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Virginia whitewater, Shoe Creek

Amherst Nelson county, North Fork to Piney section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-V     2 miles
  The scenic beauty of Virginia and the cool fresh water beats anything. This section of Shoe Creek is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III-V section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Staunton-Waynesboro, as you can see on the road map further down. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside
    this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit
to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is a bit of a short stretch so no need to bring snacks. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The campgrounds here at Shoe Creek are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
There's pleasant hiking along the White Rock Gap Trail, and you're sure to bump into some smiling folks from Montebello
here. Cash Hollow is a glorious place to spend some time at, and the best way to spend a winter day is on the slopes of close by Wintergreen. This river has it all. Don't leave Shoe Creek without first going for a hike along the Tolley Gap Trail. All the water falling down from the sky makes Shoe Creek a wet site. October is the month that gets the most rain, and the driest month of the year is January. At Shoe Creek throughout the summertime months highs are in the 80's while overnight lows are typically in the 60's. Highs all through the winter are typically in the 40's while Shoe Creek overnight low temperatures during the wintertime are in the 10's.

Shoe Creek, North Fork to Piney 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 Shoe Creek.
 Whitewater Near Shoe Creek:
Shoe Creek, Amherst/Nelson County, 1 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (North Fork to Piney)
Piney River, Nelson/Amherst County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Alhambra to Woodson)
Tye River - South Fork, Nelson County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 3.7 miles long (Route 56 to Nash)
Tye River - Upper South Fork, Nelson County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 2 miles long (Montebello to first Route 56 bridge)
Tye River - Upper North Fork, Nelson County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 0.5 miles long (Adrenaline Alley)
Tye River, Nelson County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 15 miles long (Nash to Tye River)
Tye River - North Fork, Nelson County, 6 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Above Nash to Confluence with Tye River)
Irish Creek, Rockbridge County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Irish Creek Mission to South River)
Piney River - South Fork, Amherst County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (First bridge to National Forest boundary.)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
 Ski Areas Near Shoe Creek:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 13 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 41 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 54 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 60 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 70 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 71 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 98 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Shoe Creek:
Cabin Creekwood, Lyndhurst , 10 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Raphine, Raphine , 12 miles away
Hometown Inn Staunton, Staunton , 13 miles away
Days Inn Staunton South, Staunton , 15 miles away
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Shoe Creek:
The Priest Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Montebello, 2 miles away
Crabtree Falls Campgrounds, Tyro, 3 miles away
Camp Blue Ridge, Montebello, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Shoe Creek:
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 5 miles away
White Rock Gap Trail, Augusta , 8 miles away
Cold Spring Bald Mountain Trail, Augusta , 9 miles away
Mills Creek Trail, Augusta , 9 miles away
Kennedy Ridge Trail, Augusta , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Shoe Creek:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 56 miles away
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 65 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Shoe Creek:
Poplar Grove Golf Club, Amherst , 7 miles away
Shadow Ridge Golf Course, Amherst , 13 miles away
Winton Country Club, Amherst , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Shoe Creek
Lake Monocan, Nelson , 17 miles away

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