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Virginia whitewater, Dry River

Rockingham county, Lily to North River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     6 miles
  This stretch of Dry River is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The starting location is a short drive from Harrisonburg, as you can see on the road map further down. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby
    campground. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled
as well. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. The wonderful Virginia scenery and the cool fresh water will make you feel great.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the
Dictum Ridge Trail; if you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Dayton. Don't leave Dry River without first going for a hike along the Second Mountain Trail. The warmest time of the year at Dry River comes with high temperatures in the 80's, and the nighttime is fairly chillier of course, ordinarily in the 50's. Highs during the winter are regularly in the 40's, and nighttime lows during the wintertime for Dry River tend to be in the 10's. The annual rainfall here at Dry River is about average. July is the wettest month with most rain while January is mostly the driest month.

Dry River, Lily to North 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 Dry River.
 Whitewater Near Dry River:
Dry River, Rockingham County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lily to North River)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Rt 33 to Route 613)
Briery Branch, Rockingham County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Briery Branch Dam to North River)
Little River - North R. Tributary, Augusta County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (Hearthstone Dam to Bridge at Camp May Flather)
North River, Augusta County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26 miles long (Below Staunton Dam to Spring Creek)
Shenandoah River - North Fork, Rockingham County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 27.5 miles long (Route 921 to Route 730)
Jennings Branch, Augusta County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Jennings Gap to Middle River)
Middle River, Augusta County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Westview to Verona)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 20 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
South River, Waynesboro City / Rockingham County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Waynesboro to Lynnwood)
 Ski Areas Near Dry River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 17 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 26 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 28 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 43 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 43 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 68 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 89 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 90 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Dry River:
Hampton Inn Harrisonburg - South, Harrisonburg , 6 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Harrisonburg, VA, Harrisonburg , 6 miles away
Super 8 Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg , 6 miles away
Holiday Inn Express HARRISONBURG, Harrisonburg , 6 miles away
Ramada Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Dry River:
Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mount Solon, 7 miles away
Hone Quarry, Mount Solon, 10 miles away
Stokesville Park Recreational, Mount Solon, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Dry River:
Second Mountain Trail, Rockingham , 6 miles away
Dictum Ridge Trail, Rockingham , 7 miles away
Mud Pond Gap Trail, Rockingham , 8 miles away
Slate Springs Mountain Trail, Rockingham , 9 miles away
Narrow Buck Trail, Augusta , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Dry River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 40 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Dry River:
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Harrisonburg , 6 miles away
Lakeview Golf Course, Harrisonburg , 11 miles away
Ingleside Resort Golf & Conference Center, Staunton , 14 miles away

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