At FOR, we believe the Rappahannock River is a treasure to share so everyone can work to help protect it.

In 2020, we continued to work with partners to increase public access to the river. Our staff celebrated new public access sites and shared some of the more hidden gems throughout the river.

As you dream of warm weather in 2021, consider adding some of these trips to your adventure list:

Fauquier Riverside Preserve

Perfect for hiking, fishing & picnicking
Soon to have a canoe/kayak launch

Wilmont Landing to Voorhees Wildlife Preserve

Approximately 3 hour round trip for boaters
Wetlands & cliffs to explore along the way with hiking trails at the Voorhees Wildlife Preserve.

Deep Creek Water Trail & Belle Isle State Park

About 1.5 hrs from Fredericksburg
Perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing

Hoskins Creek

Tributary of the Rappahannock
Perfect for fishing, bird watching, and all sizes of boats

Kelly’s Ford

Popular Boat Launch
Kelly’s Ford Boat Launch to Motts Run is a 25 mile boat trip (2 days, 1 overnight) 

Port Royal Landing

Soft Launch for Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboards
Great Fishing Pier

Rush River

Take a hike along the Rush River
(a Rappahannock River tributary)
in Rappahannock County Park
Easy- Medium level hiking trails

Sperryville River Walk & Thornton River

Tributary of the Rappahannock
Easy, kid friendly walk along the scenic Thornton River.


What’s a safe level on the middle Rappahannock? This video talks about how to determine if the river is safe enough to paddle or when it might be better to stay on dry land and hike beside it. Always check the river levels before going out.

Here are some other great resources when looking for nearby Rappahannock River adventures!