Cub Run, Virginia, US
Route 29 bridge to Compton Road
||I-III (for normal flows)
Cub RunPhoto of Jim Pruitt by Mark DeAgazio taken 2001 @ 1 foot RC
Call this a suburban creek run through a short but pretty gorge rimmed by townhouses. Offers Class
III rapids in the first 1 1/2 miles then eases up. The water is usually brown with urban runoff and
silt from Northern Virginia development. Multiple runs can be made by using an interim takeout at 2
miles. The first few rapids can be scouted by walking down to the creek from the adjacent townhouse
complex on the east side of the creek.
Access the putin by offloading boats on the downstream side of the bridge and parking on the access
road on the northeast side of the Cub Run bridge on Route 29 (watch the No Parking zone) Takeout at
Compton Road bridge. Compton Rd. is reached by going west on Route 29 for one mile and taking the
left turn on Bull Run Post Office Road. Go another 1.1 miles to left on Compton Road. In less than
2 miles you'll come to a bridge over Cub Run. Park on the upstream side across from the water
treatment plant. A longer 3.5 mile run can be had by paddling to the confluence with Bull Run and
then to the Route 28 takeout.
Just below the putin you encounter some Class II water before a steeper boulder garden slalom with
a good entrance at center left. The next drop is a set of two ledges forming a Class III. There is
often wood in one of the slots through these ledges. Run the next drop on the far left. Just below
here a bike path ford marks the end of scoutable rapids and the location of a small creek that
enters on river left. You can carry up the path and run the creek, Big Rocky Run, down for some
short but fun Class III micro stream practice (This little creek will be scrapey until about 3
ft. Note the creek drainage includes a water treatment facility.)
A couple Class II drops lead
to the final rapid, a steep Class II+ slalom course mixed with standing waves.
After that, it's a few gravel bars and some moving water to the takeout.
John Alden says: "A fine surfing wave forms at the confluence of Big Rocky Run....and Cub Run as
the level approaches 3 feet on the Route 29 gauge. It is a steep, fast wave with good eddy access
on river left.
"For multiple runs you can eliminate the shuttle by taking out on river right at the powerline
crossing and carrying back to the pedestal foot bridge and ferrying across to river left. A full
run from Route 29 to the powerline crossing and the hike back to the put-in can be done in thirty
minutes (without scouting)."
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Last Updated: 2005-03-10 18:50:28