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Virginia whitewater, Crab Run

Highland county, Along Route 250 to McDowell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     3 miles
Crab run is simply magnificent. The water is so pure and cold. Says Tyler Thtdude Humphries (see picture)

The Along Route 250 to McDowell section of Crab Run in Highland County is 3 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Staunton-Waynesboro, as you can see on the road map further down. The campgrounds here at Crab Run are pretty good. The natural beauty
    of Virginia and the playfulness of the water beats anything. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. This section is quite short so no need
to bring snacks. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if  
you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners.

Briefly about the general area:
A magnificent place close to Crab Run is Seldom Seen Hollow, and you can go for a hike on the Hupman Valley Trail. During your journey to Crab Run you'll meet some folks from Mc Dowell for sure; tremendous hiking is available along the Benson Run Trail. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Crab Run sees pretty high levels of rain. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain, and the driest month of the year is February.

Crab Run, Along Route 250 to McDowell road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Crab Run.
 Whitewater Near Crab Run:
Crab Run, Highland County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Along Route 250 to McDowell)
Bullpasture River, Highland/Bath County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Route 250 to Route 678)
Cowpasture River, Alleghany/Botetourt County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 24.5 miles long (Shaw Fork to Route 625 bridge)
Shaws Fork, Highland County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Headwaters to Liberty)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland VA/ Pendleton WV County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.4 miles long (state line to CR 23)
Bullpasture River, Highland\Bath County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 4 miles long (Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River)
Jackson River, Bath/ Alleghany County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 28.5 miles long (Vinegar Run to Route 603)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Route 692 to Route 687)
Roaring Creek, Preston County, 11 miles away
      Class IV - 6.1 miles long (County Road 3-12 to Cheat River)
Potomac River - South Branch, Highland County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (Confluence of Straight Creek to state line)
 Ski Areas Near Crab Run:
The Homestead, Virginia , 32 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 33 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 37 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 39 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 46 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 53 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 58 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 95 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Crab Run:
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 29 miles away
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 29 miles away
Howard Johnson Inn Lexington, Lexington , 29 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Lexington, Lexington , 29 miles away
Maple Hall Inn, Lexington , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Crab Run:
Bear Mountain Farm and Wilderness Retreat, Hightown, 9 miles away
Shaws Fork Horse Camp, Head Waters, 9 miles away
Cowpasture River Access - DGIF, Williamsville, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Crab Run:
Hupman Valley Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Benson Run Trail, Highland , 7 miles away
Jerkemtight Trail, Highland , 8 miles away
Shenandoah Mountain Trail, Highland , 8 miles away
Jones Trail, Highland , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Crab Run:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 65 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 23 miles away
Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Crab Run
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 14 miles away

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