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Virginia whitewater, Jackson River

Bath Alleghany county, Vinegar Run to Route 603 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     28.5 miles
  The natural beauty of Bath/ Alleghany County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The Vinegar Run to Route 603 stretch of Jackson River is 28.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater.
    If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. If you're coming from Staunton-Waynesboro it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting
some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The Vinegar Run to Route 603 section  
is one of a few paddling sections in this river system.

Briefly about the general area:
There are great places to explore along the McGuffin Trail, and a wonderful location is Ned Hollow. A journey to Seneca State Forest revives the soul; Jackson River is a location with many visitors from Bacova. This river is so great. Go for a hike on the Piney Mountain Trail, and the slopes of The Homestead are so inviting noone can resist. Summertime highs at Jackson River frequently tend to be in the 80's. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures fall down into the 50's.

Jackson River, Vinegar Run to Route 603 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 Jackson River.
 Whitewater Near Jackson River:
Back Creek - Jackson Tributary, Bath County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 17.5 miles long (Bath County Pumped Storage Facility to Jackson River)
Jackson River, Bath/ Alleghany County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 28.5 miles long (Vinegar Run to Route 603)
Bullpasture River, Highland\Bath County, 14 miles away
      Class III+ - 4 miles long (Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River)
Deer Creek, Pocahontas County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 5.4 miles long (Confluence with North Fork of Deer Creek to confluence with Greenbrier River)
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
Greenbrier River, Pocahontas County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (Cass to Clover Lick)
Greenbrier River, Pocahontas County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.7 miles long (Clover Lick to Laurel Run)
Mill Creek, Rockbridge County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Route 42 Wayside to Goshen)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Jackson River, Alleghany County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 42.5 miles long (Gathright Dam to James River)
 Ski Areas Near Jackson River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 13 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 19 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 52 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 54 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 60 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 72 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 79 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 81 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 98 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Jackson River:
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs , 10 miles away
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Covington, Covington , 25 miles away
Magnuson Hotel Mountain View, Covington , 25 miles away
Hampton Inn Covington VA, Covington , 25 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jackson River:
Poor Farm, Warm Springs, 2 miles away
Back Creek Recreation Area - Dominion Power, Bacova, 3 miles away
Virginia Power, Warm Springs, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Jackson River:
McGuffin Trail, Highland , 5 miles away
Piney Mountain Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Warm Springs Mountain Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Bear Rock Trail, Bath , 5 miles away
Paddy Knob Trail, Pocahontas , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Jackson River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 54 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 15 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jackson River:
Lower Cascades Golf Club, Hot Springs , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Jackson River
Lake Sam Hill, Pocahontas , 13 miles away
Lake Moomaw, Alleghany , 17 miles away

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