville, 5 miles away
Shenandoah Hills Campground, Madison, 5 miles away
Bearfence Mt Hut - Appalachian Trail, Stanley, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Rapidan River:
Staunton River Trail, Madison , 6 miles away
Jones Mountain Trail, Madison , 6 miles away
Pocosin Hollow Trail, Greene , 8 miles away
Lewis Mountain Trail, Greene , 8 miles away
Upper Dark Hollow Trail, Madison , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rapidan River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 18 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 66 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 27 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rapidan River:
McIntire Park Municipal Golf Course, Charlottesville , 18 miles away
Caverns Golf Course, Luray , 18 miles away
Keswick Hunt Club, Keswick , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Rapidan River
Lake Arrowhead, Page , 16 miles away

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