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Virginia whitewater, Cedar Creek

Shenandoah Frederick county, Route 55 to Route 11 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     20 miles
The Minebank Road access to Cedar Creek has been posted, and it's no longer available for access. Cars will be towed and people are being charged with trespassing. Says Tyler

At what water levels can you run Cedar Creek? What river/creek gauge do you use for the lower 10 miles of the trip? Says John

The Rt 55 access to Cedar Creek has been posted, and it's no longer available for Access cars are being towed and people are being
    charged with trespassing. Says Levi

Floating from middle road to route 11 takes about 6 hours. Says Adam

Very nice, relaxing run when the water is up. Also, good fishing for bluegill and bass. Says Guy

The starting location is a short drive from Winchester, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Cedar Creek is 20 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The campgrounds here at Cedar Creek are pretty good. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river. The natural beauty of Shenandoah/ Frederick County and the playfulness of the water  
will make you feel great. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Route 55 to Route 11 section is one of them. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too.

Cedar Creek, Route 55 to Route 11 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 Cedar Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cedar Creek:
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah/ Frederick County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 20 miles long (Route 55 to Route 11)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Elizabeth Furnance to Waterlick)
Cedar Creek, Shenandoah / Frederick County, 7 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)
Back Creek - Potomac Tributary, Frederick County, 13 miles away
      Class I - 12 miles long (Route 50 to Dehaven)
Cacapon River, Hampshire County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 12.6 miles long (US 50 at Capon Bridge to West Virginia 127 Bridge)
Gooney Run, Warren County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4.1 miles long (Browntown to Karo Landing)
Waites Run, Hardy County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.8 miles long (Wilson Cove to West Virginia 55)
Happy Creek, Warren County, 16 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.3 miles long (Route 671 to Happy Cr. Road)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 21 miles long (Kings Crossing Road to Elizabeth Furnace)
 Ski Areas Near Cedar Creek:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 30 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 44 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 69 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 72 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 81 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 82 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Cedar Creek:
Ramada Strasburg, Strasburg , 3 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Strasburg Shenandoah Valley, Strasburg , 3 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Middletown, Middletown , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn Express WINCHESTER SOUTH STEPHENS CITY, Stephens City , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn Stephens City-Winchester South, Stephens City , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cedar Creek:
Battle Of Cedar Creek Campground, Middletown, 5 miles away
Elizabeth Furnace Group, Strasburg, 7 miles away
Cove Campgrounds, Gore, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Cedar Creek:
Massanutten Mountain Trail, Shenandoah , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cedar Creek:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 21 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 44 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 12 miles away
Cacapon State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cedar Creek:
Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, Front Royal , 13 miles away
Bowling Green Country Club, Front Royal , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Cedar Creek
Lakeside Lake, Frederick , 13 miles away
Woodstock Reservoir, Shenandoah , 13 miles away
Lake Frederick, Frederick , 15 miles away

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