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Difficulty II-III
Length 7 Miles
Flow Range 6.00 - 12.00 FT
Flow Rate as of: 29 minutes ago 3.82 [FT]
Reach Info Last Updated 04/11/2009 9:28 pm

River Description

Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett

Class II whitewater with one Class III section, "Boulder Ledge Rapids". The classic putin is below Sperryville about a mile down from where the two forks of the Thornton meet.

Portage around the cattle fences at the beginning. It's about a mile down to the Class III rapid. The rest of the run is Class II, with the usual creeky hazards. There is a alternate takeout halfway through the run.

The North Fork of the Thornton can be run in high water conditions. The South Fork also apparently has good stuff, but you end up taking a backyard tour of Sperryville.

The Rock Mills takeout can also be used for short whitewater sections of the Covington andRush. These are smaller streams that require more water.

Rapid Descriptions

Cattle Fences

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Boulder Ledge Rapids

Class - III Mile - 1.25
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Also known as "Prepare to Meet Thy God" rapids because of a small religious sign that used to be on the right bank. What a cool name for a rapid. Scout from left and look downstream for strainers.


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Chris Moyles
14 years ago

Watch for electric fences on either fork above and in Sperryville!

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Matt Muir
17 years ago

Ed Evangelidi testifies:
If you try either fork of the Thornton, especially the South Fork, be sure you are good at catching small eddies in fast water above low-water bridges or wire fences.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Michael Rose


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1191816 04/11/09 Michael Rose n/a