Maury River - Maps & Access
Map to Maury River Trout Section:Map
Goshen (Rt. 39) to Rockbridge Baths (Rt. 39):Map
Distance: 5 miles
CAUTION: This is not a beginner's trip. This is a trip for kayakers and whitewater enthusiasts. Huge boulders and dangerous rapids abound.
Put in a VDGIF Goshen/Little North Mountain WMA parking area located off Rt. 39. The road to the parking area is not marked, so keep your eyes peeled for a dirt road to your left 1.1 miles south of Rt. 601.
Rt. 39 parallels the river along Goshen Pass, where the infamous "Devil's Kitchen", a 100-yard Class IV stretch of whitewater thrills the most experienced of whitewater paddlers during high water. Many paddlers will run this section just below the picnic area alongside Rt. 39, take out, and run the section again. Several Class II-IV boulder gardens will greet you below Devil's Kitchen. The scenery in this section of the river is spectacular, with rhododendrons clinging to steep cliffs, and unsurpassed cascading water. Even if you don't bring a canoe or a kayak, this stretch can be fished by wading, and during the spring, trout anglers straddle boulder all along the river. Sunbathing and tubing with truck innertubes are popular pastimes in the summer.
There is a picnic area and restrooms about halfway through the trip, with limited parking. Take out on river left behind The Old Country Store next to the post office in Rockbridge Baths on Rt. 39. This is private property, so you must get permission from the storeowner first before you begin your trip. The Old Country Store welcomes canoeists and kayakers, and has plenty of supplies to fortify you on your journey, so be sure to patronize them if you choose to launch or take-out on their property.
Rockbridge Baths (Rt. 39) to Alone Mill (Rt. 622):Map
Distance: 8.6 miles
CAUTION: This is not a beginner's trip. Intermediate paddlers can handle this water, which includes Class II-III rapids, including rock gardens and a few ledges.
Put in on river right just below Rt. 39 bridge off Rt. 602. Wooded farmland, steep cliffs, hemlocks, and call caves dominate this section, and for anglers, smallmouth and sunfish abound. In the summer, the water can get low, and you will have to pull your canoe over the rocks, but the fishing is still good. Take out on river left below the Rt. 622 bridge, but park on river right across the bridge. Be courteous and ask the adjoining landowner about taking out there before you begin your trip.
Alone Mill (Rt. 622) to Bean's Bottom (Rt. 631):Map
Distance: 5.5 miles
This is a great trip for beginners with Class I and II rapids, although in the summer when the water levels drop, there will be lots of canoe pulling over rocks. Put in on river left below the Rt. 622 bridge, but ask adjoining landowner for permission first. Park on river right across the bridge. Take out is on river left above the Rt. 631 (Furrs Mills Road) bridge.
Bean's Bottom (Rt. 631) to Jordan Point Park (Rt. 11):Map
Distance: 2.5 miles
Put in on river left above the Rt. 631 (Furrs Mill Road) bridge. This is a short float, but worth it for anglers. Take out on river right at Jordan Point Park on cement pad 40 feet upstream of 8-foot dam.
Jordan Point Park (Rt. 11) to Ben Salem Wayside or Rt. 60 bridge:Map
Distance: 7.5 miles
This is a suitable trip for beginners. One can also float this section with innertubes, but get ready for a long trip in the summertime when water levels are low. You will encounter the remains of two dams making for some Class I and II water along the way. This is a tranquil, isolated stretch of the river with woodlands along either side. You are bound to see wildlife, particularly wading birds and perhaps some waterfowl. Put in at Jordan Point Park (Old East Lexington Town Park) off Rt. 11. To get to the park, take Rt. 11 south, turn right on Moses Mill Road, where Rt. 11 splits directly over the bridge leading into the town of Lexington. Follow the road into the park. You will need to carry your canoe about 100 yards to the water.
Take out on left on Rt. 60. You will have to carry you canoe up a steep hill to the road. Or you can float another 1.5 miles and take out on river left above Rt. 60 bridge off Rt. 608
Glen Maury Park (Rt. 745) to Locher Landing (Glasgow):Map
Distance: 12 miles
This is a long trip for careful novices. If you plan on fishing, be selective about your stopping points. Otherwise you will find yourself still paddling on the river after dark. Put in at Glen Maury Park off Rt. 745. There are signs to the park from Rt. 60. Take a right off Rt. 60 at Forge Road (Rt. 608). Take a left on Paxton House Drive (Rt. 745), which turns into Deer Haven Drive. Make a left on Maury River Road. The park provides camping facilities and a handicapped-accessible concrete landing for canoes and small boats.
You will encounter Class I and II+ rapids on this trip and the remains of several dams. Take out above the railroad bridge on river right at VDGIF's concrete Locher Landing (Rt. 684) in Glasgow.
Public Boating Access at Maury River
|County/City||Access Area||Barrier Free||Type||Ramps||Latitude||Longitude||Map|
|Rockbridge||Locker Landing||No||Shoreline Access||0||37° 37' 29" N
|79° 26' 40" W
Directions: Town of Glasgow on Rt 130
|Rockbridge||VMI Route 60 Bridge||No||Shoreline Access||0||37° 44' 44" N
|79° 22' 14" W
Directions: West of Bueno Vista off Route 60 (.5)
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