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Virginia whitewater, Rush River

Rapahannock county, Washington to Rock Mills section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     6 miles
  The Washington to Rock Mills stretch of Rush River in Rapahannock County is 6 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting location is a short drive from Winchester, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page
    so you wonít get lost. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here.
This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. There's camping available near Rush River. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Washington to Rock Mills stretch is one of them. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and  
the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
The smiling folks of Washington like to hang out nearby, and there's good hiking along the Bluff Trail. Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park is a splendid place to explore on a beautiful day, and splendid hiking is available along the The Peak Trail. This is a really good river. The amount of rainfall that falls at Rush River is close to the national average. The month with most of the rain is July while February is frequently the driest month. High temperatures at Rush River during the warm days of summer are in the 80's while overnight lows are commonly in the 60's.

Rush River, Washington to Rock Mills 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 Rush River.
 Whitewater Near Rush River:
Rush River, Rapahannock County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Washington to Rock Mills)
Covington River, Rapphannock County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Rappahannock School to Rush River)
Thornton River, Rappahannock County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Sperryville to Rock Mills)
Rappahannock River, Fauquier/ Culpeper County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Route 647 to Route 211)
Hughes River and Hazel River, Rappahannock/Culpepper County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 9.5 miles long (SR 603 to Route 522 Bridge)
Happy Creek, Warren County, 9 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.3 miles long (Route 671 to Happy Cr. Road)
Gooney Run, Warren County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 4.1 miles long (Browntown to Karo Landing)
Robinson River, Madison County, 16 miles away
      Class II+ - 19 miles long (Syria to Locust Dale)
Rose River, Madison County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 2 miles long (Two miles to Robinson River)
Passage Creek, Warren County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Elizabeth Furnance to Waterlick)
 Ski Areas Near Rush River:
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 44 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 45 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 69 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 79 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 89 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 91 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Blue Knob, Pennsylvania , 92 miles away, 1072 foot drop, 7 lifts, 34 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 97 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Rush River:
Super 8 Front Royal, Front Royal , 13 miles away
Quality Inn Skyline Drive, Front Royal , 13 miles away
Red Roof Inn Culpeper, Culpeper , 15 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Culpeper, Culpeper , 15 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CULPEPER, Culpeper , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rush River:
Gravel Springs Hut - Appalachian Trail, Bentonville, 8 miles away
Tom Floyd Wayside Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Chester Gap, 9 miles away
Shenandoah National Park - Matthews Arm, Bentonville, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Rush River:
The Peak Trail, Rappahannock , 5 miles away
Bluff Trail, Rappahannock , 6 miles away
Big Devils Stairs Trail, Rappahannock , 6 miles away
Gravel Springs Trail, Rappahannock , 8 miles away
Little Devils Stairs Trail, Rappahannock , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rush River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 21 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry - WV , 43 miles away
Shenandoah River Andy Guest State Park, Virginia , 14 miles away
Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia , 21 miles away
Lake Anna State Park, Virginia , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rush River:
Golf Course, Culpeper , 11 miles away
Jackson's Chase Golf Club, Front Royal , 13 miles away
Culpeper Country Club, Culpeper , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Rush River
Lake Pelham, Culpeper , 14 miles away
Lake Arrowhead, Page , 17 miles away
Lake Frederick, Frederick , 19 miles away

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