Explore the Greater Fredericksburg region by kayak! Fredericksburg and Falmouth are on opposite banks of the Rappahannock River in Stafford County, Virginia. Filled with historical attractions, battlefields, ports and parks, the area is great for discovery. And one of the best ways to discover the joy of the Fredericksburg and Falmouth area is by kayak.
Best Places to Kayak near Fredericksburg & Falmouth, VA
There are a lot of parks in Falmouth and Fredericksburg, Virginia and many places for a thrilling outdoor adventure. Here are our top picks for the best places to get your paddle on in the greater Fredericksburg and Falmouth region.
The Rappahannock River runs across the entire northern part of Virginia for 195 miles. It is the longest free flowing river in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and a thrilling paddle for kayakers with Class I, II and sometimes III rapids. Two sections to check out are the 25-mile stretch between Motts Run Landing to Kelly’s Ford and the much shorter four and a half miles from Motts Run to Fredericksburg.
Steep-sided and deep, Lake Mooney (formerly known as Rocky Pen Run Reservoir) can be found just west of Falmouth, VA. It offers a secluded paddle with moderate residential development along shorelines and abundant submersed brush and rocky outcrops to explore. It is filled from the Rappahannock River and is stocked with fish. You’ll find largemouth bass, channel catfish, sunfish, black crappie and more.
Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area
Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area is a lovely 860-acre oasis, just outside Fredericksburg. It features a nature center, miles of hiking trails, rolling terrain and picnic areas, but the real draw for us is the 160-acre reservoir. Surrounded by untouched nature, it is a haven for canoers and kayakers in the Virginia area offering a peaceful, picturesque paddle.
Widewater State Park
Widewater State Park sits on a peninsula between Aquia Creek and The Potomac River, giving visitors access to both bodies of water as well as fantastic views. Right off 95, it’s a hidden gem for those wishing to escape the chaos of northern Virginia without having to leave it. The river here is deep and notorious for swift and sometimes dangerous currents, which are not suitable for swimming but make for an entertaining paddle. Visitors to the park will also enjoy a visitor center, picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms and hiking trails.
Lake Anna State Park
Lake Anna is one of Virginia’s most popular lakes for fishing, swimming and kayaking. The state park sprawls across more than 3,000 acres with 10 miles of lake frontage to explore. You’ll find a sandy beach, wooded shorelines and an abundance of wildlife. The park also offers camping, picnicking, stunning views, more than15 miles of trails, gold panning and guided tours of the Goodwin Gold Mine.
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