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Virginia whitewater, Roach River

Albemarle county, St. George to North Fork Rivanna River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  The natural beauty of Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting location is a short drive from Charlottesville, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Roach River in Albemarle County is 6 miles long and it is classified as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you
    are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. If you've been whitewater
rafting and kayaking outside Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the St. George to North Fork Rivanna River stretch is one of them. For all you camping people  
there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Saddleback Mountain Trail, and at Roach River you always meet someone from Dyke. There's great hiking along the Hensley Hollow Trail. At Roach River through the summertime highs are in the 80's with night lows in the 60's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's while the cold winter nights at Roach River are in the 20's. Roach River gets a normal amount of precipitation. The month with most of the rain is August; January is the month with the least moisture.

Roach River, St. George to North Fork Rivanna River 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 Roach River.
 Whitewater Near Roach River:
Roach River, Albemarle County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (St. George to North Fork Rivanna River)
Rivanna River - North Fork, Albemarle County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Advance Mills to Route 29)
Lynch River, Albermarle County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River)
Buck Mountain Creek, Albermarle County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Route 610 to South Fork of Rivanna R)
South River - Rapidan Tributary, Greene County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Rt. 638 to Route 619)
Conway River, Madison/Greene County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 13 miles long (Rt. 667 to Rapidan River and Route 29 Bridge)
Shenandoah River - South Fork, Page/ Rockingham County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 30.5 miles long (Elkton to Luray)
Rivanna River, Albermarle County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (Charlottesville to Shadwell)
Rapidan River, Greene/Madison County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 15 miles long (Shenandoah National Park to Route 29)
White Oak Run, Madison County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (White Oak Fire Road to Lower White Oak Canyon Parking Lot)
 Ski Areas Near Roach River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 19 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 35 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 36 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 75 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 76 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 92 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 95 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Roach River:
Lafayette Inn, Stanardsville , 6 miles away
DoubleTree By Hilton Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 8 miles away
Red Carpet Inn Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlottesville North, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
Super 8 Charlottesville, Charlottesville , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roach River:
Hightop Hut - Appalachian Trail, Dyke, 6 miles away
Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville, 8 miles away
Swift Run Campground, Elkton, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Roach River:
Saddleback Mountain Trail, Greene , 7 miles away
Hensley Hollow Trail, Rockingham , 8 miles away
South River Falls Trail, Greene , 8 miles away
Pocosin Trail, Greene , 9 miles away
Beldor Ridge Trail, Rockingham , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roach River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 23 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roach River:
Meadow Creek Golf Course, Charlottesville , 10 miles away
McIntire Park Municipal Golf Course, Charlottesville , 11 miles away
Birdwood Golf Course, Charlottesville , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Roach River
Charlottesville Reservoir, Albemarle , 12 miles away

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