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Virginia whitewater, North River

Augusta county, Below Staunton Dam to Spring Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     26 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. 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. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all
    set. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. This section of North River in Virginia is 26 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American
Whitewater. The campgrounds here at North River are pretty good. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. The scenic beauty of Augusta County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
you're visiting North River from Mount Solon, you won't be the only one; you can go for a hike on the Narrow Buck Trail. There are glorious places to look at along the Narrow Back Trail. North River is a good place of normal rainfall. Throughout the month of July you get the most rain around here, and the driest month of the year is January. High temperatures at North River during the long summer days are in the 80's while night lows are typically in the 50's. For the duration of the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's; nighttime lows at North River through the wintertime regularly sink into the 10's.

North River, Below Staunton Dam to Spring Creek 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 North River.
 Whitewater Near North River:
Little River - North R. Tributary, Augusta County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 3 miles long (Hearthstone Dam to Bridge at Camp May Flather)
Briery Branch, Rockingham County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Briery Branch Dam to North River)
North River, Augusta County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 26 miles long (Below Staunton Dam to Spring Creek)
Jennings Branch, Augusta County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Jennings Gap to Middle River)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lily to North River)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 10 miles long (Rt 33 to Route 613)
Middle River, Augusta County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Westview to Verona)
Calfpasture River, Augusta/Rockbridge County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (Rt 250 to Route 692)
Potomac River - South Fork of the South Branch, Pendleton/ Hardy County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12.1 miles long (Fort Seybert to Milam)
Thorn/Whitethorn Creek, Pendleton County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 10.1 miles long (Moyers to South Branch of Potomac River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near North River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 25 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 27 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 35 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 41 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 42 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 56 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 60 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 91 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near North River:
Howard Johnson Express Inn Staunton, Staunton , 12 miles away
Frederick House, Staunton , 12 miles away
Berkeley House Bed Breakfast, Staunton , 12 miles away
Olde Staunton Inn, Staunton , 12 miles away
Inn At Old Virginia, Staunton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near North River:
Stokesville Park Recreational, Mount Solon, 1 miles away
Natural Chimneys Regional Park, Mount Solon, 2 miles away
Hone Quarry, Mount Solon, 6 miles away
 Trails Near North River:
Narrow Back Trail, Augusta , 2 miles away
Narrow Buck Trail, Augusta , 3 miles away
Lookout Mountain Trail, Augusta , 4 miles away
Sand Spring Mountain Trail, Augusta , 5 miles away
Grooms Ridge Trail, Augusta , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near North River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 49 miles away
Lost River State Park, West Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near North River:
Ingleside Resort Golf & Conference Center, Staunton , 11 miles away
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, Harrisonburg , 15 miles away
Bunker Valley Golf Range, Waynesboro , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near North River
Puffenbarger Pond, Augusta , 14 miles away

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