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Virginia whitewater, Difficult Run

Fairfax county, Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV(V+)     0.9 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The scenic beauty of Fairfax County and the playfulness of the water are in
    themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River stretch of Difficult Run is 0.9 miles long and has been rated as a class III-IV(V+)
section by American Whitewater. There are nice comfortable hotels here, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River stretch is one of them. This is a very short section so better bring some good walking shoes. No matter  
if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Seneca Creek State Park is a good place to go if you're at Difficult Run, and the beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Great Falls. Near Difficult Run you hit upon the Potomac Heritage Trail which is a wonderful hiking trail, and as expected, all our national parks are nice locations to stop at and Wolf Trap Farm Park is no exception. Coming to this river is always a good idea. The Gold Mine Trail is a delightful hiking trail close to Difficult Run, and close by you hit upon Mather Gorge which is a pleasant site to stop at.

Difficult Run, Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River 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 Difficult Run.
 Whitewater Near Difficult Run:
Difficult Run, Fairfax County, 0 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.9 miles long (Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 1 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.5 miles long (Mather Gorge to Lock 10)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.6 miles long (Through Great Falls)
Scott's Run, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V - -blank- miles long (Swinks Mill Road to Fairfax County Park trailhead)
Cabin John Creek, Montgomery County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (River Road to Potomac)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Accotink Creek, Fairfax County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (King Arthur Road to Telegraph Road)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Violette's Lock - GW Canal Loop)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Little Falls)
Little Seneca Creek, Montgomery County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5.2 miles long (Boyds to Darnestown)
 Ski Areas Near Difficult Run:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 43 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Difficult Run:
Columbia Island Marina, Arlington , 12 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Washington , 13 miles away
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 15 miles away
Fairfax Yacht Club, Alexandria , 15 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 15 miles away
 Beaches Near Difficult Run:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Difficult Run:
Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Vienna , 2 miles away
Residence Inn Tysons Corner, Vienna , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Tysons Corner, Vienna , 3 miles away
Oakwood At Avalon Tysons Crnr, McLean , 3 miles away
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, McLean , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Difficult Run:
C and O Canal NHP - Marsden Tract Group, West Mclean, 2 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Swains Lock, Potomac, 3 miles away
Lake Fairfax County Park, Reston, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Difficult Run:
Gold Mine Trail, Montgomery , 1 miles away
Potomac Heritage Trail, Fairfax , 2 miles away
Meadow Trail, Fairfax , 2 miles away
Paw Paw Passage Trail, Fairfax , 3 miles away
Upland Trail, District of Columbia , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Difficult Run:
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 3 miles away
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 5 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 13 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 16 miles away
Mason Neck State Park, Virginia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Difficult Run:
Tpc Potomac At Avenel Farm, Potomac , 3 miles away
Billy Casper Golf, Vienna , 3 miles away
Country Club Westwood, Vienna , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Difficult Run
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 10 miles away
Lake Needwood, Montgomery , 10 miles away
Burke Lake, Fairfax , 12 miles away

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