Virginia and Washington D.C. Kayaking, Canoeing and Rafting

Where to Paddle in and around Virginia

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The state of Virginia has a diverse range of kayaking and canoeing options within its borders. There’s sea kayaking along Virginia’s coast, whitewater kayaking in the mountains and in the immediate surrounding states, and plenty of recreational paddling and historic canoe trails in this southern state with a Northeastern Feel to it. Given its borders and proximity to Maryland and Washington D.C., Northern Virginia also has a lot of paddling access immediately over the state line in these states. Also, given Virginia’s central location on the east coast, it is a great launch pad to paddling all along the eastern U.S. Here’s some kayaking and canoeing options in the immediate vicinity of this state for lovers. Go Paddle VA!

Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking in Virginia

Virginia has plenty of canoeing and kayaking options for recreational boaters out there and even those needed to rent equipment. There are many bodies of water, well-known paddling trails, and state parks that provide for a leisurely and scenic paddle for people of all abilities. Check out some of the options here.

Sea Kayaking in Virginia

Being right on the ocean, it is no secret that Virginia has convenient sea kayaking right on its shores. Virginia’s Eastern Shore immediately comes to mind when thinking of sea kayaking in Virginia. And of course, there’s a world of paddling to be done on the Chesapeake Bay. Here are some places to check out with regard to sea kayaking in Virginia:

Virginia’s Whitewater Kayaking

Virginia is home to some great whitewater paddling. Many of the rivers are unknown to all but locals due to the seasonal and remote nature of them. Others, such as Great Falls on the Potomac River are well known in the whitewater kayaking community around the country. And of course, there’s the amazing whitewater in just a state away in either Maryland and or the heralded West Virginia whitewater.

Whitewater Rafting in Virginia

Like any good mountain state, Virginia has its share of whitewater and river rafting within its borders. There is also outstanding whitewater rafting opportunities in the neighboring states of Maryland and West Virginia.

Nearby Paddling

Virginia is bordered by five states and is centrally located on the east coast. This uniquely positions the state to access paddling along the east coast. Here are some of those options:

General Canoe, Kayak, and Rafting Information for Virginia

There are clubs, associations, outfitters, rentals, and instruction locations all over the state. Here is some additional information for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting in the state of Virginia: