Make a Splash in Rockingham County, VA

From the peaks of the Blue Ridge to the Alleghany Mountains are waterways waiting for exploration. Rockingham County, Virginia covers the entire width of the Shenandoah Valley,  making it the perfect basecamp for paddling and outdoor excursions. 

Take the kids with you as you discover the history and beauty of the Shenandoah Valley by boat! The South Fork of the Shenandoah River runs along the eastern part of the county, and offers unique glimpses of historic homes, bridges, and other structures from Virginia’s past. Learn about the area’s agricultural heritage, as you pass through farmland and rich landscapes on easy flowing waters. The mostly class I rapids make the South Fork a great place to learn the ins and outs of kayaking, and make for a relaxing float. Launch from one of the many boat landings at Port Republic, Island Ford, Elkton, and Shenandoah.

Paddlers of all skill levels will delight in the North River, running from the high mountains in the west, to eventually converge with the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The varying terrain means that both calm waters and rushing rapids can be enjoyed by beginners and experts alike. Experience the lush forests and tall pines of George Washington National Forest, as you wind your way through the valley. Spot wildlife in their natural habitat, and feel the movement of the water like the Native Americans once did, as they heavily relied on this river for transportation. A new boat landing is available for use in the Town of Mt. Crawford!

Need a guide or some gear? Massanutten River Adventures offers daily canoe, kayaking, and tubing trips. For our anglers, Old Dominion Guide and Outdoor Services has you covered with local guided fishing tours. Stock up on all your paddling needs at Appalachian Trail Outfitters in Elkton to ensure you are ready for your water adventures.

For some fun off the water, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail offers access to 17 breweries, all within an hour drive from each other. Cave Hill Farms Brewery, Elkton Brewing Co, and Brewhaha Brewing Co. in particular are all within a 5 minute drive of the South Fork, making for a perfect post-paddle brew. Get out there and explore Rockingham County’s waters and breweries this summer!

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