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Virginia whitewater, Shaws Fork

Highland county, Headwaters to Liberty section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     4.5 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The Headwaters to Liberty section of Shaws Fork in Virginia is 4.5 miles long and is rated by American
    Whitewater as a class II-III section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Headwaters to Liberty section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non
stop paddle, good for a one day paddling trip. The scenic beauty of Highland County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Wilson Hollow is a great place to take a look
 
at nearby; do take a hike on the Benson Run Trail. While you're here at Shaws Fork you will meet lots of folks from close by Head Waters. Hiking along the Shenandoah Mountain Trail is good fun. Shaws Fork is a good place of normal rain. Most of the rain falls during July; the driest month is January. Through the summertime months at Shaws Fork highs are generally in the 70's. Summer overnight lows plunge down to the 50's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 30's, and during the dark hours in the wintertime at Shaws Fork temperatures descend to the 10's.

Shaws Fork, Headwaters to Liberty 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 Shaws Fork.
 Whitewater Near Shaws Fork:
Cowpasture River, Alleghany/Botetourt County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 24.5 miles long (Shaw Fork to Route 625 bridge)
Shaws Fork, Highland County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Headwaters to Liberty)
Bullpasture River, Highland/Bath County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Route 250 to Route 678)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Route 692 to Route 687)
Crab Run, Highland County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Along Route 250 to McDowell)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (Rt 250 to Route 692)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.4 miles long (state line to CR 23)
Bullpasture River, Highland\Bath County, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 4 miles long (Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (Route 687 to Goshen)
Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, Pendleton County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.1 miles long (Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Shaws Fork:
The Homestead, Virginia , 35 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 40 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 40 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 47 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 54 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 94 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 96 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Shaws Fork:
Montvallee Motel, Monterey , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Raphine, Raphine , 25 miles away
Maple Hall Inn, Lexington , 26 miles away
Days Inn Lexington N Lee Highway, Lexington , 26 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Lexington , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Shaws Fork:
Shaws Fork Horse Camp, Head Waters, 4 miles away
Braley Pond, West Augusta, 9 miles away
Cowpasture River Access - DGIF, Williamsville, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Shaws Fork:
Benson Run Trail, Highland , 4 miles away
Shenandoah Mountain Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Jones Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Jerrys Run Trail, Augusta , 6 miles away
Hupman Valley Trail, Highland , 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Shaws Fork:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 65 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 28 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 32 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Shaws Fork
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 10 miles away

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