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Virginia whitewater, Cedar Creek

Shenandoah Frederick county, Above Route 55 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     9 miles
My wife & I canoed this in March of 1986. What I remember, we would go into these curves & it was the most beautiful green pools of clear water. You could see to the bottom. There was a low-water bridge that we had to carry the canoe over. We floated on downstream & just before dark we pulled over to camp. Where we camped was a couple of miles above the waterfall on river left. We had a little party & had taken a little 5 TV & watched David
    Letterman.The next morning we canoed past the waterfall, past a suspension bridge, paddled several easy class II rapids, & I think we took out at the bridge that was about 3 miles above the Shenandoah River. There was a
beautiful old white farmhouse on river right. In summary, Cedar Creek in the upper part has decent current, beautiful pools, flowing through rolling farmland & transitions to microgorges. We have moved to another state & miss doing this trip. Says Big Dog

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 many runs in this
state are very easy. If you're coming from Winchester it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. This stretch of Cedar Creek in Shenandoah / Frederick County is 9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II section. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, suitable for an afternoon trip. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good rivers. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car.

Cedar Creek, Above Route 55 road map
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These outdoors activities are available near Cedar Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cedar Creek:
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Above Route 55)
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Route 704 bridge to Route 50)
Waites Run, Hardy County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.8 miles long (Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Elizabeth Furnance to Waterlick)
Cacapon River, Hampshire County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 12.6 miles long (US 50 at Capon Bridge to West Virginia 127 Bridge)
Lost River, Hardy County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (West Virginia 55/259 to West Virginia 259)
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 15 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Route 50 to Dehaven)
Trout Run, Hardy County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (Halfmoon Trail to West Virginia 55/259 bridge)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 21 miles long (Kings Crossing Road to Elizabeth Furnace)
 Ski Areas Near Cedar Creek:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 25 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 41 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 66 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 67 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 70 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 78 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
 Hotels Near Cedar Creek:
Ramada Strasburg, Strasburg , 8 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Strasburg Shenandoah Valley, Strasburg , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Woodstock, Woodstock , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WOODSTOCK-SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Woodstock , 11 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Woodstock, Woodstock , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cedar Creek:
Hawk Campground, Hampshire County, 5 miles away
Camp Rim Rock, Yellow Spring, 9 miles away
Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap, Fort Valley, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Cedar Creek:
Fetzer Gap Trail, Shenandoah , 8 miles away
Little Passage Trail, Shenandoah , 9 miles away
Signal Knob Trail, Shenandoah , 9 miles away
Bear Wallow Trail, Shenandoah , 10 miles away
Passage Creek For Trail, Shenandoah , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cedar Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 21 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 49 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 15 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cedar Creek:
Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, Front Royal , 18 miles away
Rock Harbor Golf Course, Winchester , 18 miles away
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, Front Royal , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Cedar Creek
Warden Lake, Hardy , 11 miles away
Woodstock Reservoir, Shenandoah , 11 miles away
Lakeside Lake, Frederick , 18 miles away

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