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Virginia whitewater, Pedlar River

Amherst county, Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     14 miles
  The Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640 section of Pedlar River in Virginia is 14 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III section. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The beautiful scenery of Amherst County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. There arenít any hotels right
    nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route
640 section is just one of them. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. If you're coming from Lynchburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area  
has a large number of paddling places. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike on the Cashaw Creek Trail is always a good adventure, and if you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Coleman Falls. That right there is loads of cool stuff already but it goes on, the Blue Ridge Mountains has it all. There are nice sites to look at along the Piney Ridge Trail. The amount of rainfall that falls at Pedlar River is close to the national average.

Pedlar River, Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640 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 Pedlar River.
 Whitewater Near Pedlar River:
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 2 miles away
      Class I(II) - 6 miles long (Route 640 to Highway 130)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (Highway 130 to James River)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 6 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Forks of Buffalo to Amherst)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
Hay's Creek, Rockbridge County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 1.25 miles long (Eastfields to Walker's Creek)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
Harris Creek, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Route 130 to James River)
Piney River - South Fork, Amherst County, 11 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (First bridge to National Forest boundary.)
James River, Rockbridge/ Amherst County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Glasgow to Snowden)
 Ski Areas Near Pedlar River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 29 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 46 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 57 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 67 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 76 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 80 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Pedlar River:
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 12 miles away
Scottish Inns Madison, Madison Heights , 13 miles away
Holiday Inn LYNCHBURG, Lynchburg , 13 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles-El Monte CA, El Monte , 13 miles away
Econo Lodge Lynchburg, Lynchburg , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pedlar River:
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Otter Creek, Big Island, 5 miles away
Wildwood Campground, Monroe, 6 miles away
Brown Mt Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Buena Vista, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Pedlar River:
Cashaw Creek Trail, Amherst , 6 miles away
Piney Ridge Trail, Bedford , 10 miles away
Rocky Row Trail, Rockbridge , 10 miles away
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 11 miles away
Sulphur Ridge Trail, Bedford , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pedlar River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 40 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 33 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pedlar River:
Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg , 7 miles away
Poplar Grove Golf Club, Amherst , 10 miles away
Ivy Hill Golf Club, Forest , 11 miles away

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