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Virginia whitewater, Rockfish River - South Fork

Nelson county, Wintergreen to Beech Grove section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     3.2 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia are easier than the national norm, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The nature scenery of Nelson County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Rockfish River - South Fork in Virginia is 3.2 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater.
    There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. 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 rivers. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Really great skiing
 
awaits you at Wintergreen, and nearby Pond Hollow is a nice place to go. Near Rockfish River - South Fork you locate the Turkey Pen Ridge Trail which is a wonderful hiking trail, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Roseland here. At this river you will never have a bad time. Going for a hike on the Mills Creek Trail is always a good adventure. A typical amount of rain falls here at Rockfish River - South Fork. The month of August is the wettest with most of the rain; February is when it's the driest. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Rockfish River - South Fork. All through the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 60's.

Rockfish River - South Fork, Wintergreen to Beech Grove 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 Rockfish River - South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Rockfish River - South Fork, Nelson County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 3.2 miles long (Wintergreen to Beech Grove)
Back Creek - South River Tributary, Augusta County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Sherando Lake to South River)
Stoney Creek, Nelson County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 0.8 miles long (Peggy's Pinch to Route 751)
Paul's Creek, Nelson County County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Waterslides)
Tye River, Nelson County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Nash to Tye River)
Tye River - North Fork, Nelson County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Above Nash to Confluence with Tye River)
Shoe Creek, Amherst/Nelson County, 11 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (North Fork to Piney)
South River, Waynesboro City / Rockingham County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Waynesboro to Lynnwood)
Tye River - Upper North Fork, Nelson County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 0.5 miles long (Adrenaline Alley)
Tye River - Upper South Fork, Nelson County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Montebello to first Route 56 bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 2 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 31 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 52 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 63 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 69 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 77 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 95 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Cabin Creekwood, Lyndhurst , 3 miles away
Residence Inn Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Waynesboro Inn & Suites Conference Center, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
Days Inn Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Maupin Field Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Roseland, 3 miles away
Harpers Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Roseland, 4 miles away
Sherando Lake, Roseland, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Turkey Pen Ridge Trail, Augusta , 4 miles away
Mills Creek Trail, Augusta , 5 miles away
White Rock Gap Trail, Augusta , 5 miles away
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Augusta , 7 miles away
Stony Run Trail, Augusta , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 55 miles away
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 67 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rockfish River - South Fork:
Devils Knob Golf Course, Nellysford , 2 miles away
Spring Creek Golf Club, Zion Crossroads , 2 miles away
Stoney Creek Golf Course, Nellysford , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Rockfish River - South Fork
Lake Monocan, Nelson , 6 miles away

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