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Virginia whitewater, Dry River

Rockingham county, Rt 33 to Route 613 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     10 miles
  This stretch of Dry River in Virginia is 10 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The nature scenery of Rockingham County and the water flowing gracefully down Dry River beats anything.
    If you're coming from Harrisonburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and
if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The campgrounds here at Dry River are pretty good. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so pack your camping stuff. The Rt 33 to Route 613 section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about
the general area:
There are great places to discover along the Dictum Ridge Trail, and Dry River is not far at all from Hinton. Hughes Hollow is a delightful location to have a look at nearby; going for a hike on the Second Mountain Trail is always a tremendous adventure. This river is so good. Blue Hole is close at hand and always great to go to. From a precipitation point of view Dry River is a relatively normal place. The wettest month of the year is regularly July, that's the one that rains the most, and January is the month with the least moisture. For the duration of the long summer days here at Dry River, high temperatures generally reach the 80's with overnight lows in the 50's.

Dry River, Rt 33 to Route 613 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 Dry River.
 Whitewater Near Dry River:
Dry River, Rockingham County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Rt 33 to Route 613)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lily to North River)
Briery Branch, Rockingham County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Briery Branch Dam to North River)
Little River - North R. Tributary, Augusta County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (Hearthstone Dam to Bridge at Camp May Flather)
Shenandoah River - North Fork, Rockingham County, 13 miles away
      Class I-III - 27.5 miles long (Route 921 to Route 730)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
North River, Augusta County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26 miles long (Below Staunton Dam to Spring Creek)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Hardy County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Milam bridge to confluence of Shooks Run)
Jennings Branch, Augusta County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Jennings Gap to Middle River)
Middle River, Augusta County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Westview to Verona)
 Ski Areas Near Dry River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 21 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 25 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 33 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 38 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 61 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 65 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 65 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 84 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 85 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Dry River:
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg - South, Harrisonburg , 11 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Harrisonburg, VA, Harrisonburg , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HARRISONBURG, Harrisonburg , 11 miles away
Super 8 Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg , 11 miles away
Ramada Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dry River:
Hone Quarry, Mount Solon, 7 miles away
Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mount Solon, 9 miles away
Stokesville Park Recreational, Mount Solon, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Dry River:
Second Mountain Trail, Rockingham , 2 miles away
Dictum Ridge Trail, Rockingham , 2 miles away
Slate Springs Mountain Trail, Rockingham , 4 miles away
Mud Pond Gap Trail, Rockingham , 5 miles away
Slate Springs Trail A, Rockingham , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dry River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 42 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dry River:
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Harrisonburg , 10 miles away
Lakeview Golf Course, Harrisonburg , 15 miles away
Ingleside Resort Golf & Conference Center, Staunton , 18 miles away

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