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Virginia whitewater, Piney River

Nelson Amherst county, Alhambra to Woodson section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     3.5 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often easier than in other states, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The scenic beauty of Virginia and the cool fresh water beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. This section of Piney River is 3.5 miles long
    and is according to American Whitewater a class III-IV section of whitewater. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Getting some good exercise and spending
some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car.

Briefly about the general area:
Going for a hike along the Tolley Gap Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. Here at Piney River you'll probably meet some folks from Montebello, and if the weather is pleasant, you can go for a hike along the White Rock Gap Trail. This is such a great river. You'll never forgive yourself if you donít go skiing at Wintergreen if you're here. Piney River sees pretty high levels of rain. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily October, that's the one that rains the most, and January is the month with the least moisture.

Piney River, Alhambra to Woodson 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 Piney River.
 Whitewater Near Piney River:
Piney River, Nelson/Amherst County, 2 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Alhambra to Woodson)
Shoe Creek, Amherst/Nelson County, 2 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (North Fork to Piney)
Tye River - South Fork, Nelson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Route 56 to Nash)
Tye River - Upper South Fork, Nelson County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Montebello to first Route 56 bridge)
Tye River, Nelson County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Nash to Tye River)
Tye River - Upper North Fork, Nelson County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 0.5 miles long (Adrenaline Alley)
Tye River - North Fork, Nelson County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Above Nash to Confluence with Tye River)
Irish Creek, Rockbridge County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Irish Creek Mission to South River)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 13 miles long (Amherst to Tye River)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
 Ski Areas Near Piney River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 13 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 42 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 61 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 72 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 99 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Piney River:
Cabin Creekwood, Lyndhurst , 11 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Raphine, Raphine , 13 miles away
Hometown Inn Staunton, Staunton , 14 miles away
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 16 miles away
Days Inn Staunton South, Staunton , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Piney River:
The Priest Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Montebello, 3 miles away
Crabtree Falls Campgrounds, Tyro, 5 miles away
Camp Blue Ridge, Montebello, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Piney River:
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 5 miles away
White Rock Gap Trail, Augusta , 9 miles away
Mills Creek Trail, Augusta , 10 miles away
Cold Spring Bald Mountain Trail, Augusta , 10 miles away
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Augusta , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Piney River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 56 miles away
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 66 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Piney River:
Poplar Grove Golf Club, Amherst , 6 miles away
Shadow Ridge Golf Course, Amherst , 11 miles away
Winton Country Club, Amherst , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Piney River
Lake Monocan, Nelson , 17 miles away

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