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Maryland whitewater, Potomac River

Frederick Washington county, Sandy Hook to Point of Rocks section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     13.5 miles
  If you're coming from Hagerstown-Martinsburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The Sandy Hook to Point of Rocks stretch of Potomac River in Frederick/ Washington County is 13.5 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill
    up quick. The wonderful Frederick/ Washington County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. 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 lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The Sandy Hook to Point of Rocks section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. This stretch is long enough for an overnight  
trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Greenbrier State Park is a fine place; Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a wonderful national park. If the weather is great here at Potomac River, you can go for a hike along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and there are plenty of people from Lovettsville here at Potomac River. This is such a great river. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Potomac River; the overnight is a tad colder of course, regularly in the 60's.

Potomac River, Sandy Hook to Point of Rocks road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River:
Catoctin Creek, Loudon County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 4.5 miles long (SR 663 to Potomac Confluence)
Whitewater Outfitter - River & Trail Outfitters, Frederick County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - BTI Whitewater, Loudoun County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Potomac River, Frederick/ Washington County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Sandy Hook to Point of Rocks)
Potomac River, Jefferson WV Washington MD County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 2.5 miles long (Harpers Ferry - Dam #3 to Route 340)
Catoctin Creek, Frederick County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 28.8 miles long (US 40 to Potomac River)
Shenandoah River, Grant Jefferson Loudon County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Millville to Harpers Ferry)
Shenandoah River, Jefferson County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.7 miles long (West Virginia 9 to Millville)
Antietam Creek, Washington County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 11 miles long (Highway 68 to Potomac River)
Goose Creek, Loudoun County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2.5 miles long (Fairfax Dam to Goose Creek Country Club)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 31 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 66 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
Tussey Mountain, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 82 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 83 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 91 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Potomac River:
Mountain View Bed And Breakfas, Lovettsville , 1 miles away
Stone Manor Vineyard And Orcha, Lovettsville , 1 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Brunswick, Brunswick , 2 miles away
Lily Garden Bed And Breakfast, Harpers Ferry , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River:
Brunswick Camp Site, Brunswick, 1 miles away
Ed Garvey Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Knoxville, 4 miles away
Bald Eagle Island Campground, Frederick County, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Washington , 3 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Sussex , 3 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Bennington , 3 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Jefferson , 3 miles away
Loudoun Heights Trail, Jefferson , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 10 miles away
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, McLean - VA , 10 miles away
Greenbrier State Park, West Virginia , 13 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 25 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River:
Dominion Valley Couintry Club, Haymarket , 9 miles away
Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, Leesburg , 9 miles away
Blue Ridge Country Club, Galax , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River
Culler Lake, Frederick , 16 miles away

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