Everything You Need to Know About Kayaking on the Rappahannock River

This summer when the weather gets nice and hot, why not cool off with an afternoon of Rappahannock River kayaking? With many places to access the river, there’s no shortage of spots to explore with your kayak. If you love nature and being on the water, you will love Rappahannock River kayaking.

In addition to kayaking on the Rappahannock River, we encourage you to check out the long list of activities and attractions in our area. Request your free Vacation Guide to Irvington, VA now! Explore our top recommendations for outdoor recreation, local restaurants, upcoming festivals, and more!

Enjoy a Fun Adventure with Rappahannock River Kayaking

Learn About the River

The Rappahannock River runs across the entire northern part of the state of Virginia for 195 miles. It is known as the longest free-flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay. This historic site boasts Class I and II rapids and some areas with Class III. The area is not only great for kayaking but also canoeing and fishing too.

Know Where to Go

For Class I and II rapids, check out the area between Motts Run Landing and Kelly’s Ford. This 25 mile stretch of the river is a popular area for tourists, especially on the weekends. Because of the length, some visitors will take two days to complete the trek.

Motts Run to Fredericksburg is another area of the river to experience. At only four and a half miles long, it is an easy route for a day trip. Rapid levels will vary here.

The Virginia Outdoor Center in Fredericksburg, VA offers many different trips down the Rappahannock River. One popular tour is the Hole in the Wall. This kayak trip down the river goes for 10 miles and offers experienced kayakers challenging rapids. If you do not have your own equipment, inquire about their rentals when making your reservation. The solo kayak rental includes paddles, life jackets, and a shuttle.

Located in a section in the middle of the river is the Rappahannock River Water Trail. This section is being developed in 2018 and will offer paddling trips between Kelly’s Ford and the Fredericksburg City Docks. If you do choose to paddle in this area, be cautious of the rocks and trees along the side and the changing rapids. These can be dangerous if you are inexperienced or not prepared.

Start Planning Your Getaway to the Hope and Glory Inn

View of bedroom in Garden Cottage 4 at Hope and Glory Inn

After you’ve spent a day experiencing Rappahannock River kayaking, you’ll need a relaxing place to rest for the evening. Our beautiful Chesapeake Bay bed and breakfast, the Hope and Glory Inn, is the perfect place to unwind and recharge. We offer both suites and cottages for our guests with a gourmet breakfast served each morning. When booking your reservation, be sure to ask us about a stay in Garden Cottage 4. This charming one bedroom cottage features a king size bed and spacious living room.

While you’re staying with us you will definitely want to take some time to meander on down to the Dog and Oyster Vineyard. The Dog and Oyster Vineyard is just a short walk or bike ride from the Inn. It was voted on Virginia’s 10 Best lists and it is easy to see why. They are home to 6 acres of vines and award-winning red and white wines. They are open every day from April to October.

Come and experience the beauty of the Rappahannock River. Check our availability and book your stay now! We look forward to hosting you at The Hope and Glory Inn!

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Stay & Dine

Book between now & May 31 two nights (Thursday-Sunday) this Summer along with a dinner reservation for 2 in our fine dining restaurant The Colonnade and receive a $50 credit to your folio upon check out!