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Virginia whitewater, Jennings Branch

Augusta county, Jennings Gap to Middle River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     8 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Staunton-Waynesboro, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This section of Jennings Branch in Virginia is 8 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. There are campgrounds
    quite near the river where you can camp. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding.
The Jennings Gap to Middle River stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a perfect hiking adventure along the Bear Draft Trail, and the good people of Churchville like
to hang out close by. While you're here at Jennings Branch you can take a hike along the Lookout Mountain Trail. An average amount of rainfall falls at Jennings Branch. July is the wettest month with most rain, and January is when it's the driest. For the period of the months of summer at Jennings Branch temperatures are commonly in the 80's; all through summer nights temperatures are in the 50's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Jennings Branch descend into the 10's.

Jennings Branch, Jennings Gap to Middle 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 Jennings Branch.
 Whitewater Near Jennings Branch:
Jennings Branch, Augusta County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Jennings Gap to Middle River)
Middle River, Augusta County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Westview to Verona)
North River, Augusta County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26 miles long (Below Staunton Dam to Spring Creek)
Little River - North R. Tributary, Augusta County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (Hearthstone Dam to Bridge at Camp May Flather)
Briery Branch, Rockingham County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Briery Branch Dam to North River)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (Rt 250 to Route 692)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lily to North River)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Rt 33 to Route 613)
Marl Creek - South R.Trib, Rockbridge County, 19 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 1 miles long (Steele's Tavern to Virginia-56)
Shaws Fork, Highland County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Headwaters to Liberty)
 Ski Areas Near Jennings Branch:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 23 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 28 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 40 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 45 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 46 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 59 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 96 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 98 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Jennings Branch:
Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton, Staunton , 7 miles away
Frederick House, Staunton , 8 miles away
Olde Staunton Inn, Staunton , 8 miles away
Inn At Old Virginia, Staunton , 8 miles away
Berkeley House Bed Breakfast, Staunton , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Jennings Branch:
Stokesville Park Recreational, Mount Solon, 5 miles away
North River Campground, Augusta County, 6 miles away
Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mount Solon, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Jennings Branch:
Bear Draft Trail, Augusta , 4 miles away
Lookout Mountain Trail, Augusta , 5 miles away
North River Gorge Trail, Augusta , 6 miles away
Hankey Mountain Trail, Augusta , 7 miles away
Little Skidmore Trail, Augusta , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Jennings Branch:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 53 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Jennings Branch:
Ingleside Resort Golf & Conference Center, Staunton , 9 miles away
Bunker Valley Golf Range, Waynesboro , 15 miles away
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Harrisonburg , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Jennings Branch
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 15 miles away

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