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Virginia whitewater, Rappahannock River

Fauquier Culpeper county, Motts Run to Fredericksburg section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     4.5 miles
  This section of Rappahannock River in Fauquier/ Culpeper County is 4.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-III section. If you're coming from Richmond it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The campgrounds here at Rappahannock River are pretty good. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature
    are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it
on an afternoon. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The natural beauty of Fauquier/ Culpeper County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good  
rivers for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking along the Jackson Trail is great fun; you'll meet a lot of people from Fredericksburg here. Have a good hiking adventure along the Overland Trail. The yearly rainfall here at Rappahannock River is about average. Most of the rain falls during May; February on the other hand is the driest. Summertime at Rappahannock River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 60's. The cold days of the winter come with highs in the 40's, and during the dark hours in the wintertime at Rappahannock River temperatures drop to the 20's.

Rappahannock River, Motts Run to Fredericksburg 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 Rappahannock River.
 Whitewater Near Rappahannock River:
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.5 miles long (Motts Run to Fredericksburg)
Aquia Creek, Stafford County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 10.5 miles long (Rt. 610 to US 1)
Rapidan River, Spotsylvania/ Culpepper County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 15 miles long (Route 610 to Motts Run)
Quantico Creek - South Branch, Prince William County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 8.5 miles long (Route 619 to Dumfries)
Quantico Creek, Prince William County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Trail 7 to Dumfries)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 24 miles long (Kellys Ford to Motts Run)
North Anna River, Hanover County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Butler Ford Bridge to Route 1)
Little River - North Anna Tributary, Hanover County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Verdun to Doswell)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 24 miles away
      Class II+ - 4.5 miles long (Remington to Kellys Ford)
Broad Run, Prince William County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 14 miles long (Route 675 to Route 28 South of Manassas)
 Ski Areas Near Rappahannock River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 87 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 91 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Rappahannock River:
Willow Landing Marina, Stafford , 11 miles away
Holiday Harbor Marina, Stafford , 12 miles away
Lake Anna Beach Marina, Spotsylvania , 13 miles away
 Beaches Near Rappahannock River:
Clifton Beach, Charles , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Rappahannock River:
Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 0 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Fredericksburg-at Celebrate Virginia, Fredericksburg , 0 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 0 miles away
Fredbg Hosp House Hotel Conf Center, Fredericksburg , 1 miles away
Best Western Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rappahannock River:
Fredericksburg KOA Kampground, Fredericksburg, 8 miles away
Indian Acres Club Of Thornburg, Thornburg, 10 miles away
Wilderness Presidential Resort, Spotsylvania, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Rappahannock River:
Jackson Trail, Spotsylvania , 10 miles away
Overland Trail, Caroline , 13 miles away
Gracik Trail, Caroline , 13 miles away
Coon Trail, Caroline , 13 miles away
Chopawamsic Trail, Prince William , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rappahannock River:
Prince William Forest Park, Triangle - VA , 18 miles away
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 37 miles away
Purse State Park, Maryland , 19 miles away
Leesylvania State Park, Virginia , 23 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rappahannock River:
Cannon Ridge Golf Club, Fredericksburg , 3 miles away
Augustine Golf Club, Stafford , 7 miles away
Aquia Harbour Golf Course, Stafford , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Rappahannock River
Motts Run Reservoir, Spotsylvania , 3 miles away
Abel Lake, Stafford , 4 miles away
Lake of the Woods, Orange , 18 miles away

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