Shenandoah, N. Fork - Riverside Church (Route 921) to Shenandoah Caverns (Route 730)

Shenandoah, N. Fork, Virginia, US


Riverside Church (Route 921) to Shenandoah Caverns (Route 730)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 27.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 10 fpm
Max Gradient 29 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-01632000 3.30 - 6.00 ft I-III 00h38m 3.21 ft (too low)

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett
StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2001-07-24 22:53:44

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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October 31 2012 (2231 days ago)
Justin E AbelDetails
Rt 820 to the confluence with the Little Dry River is a great little run! Ran at 4.3ft. Only
hazards are 2 concrete fords (portage), low bridge (fine today, but will be trouble at 6ft), one
2/3 river wide strainer (sneak on right), and a massive river wide strainer pile extravaganza
(obvious portage). All visible from a distance. I'd advise against taking a complete beginner due
to the small size of the eddies above hazards. An advanced beginner or intermediate paddler would
be fine. Approx. 8 miles.
April 9 2011 (2802 days ago)
Justin E AbelDetails
The 6 mile run from the Rt. 42 bridge in Timberville to the Rt. 617 bridge near New Market is a
great section to introduce beginner/intermediate paddlers to slightly pushier water (with an
emphasis on slightly). The run takes about 2 hours in a white water kayak, I'm sure a canoe would
shorten that quite a bit. About 1.5 miles upstream from the 617 bridge, there is a decent sized
Class III rapid followed by a small wave train. I guess it'd be called "Serpent Castle" rapid
because a hand painted rock sign that reads "Serpent Castle" is displayed on the large 8 foot tall
rock formation on river right just before the rapid (this area also makes a great scout/portage for
those a little nervous about it running it). You'll know the rapid is just ahead when the river
makes a sharp bend to the left and the rock formation comes into view. A word of caution for those
who chose to surf: there is a rock just under the surface in the wave after the main drop. If you
get flipped in the left side of the rapid (facing upstream), odds are pretty good you'll get pushed
right against it. Overall, not a bad little day trip, recommend this one for sure.

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