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Virginia whitewater, South River

Waynesboro City Rockingham county, Waynesboro to Lynnwood section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     25 miles
  This stretch of South River in Waynesboro City / Rockingham County is 25 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The scenic beauty of Waynesboro City / Rockingham County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The average Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other
    states, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. Getting a good workout
and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. 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. The river winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains and you get great scenery. The  
put-in location is a reasonable drive from Harrisonburg, as you can see on the road map further down. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
South River is a site with many visitors from Crimora; you can have a great hiking adventure along the Wildcat Ridge Trail. So much amusing stuff in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just astonishing. While staying at South River you could always look at Dorsey Hanger Hollow, and do take a hike on the Rocks Mountain Trail. Lots of fun awaits you along this river.

South River, Waynesboro to Lynnwood 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 South River.
 Whitewater Near South River:
Moormans River, Albemarle County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.5 miles long (Charlottesville Reservoir to Free Union)
South River, Waynesboro City / Rockingham County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Waynesboro to Lynnwood)
Paul's Creek, Nelson County County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Waterslides)
Stoney Creek, Nelson County, 16 miles away
      Class IV - 0.8 miles long (Peggy's Pinch to Route 751)
Buck Mountain Creek, Albermarle County, 17 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Route 610 to South Fork of Rivanna R)
Back Creek - South River Tributary, Augusta County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 9 miles long (Sherando Lake to South River)
Shenandoah River - South Fork, Page/ Rockingham County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 30.5 miles long (Elkton to Luray)
Lynch River, Albermarle County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Shady Grove to North Fork of Rivanna River)
Rockfish River - South Fork, Nelson County, 19 miles away
      Class V - 3.2 miles long (Wintergreen to Beech Grove)
Dry River, Rockingham County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 6 miles long (Lily to North River)
 Ski Areas Near South River:
Massanutten, Virginia , 12 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 17 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 34 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 61 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 61 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 73 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wisp, Maryland , 83 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near South River:
Quality Inn Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 8 miles away
The Iris Inn, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
Super 8 Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WAYNESBORO-ROUTE 340, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
Residence Inn Waynesboro, Waynesboro , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near South River:
Blackrock Hut - Appalachian Trail, Grottoes, 6 miles away
Calf Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Greenwood, 6 miles away
Waynesboro North 340 Campground, Waynesboro, 8 miles away
 Trails Near South River:
Rocks Mountain Trail, Augusta , 2 miles away
Wildcat Ridge Trail, Augusta , 2 miles away
Trayfoot Mountain Trail, Augusta , 3 miles away
Riprap Trail, Augusta , 4 miles away
Turk Mountain Trail, Augusta , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near South River:
Shenandoah National Park, Luray - VA , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near South River:
Waynesboro Country Club, Waynesboro , 9 miles away
Old Trail Golf Club, Crozet , 10 miles away
Mountain Greens Golf Course, Mc Gaheysville , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near South River
Lake Monocan, Nelson , 16 miles away

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