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Virginia whitewater, Mill Creek

Rockbridge county, Route 42 Wayside to Goshen section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     7.5 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Staunton-Waynesboro, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The scenic beauty of Rockbridge County and the water flowing gracefully down Mill Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle,
    suitable for an afternoon trip. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more. The Route 42 Wayside to Goshen stretch of Mill Creek in Rockbridge County is 7.5 miles long and is
a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Gap is near Mill Creek and is a good location, and lots of people from Goshen come here. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Mill Creek; Old Bridge Trail is a glorious local trail. There's good hiking along the Gochenour Hunter Access Trail. During the summertime months, highs frequently are in the 80's at Mill Creek, and all through the night it cools down to the 50's. The winter brings highs down to the 30's while the cold winter nights at Mill Creek are in the 10's. Lots of precipitation falls at Mill Creek. The month with most of the rain is July while December is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Mill Creek, Route 42 Wayside to Goshen 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 Mill Creek.
 Whitewater Near Mill Creek:
Mill Creek, Rockbridge County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Route 42 Wayside to Goshen)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Goshen to Maury River)
Laurel Run, Rockbridge County, 6 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.5 miles long (Game road to Maury River)
Maury River, Bath/ Rockbridge County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 6 miles long (Goshen Pass to Rockbridge Baths)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 11.5 miles long (Route 687 to Goshen)
Maury River, Rockbridge County, 10 miles away
      Class II(III) - 32 miles long (Rockbridge Baths to James River)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Bullpasture River, Highland\Bath County, 13 miles away
      Class III+ - 4 miles long (Rt. 678 to Cowpasture River)
 Ski Areas Near Mill Creek:
The Homestead, Virginia , 23 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 39 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 41 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 56 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 58 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 58 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 70 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 86 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Mill Creek:
Days Inn Lexington, Lexington , 12 miles away
The Georges Inn, Lexington , 13 miles away
Best Western Plus Inn At Hunt Ridge, Lexington , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Virginia Horse Center, Lexington , 13 miles away
Best Western Lexington Inn, Lexington , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Mill Creek:
Cold Sulphur Campground, Goshen, 4 miles away
Cowpasture River Access - DGIF, Williamsville, 10 miles away
Lake A. Willis Robertson County Park, Natural Bridge, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Mill Creek:
Gochenour Hunter Access Trail, Rockbridge , 3 miles away
Old Bridge Trail, Rockbridge , 4 miles away
Burke Trail, Rockbridge , 4 miles away
Missing Link Trail, Rockbridge , 5 miles away
Seay Trail, Rockbridge , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Mill Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 47 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 19 miles away
Seneca State Forest, West Virginia , 29 miles away
Cass Railroad State Park, West Virginia , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Mill Creek:
Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs , 11 miles away
Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington , 13 miles away
Vista Links Golf Course, Buena Vista , 17 miles away

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