Best Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing in Virginia

This list represents the most popular whitewater kayaking & canoeing in Virginia. Use this list to plan your next Virginia whitewater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. North Fork Mayo River: Henry CR 629 Bridge to Anglin Mill Road (CR 1358)


The North Fork of the Mayo flows through heavily wooded hills after leaving the pasture lands at the beginning of the section. It has more gradient than the upper reaches of the South Fork, thus offer…
From the guidebook "Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas"
Greensboro, VA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.2 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#2. Dan River: Pinnacles Power Plant at Kibler to CR 1761 Bridge (VA 880) at Virginia State Line


The Dan River flows off the crest of the Blue Ridge beneath the Pinnacles of Dan. It is piped down the mountains through the turbines of the City of Danville Power Plant above the community of Kibler.…
From the guidebook "Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas"
Kibler, VA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 106.6 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#3. South Fork Mayo River: Henry CR 695 Bridge to Anglin Mill Road (CR 1358)


The South Fork of the Mayo meanders through woodlands, presenting the paddler with easy riffles, until it confluences with the North Fork. From there down to the takeout, the river drops faster over a…
From the guidebook "Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas"
Greensboro, VA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. New River: Stuart Dam to Access Area on Grayson CR 641


The New begins with the confluence of the North and South Forks. At this point it has already become a fairly wide river although still primarily shallow. From Mouth of Wilson to Stuart Dam, the New i…
From the guidebook "Carolina Whitewater: A Paddler's Guide to the Western Carolinas"
Fox, VA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 37.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press