Most readers of this newsletter are pretty familiar with the Rappahannock River. But to really know the Rappahannock, it is important to also understand its largest tributary, the Rapidan. Like the Rappahannock and the other major rivers of central Virginia, the Rapidan has its headwaters on the eastern slopes of Shenandoah National Park, just this side of Skyline Drive (a raindrop falling on the western slopes of the Park will, fittingly, end up in the Shenandoah River and eventually the Potomac).
Just before winter 2015-16, Richmond County officials opened Farnham Creek Landing off Route 608, Farnham Creek Road. The existing ramp was in need of serious repair, and with help from a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Small Boating Access Grant, Richmond County officials were able to improve the boat ramp while adding a courtesy pier, appropriate parking and additional signage.
By JoEllen Santulli,
Virginia Outdoor Center
The Rappahannock River is a treasure trove of outdoor adventures. There are great trips for paddlers of all skill levels this spring and summer. If you’re brand new to river adventures, you need to try out one of these day trips first. And if you’ve never done an overnight trip on the Rappahannock, make it happen this summer!