Virginia

River County Reach Length (miles) Description Potential Classification ORVs Watershed (HUC Code 8) Year Listed/ Updated Other State
Appomattox River Prince Edward, Cumberland, Buckingham, Appomattox Headwaters to Farmville 47 Wild-(Longest, largest, least developed river in the Piedmont upland section.) Historic-(Flows through the Appomattox Court House National Historic Park.) Historic, Other Appomattox 1982
Appomattox River Amelia, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Cumberland Farmville to Lake Chesdin 75 Wild-(Longest, largest, least developed river in the Piedmont Upland Section.) Historic-(Wigwam National Historic Register Site.) Historic, Other Appomattox 1982
Back Creek Bath, Highland Headwaters to confluence with the Jackson River 42 Geologic-(Segment contains Mountain Gorge, 5 1/2 miles long with an average gradient of 50 feet per mile, and vertical walls of 1000 feet.) Cultural-(Segment is in proximity to the ruins of Mount Torrey Furnace which produced iron in the 1880's.) Cultural, Geologic Upper James 1982
Big Otter River Bedford Headwaters to North Otter Creek 10 Hydrologic-(One of the last sparsely developed representative free-flowing rivers in the section.) Other Upper Roanoke 1982
Big Otter River Bedford, Campbell North Otter Creek to mouth at Roanoke River 31 Geologic-(300' cliffs north of confluence with Roanoke. Significant topographic diversity and variation for entire length of segment.) Botanic-(Rare, virgin tract of hemlock-dominated relict forest north of route 29.) Geologic, Other Upper Roanoke 1982
Big Reed Island Creek Carroll, Pulaski Headwaters to mouth at New River 58 Geologic-(The last significant medium order river in this section with representative topographical features which is largely undeveloped.) Scenic-(A regionally unique juxtaposition and combination of stream channel diversity, significant topography and forest cover which provide a full range of land and water environments and spatial experience.) Geologic, Scenic Upper New 1982
Blackwater River Prince George, Southampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, Surry Headwaters to Franklin 70 Botanic-(Rare bog plants, extensive stands of cypress, northern and southern vegetation relicts. Also near Virgin Cypress-Gum Swamp presently adjacent near Dendron.) Other Blackwater 1982
Blackwater River Southampton, Nansemond George Bend to confluence with Nottoway and Chowan Rivers 8 Botanic-(Part of 10,000 acres of bogs and pine barrens with rare plants including northern and southern relicts.) Other Blackwater 1982
Brush Creek Montgomery, Floyd Headwaters (above Hoffville) to confluence with the Little River 15 Hydrologic-(The longest relatively undeveloped, free-flowing river within the section.) Other Upper New 1982
Bull Run Prince William, Fairfax Route 659 to west of Route 66 6 HHistoric-(Site of Manassas National Battlefield Park and stone bridge across the creek where in 1861 and 1862, the Battles of Bull Run were fought for control of Manassas Junction and its rail lines.) Historic Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan 1982
Bullpasture River Bath, Highland Headwaters to confluence with the Cowpasture at Williamsville 26 Hydrologic-(The Cow and Bull Pasture River system is one of the largest unpolluted, unspoiled, and undisturbed river systems in the region.) Historic-(Segment includes numerous sites of historic significance. Some of these include Fort Lewis near Williamsville, old log cabins and log barns, paved road fords or underwater bridges.) Scenic-(The Bullpasture River is known as one of the most scenic tributaries in the James River Watershed and Bullpasture Gorge is noted as one of the most scenic in Virginia.) Recreation-(Segment's Bullpasture Gorge possesses Class 4 and 5 rapids and has an average gradient of 45 feet per mile. It also contains native brook trout in its headwaters and a state trout hatchery.) Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper James 1982
Catoctin Creek Loudoun Confluence with South Fork Catoctin Creek to confluence with the Potomac River 14 Historic-(Segment contains the Catocin Creek Bridge (c.1900), one of the diminishing number of Pratt iron truss bridges once common to the area; a National Historic Register site on Route 673 near the town of Waterford. The segment passes through the Waterford and Taylorstown Historic Districts, both having National and Virginia Historic Register Status. The segment possesses two of the three remaining 18th Century grist mills in Loudon County.) Historic, Recreational Middle Potomac-Catoctin 1982
Catoctin Creek, South Fork Loudoun Waterford to confluence with Catoctin Creek 2 Historic-(Segment contains the Catocin Creek Bridge (c.1900), one of the diminishing number of Pratt iron truss bridges once common to the area; a National Historic Register site on Route 673 near the town of Waterford. The segment passes through the Waterford and Taylorstown Historic Districts, both having National and Virginia Historic Register Status. The segment possesses two of the three remaining 18th Century grist mills in Loudon County.) Historic, Recreational Middle Potomac-Catoctin 1982
Cedar Creek Shenandoah, Frederick Headwaters to route 628 bridge 27 Historic-(Segment includes the Cedar Creek Battlefield and Belle Grove mansion, both National Historic Register Sites and the locations of the Union victory which insured final control of the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War.) Recreation-(Considered to be the most popular whitewater stream in Virginia and one of the most popular in the region.) Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Recreational North Fork Shenandoah 1982
Chickahominy River Henrico, Hanover, New Kent, Charles City Route 360 to Providence Forge 30 Botanic-(Well developed cypress-gum swamp forest and bottomland hardwood forest which includes 3 rare, endemic and possibly endangered plants.) Recreation-(Unique proximity to a high concentration of urban population in Richmond.) Recreational, Other Lower James 1982
Chickahominy River James City, Charles City, Kent Providence Forge to confluence with James River 34 Botanic-(An extensive, well developed cypress-gum swamp forest and bottomland hardwood forest which includes three rare, endemic and possibly endangered species of plants.) Geologic-(Extreme topographic diversity including cliffs up to 100 feet high at Fish Hole Landing.) Geologic, Other Lower James 1982
Clinch River Russell Blackford to Nash Ford at Rt 645/ New Garden Road 17 Hydrologic-(One of the last 3 remaining undeveloped, medium order rivers in the section.) Other Upper Clinch, Tennessee, Virginia 1982
Coan River Northumberland Headwaters to confluence with the Potomac River 7 Hydrologic-(One of the largest (in CFS) free-flowing, sparsely developed, high order rivers in the northeast.) Other Lower Potomac 1982
Covington River Rappahannock Smedley to confluence with Rush River 7 Recreation-(Segment is noted for including some of the biggest rapids and more of them than any small stream in Northern Virginia. The difficulty rating ranges from Class 2-4 with an average gradient of 34 feet per mile.) Recreational Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Cowpasture River Allegheny, Bath, Highland Headwaters to Nicelytown 75 Hydrologic-(The Cow and Bull Pasture River system is one of the largest unpolluted, unspoiled, and undisturbed river systems in the region.) Historic-(Segment includes numerous sites of historic significance. Some of these include Fort Lewis near Williamsville, old log cabins and log barns, paved road fords or underwater bridges.) Scenic-(The Bullpasture River is known as one of the most scenic tributaries in the James River Watershed and Bullpasture Gorge is noted as one of the most scenic in Virginia.) Recreation-(Segment's Bullpasture Gorge possesses Class 4 and 5 rapids and has an average gradient of 45 feet per mile. It also contains native brook trout in its headwaters and a state trout hatchery.) Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper James 1982
Craig Creek Botetourt, Craig, Montgomery Headwaters in the Jefferson National Forest to confluence with the James River 84 Historic-(Segment includes the Phoenix Bridge crossing, a National Historic Register Site in the vicinity of Eagle Rock. The bridge was built in 1887 and is a notable example of pre-fabricated bridges by one of the most important manufacturers, the Phoenix Bridge Company.) Recreation-(Segment is recognized as a clean, clear, free-flowing mountain stream in close proximity to the large public land holdings of the Jefferson National Forest and the City of Roanoke.) Cultural-(Segment corridor includes Mulberry Bottom, a locally significant historic dwelling dating from 1786.) Geologic-(Segment includes a classic example of an anticline, an arch of stratified rock in which layers bend downward in opposite directions from the crest.) Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Recreational Upper James 1982
Cub Creek Charlotte Headwaters to Roanoke River 23 Historic-(Segment includes the Green Hill National Historic Register Site.) Geologic-(Within the river is the Long Island, the size of which is unique to the section.) Geologic, Historic Middle Roanoke 1982
Dan River Patrick Meadows of Dan to Big Bend of Dan 11 Recreation-(Segment contains some of the best trout fishing in Virginia and one of a few streams that support trout from year to year.) Geologic-(Segment includes a 7 1/2 mile long gorge in which the river's elevation drops 1200 feet, and the Pinnacles of Dan, a unique regional landmark and a candidate for the Natural Landmark program. The Pinnacles are steep rocky peaks which are covered by forests except for small outcroppings near the top.) Geologic, Recreational Upper Dan 1982
Dan River Patrick Townes Dam to North Carolina/Virginia state border 18 Scenic-(Segment is noteworthy for its interprovince descent from the more rugged and intimate landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the more visually and culturally diverse piedmont region. The segment passes through the Kibler Valley, one of the most scenic and diverse valleys in Virginia.) Ecologic-(Segment includes a possible critical habitat of the endangered Orange fin Mad tom.) Scenic, Other Upper Dan 1982
Dan River Halifax, Pittsylvania North Carolina State line near MIlton, NC to South Boston 27 Recreation-(Segment is accessible to the nationally significant and registered Danville Historic District and within the proximity of the population centers of Danville and Martinsville, Virginia, and Greensboro and Winston-Salmem, North Carolina.) Recreational Upper Dan 1982
Deep Creek Amelia, Nottoway Headwaters to Appomattox River 30 Wild-(Corridor is nearly completely undeveloped.) Other Appomattox 1982
Dragon Swamp River King & Queen, Middlesex, Gloucester, Essex Powcan to Piankatank River 36 Botanic-(A wild freshwater Cypress-Gum swamp forest.) Historic-(Deer Chase is a nearby National Historic Register Site.) Historic, Other Great Wicomico-Piankatank 1982
Falling River Campbell, Appomattox Headwaters near Spout Springs to confluence with Roanoke River 36 Historic-(Segment includes the Green Hill National Historic Register Site.) Geologic-(Within the river is the Long Island, the size of which is unique to the section.) Geologic, Historic Middle Roanoke 1982
Glebe Creek Northumberland Headwaters to confluence with the Potomac River 4 Scenic-Scenic portions of the river appear similar to that in George Washington's time. Recreation-Following cleanup of Washington, D.C. pollution, boating opportunity has rebounded. Geologic-Cliffs (near Purse State Park for example) expose fossil-bearing strata. Fish-Recreational fishing has improved in recent years. Historic-Historic sites are scattered along the river. Cultural-Archaeological sites are known to be in various shore-line areas. Other Lower Potomac 1982
Goose Creek Loudoun, Fauquier Headwaters to Evergreen Mills 43 Historic-(Several National Historic Register Sites within and adjacent to the corridor.) Historic Middle Potomac-Catoctin 1982
Goose Creek Loudoun Evergreen Mills to Goose Creek Dam 6 Historic-(Several National Historic Register sites within and adjacent to the corridor including: Goose Creek Stone Bridge (c.1820)- an example of demiconical stone buttresses and segmental arched spans- originally part of Ashley's Gap Turnpike; Goose Creek Meetinghouse Complex (18-19th c.)- symbolizes the continuity of the Quaker tradition in northern Virginia. The complex contains the State's 2nd oldest Friends meeting house and the county's oldest public school.) Recreation-(National area within close proximity to highly populated regions such as northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.) Cultural-(Remnants of canal sites and locks from Goose Creek and Little River Navigation Company (1832) are located within the corridor.) Cultural, Historic, Recreational Middle Potomac-Catoctin 1982
Great Wicomico River Northumberland Crabbie Mill near the confluence with Crabbie Mill Stream to confluence with the Chesapeake (Ingram Bay) 13 Fish, Recreational, Wildlife, Other Great Wicomico-Piankatank 1982
Hardware River Fluvanna, Albermarle Confluence with South Fork of the Hardware River to confluence with the James River 23 Recreation-(South Fork's headwaters are unique because it is one of the smallest canoeing streams in the area yet has the most significant rapid of any stream in the State-- 40+ foot drop in 400 yards-- and is rated as a Class 5 stream.) Recreational Middle James-Buffalo 1982
Hardware River Fluvanna, Albermarle Headwaters to confluence with the Hardware River 19 Recreation-(South Fork's headwaters are unique because it is one of the smallest canoeing streams in the area yet has the most significant rapid of any stream in the State-- 40+ foot drop in 400 yards-- and is rated as a Class 5 stream.) Recreational Middle James-Buffalo 1982
Hazel River Fauquier, Culpeper, Rappahannock Headwaters to confluence with Rapidan River 48 Historic-(Rapidian Dam Canal of the Rappahannock Navigation system is a linear National Historic Register site within the corridor.) Geologic-(Rare, significant topographical variation including cliffs over 200' high.) Recreation-(Possesses the largest and most diverse amount of flow gradient in the area. Unspoiled undeveloped stream readily accessible to large urban populations. Offers excellent small mouth bass fishing.) Historic-(Segment includes numerous site remains of locks and dams from canal days.) Geologic, Historic, Recreational Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Holston River, South Fork Washington Loves Mill to above Holston Lake 21 Hydrologic-(One of the last 3 remaining undeveloped, medium order rivers in the section.) Other South Fork Holston 1982
Jackson River Highland, Bath From headwaters to State Route 623 (Poor Farm Road) 25 Wild-(Segment still exhibits a true wilderness environment.) Hydrologic-(Segment is in close proximity to Falling Springs Creek waterfall which cascades over 22 feet.) Recreation-(Segment is within a highly scenic natural area near an estimated 400,000 people. Segment is in close proximity to the popular hot spring resorts above the valley floor.) Geologic-(Segment possesses numerous gorges; Richardson, Hidden Valley, Big, Little Mountain, which are of significant geologic interest. Richardson Gorge is most noted for its 700 foot vertical walls.) Cultural, Geologic, Recreational, Other Upper James 1982
Jackson River Bath State Route 623 (Poor Farm Road) to Hidden Valley, Southern Boundary 9 Nearly continuous forest cover with a few open fields. Flats adjacent to river with some steep slide slopes for visual variety. Historic Warwick Mansion and prehistoric rock shelter. Scenic Cultural, Historic, Scenic Upper James 1982/ 1993
Jackson River Bath Hidden Valley to McClintic Bridge 8 Ranges from small to medium in size with some large pools and boulders. Richardson Gorge shows outstanding geologic formations. Scenic Geologic, Scenic Upper James 1982/ 1993
Jackson River Bath Gathright Dam to Clearwater Park 13 Contains wide variety of recreational facilities. Potential for outstanding trout stream. Recreational Fish, Recreational Upper James 1982/ 1993
James River Buckingham, Flovanna, Albermarle, Nelson Gladstone railroad yard to Big Island 48 Geologic-(Cliff-like valley walls over 300' high adjacent to river. 78% of segment possesses significant islands the occurrence and distribution of which is unique to the section, province and region.) Scenic-(Significant and diverse juxtaposition and combination of land, land uses, water and vegetative elements.) Hydrologic-(A unique, high order, undeveloped river.) Historic-(River-related National Historic Register Sites at Bremo and Midway Mill.) Botanic-(An extremely rare arbor vitae, disjunct-relict community growing on calcareous bluffs at the confluence of the James and Tye Rivers. Site has the only known population of Arbor vitae in either the oak-pine forest or the southeastern evergreen forest regions.) Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Other Upper James 1982
James River Henrico, Chesterfield, Goochland, Powhatan, Cumberland, Flovanna, Buckingham Bremo Bluff to above Bosher Dam near Richmond 57 Historic-(Segment includes numerous sites of historical significance. National Historic Register sites include Bremo Bluff Plantation, Muddy Creek Mill at Tamworth, Cartersville Bridge and Amphill Farm at Cartersville. Additional historic structures include Hardware Aqueduct, Rockfish Aqueduct, and numerous lock and canal structures of the James River and Kanawha Canal Navigation Company.) Recreation-(Numerous state fishery programs are located within the corridor and the James is noted for its smallmouth bass fishing.) Historic, Recreational Upper James 1982
James River York, Isle of Wight, Surry, James City, Charles City, Prince George Hopewell to Morgarts Beach 57 Historic-(One of the most significant historic, relatively undeveloped rivers in the entire northeast region. Within or adjacent to the corridor are 4 National Historic Register Sites and one National Historic Park.) Historic Upper James 1982
James River Botetourt Eagle Rock to west of Buchanan 21 Hydrologic-(A unique segment of a sparsely developed, high order river.) Historic-(Segment possesses James River and Kanawha Canal structures and dams which date from the late 18th century, and aided both shipping and navigation from the upper reaches to the Chesapeake bay.) Historic, Other Upper James 1982
James River Rockbridge, Botetourt East of Buchanan to east of Glassgow 21 Hydrologic-(A unique segment of a sparsely developed, high order river.) Historic-(Segment possesses numerous James River and Kanawha Canal structures dating from the late 18th century.) Geologic, Historic, Other Upper James 1982
Laurel River Carroll North of Jackson Knob to cofluence with Big Reed Island Creek 3 Geologic-(The last significant medium order river in this section with representative topographical features which is largely undeveloped.) Scenic-(A regionally unique juxtaposition and combination of stream channel diversity, significant topography and forest cover which provide a full range of land and water environments and spatial experience.) Geologic, Scenic Upper New 1982
Little River Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd Headwaters to mouth at New River 79 Hydrologic-(The longest relatively undeveloped, free-flowing river within the section.) Other Upper New 1982
Mattaponi River King William, King & Queen From Walkerton to Muddy Point two miles north of confluence with York River 24 Botanic-(Rare, endemic and possibly endangered plants present.) Other Pamunkey 1982
Maury River Rockbridge Mouths of the Calfpasture and Little Calfpasture to 2 miles north of Buena Vista 28 Geologic-(Segment includes Goshen Pass, a geologically unique and scenic high mountain Appalachian canyon.) Botanic-(Goshen Pass possesses an undisturbed biological community of a typical oak-chestnut forest and is currently listed as a potential National Natural Landmark.) Historic-(Segment contains the only existing remains of a cub dam on the river at Savernake. This is a remnant from the James River and Kanawha Canal navigation system.) Recreation-(Segment of river in the proximity of Goshen Pass is noted to be the most exciting and most scenic whitewater river in Virginia. The rapids range from Class 3 to 5 and some drop 25 feet in less than 200 feet.) Cultural-(The river's original name was the North, but was renamed in 1873 for Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury, the father of oceanography.) Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Other, Recreational Maury 1982
Meherrin River Greenville, Brunswick, Macklenburg, Lunenburg Route 1 to Emporia 40 Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watersheds are essentially undeveloped.) Other Meherrin 1982
North Anna River Caroline, Hanover, Spotsylvania Lake Anna to 1.5 miles above Morris Bridge 27 Historic-(Numerous historic mill sites and ruins, Civil War Battlefields and breastworks, and Indian artifact sites are located within the corridor.) Recreation-(One of the most popular whitewater canoe runs in Virginia. Segment includes a diversity of gradients including Fallsline Run, a Class 4 segment. Unique proximity to urban populations in Richmond and Fredericksburg. A noted smallmouth bass fishing river.) Historic, Recreational Pamunkey 1982
North Anna River Caroline, Hanover Morris Bridge to confluenc with Pamunkey River and South Anna River 5 Historic-(Numerous historic mill sites and ruins, Civil War Battlefields and breastworks, and Indian artifact sites are located within the corridor.) Recreation-(One of the most popular whitewater canoe runs in Virginia. Segment includes a diversity of gradients including Fallsline Run, a Class 4 segment. Unique proximity to urban populations in Richmond and Fredericksburg. A noted smallmouth bass fishing river.) Historic, Recreational Pamunkey 1982
North River Augusta North River Campground to Camp May Flather 5 Shallow with small pools and during high water contains sections of white water. Gorge contains several cliffs and rock formations. Heavily hiked and used for canoeing and kayaking during high water. Scenic Geologic, Recreational, Scenic South Fork Shenandoah 1993
Northwest River Norfolk Headwaters at Cornland to Virginia/North Carolina State line 16 Ecologic-(The last remaining complete and representative example of a free flowing, undeveloped river within the Great Dismal Swamp area. The Swamp is a National Natural Landmark.) Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed is essentially undeveloped.) Other Albemarle 1982
Nottoway River Sussex, Greenville, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, Nottoway Nottoway Reservoir to Fort Nottoway 44 Wild-(Corridor and surrounding watershed area is largely undeveloped.) Other Nottoway 1982
Nottoway River Southampton, Sussex Fort Nottoway to North Carolina border 81 Botanic-(5 to 10,000 acres of cypress forest; longest river swamp in the entire northeast region. Corridor and surrounding area include significant amounts of cypress.) Other Nottoway 1982
Pamunkey River King William, New Kent Liberty Hall (Cemetary) to Herrick Creek 33 Botanic-(One endemic plant present.) Other Pamunkey 1982
Passage Creek Shenandoah Headwaters to confluence with the North Fork of the Shenandoah 39 Geologic-(Segment drains Fort Valley of the Massanutten Mountains, a recognized geological phenomenon, and includes the Massanutten Gorge.) Recreation-(Segment is a unique native trout stream habitat and includes a state fish hatchery.) Historic-(Segment includes the site and ruins of Elizabeth's Furnace which has historical significance from both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.) Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Recreational North Fork Shenandoah 1982
Poropotank River King and Queen, Gloucester Headwaters to confluence with the York River 16 Hydrologic-(An unique segment of sparsely developed, high order tidal river.) Other York 1982
Powell River Lee U.S. Rt. 58 in Dryden to Tennessee border 53 Powell 1982
Rapidan River Madison Headwaters to Graves Mill at confluence with Kinsey Run 8 Recreation-(A unique and significant wild brook trout fishery.) Hydrologic-(One of the last remaining undeveloped, low order rivers in this section.) Recreational, Other Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Rapidan River Spotsylvania, Orange, Culpeper North of Indian Town to mouth at Rappahannock River 17 Historic-(Rapidian Dam Canal of the Rappahannock Navigation system is a linear National Historic Register site within the corridor.) Geologic-(Rare, significant topographical variation including cliffs over 200' high.) Recreation-(Possesses the largest and most diverse amount of flow gradient in the area. Unspoiled undeveloped stream readily accessible to large urban populations. Offers excellent small mouth bass fishing.) Historic-(Segment includes numerous site remains of locks and dams from canal days.) Geologic, Historic, Recreational Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Rappahannock River Spotsylvania, Stafford, Culpeper, Fauquier One mile upstream from Rt. 620 (Edward Shop Road) to I-95 near Fredericksburg, VA 29 Historic-(Rapidian Dam Canal of the Rappahannock Navigation system is a linear National Historic Register site within the corridor.) Geologic-(Rare, significant topographical variation including cliffs over 200' high.) Recreation-(Possesses the largest and most diverse amount of flow gradient in the area. Unspoiled undeveloped stream readily accessible to large urban populations. Offers excellent small mouth bass fishing.) Historic-(Segment includes numerous site remains of locks and dams from canal days.) Geologic, Historic, Recreational Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Rappahannock River Essex, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George, Caroline Confluence with Snow Creek to Tappahannock 60 Hydrologic-(An extended segment of a sparsely developed, high order tidal river.) Botanic-(Unique 100' cliffs at Fones Cliffs, Owl Hollow, Moons Monument Wharf.) Historic-(National Historic District at Port Royal and Tappahannock.) Geologic, Historic, Other Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Rivanna River Fluvanna, Albermarle From East of Milton Road and oen mile south of milton to confluence with the James River 31 Botanic-(An excellent representative example of a Piedmont Upland Hardwood Forest and Upland Pine Forest is within the corridor. Other Rivanna 1982
Roanoke River Charlotte, Halifax, Campbell, Pittsylvania Altavista to John H. Kerr Reservoir 77 Historic-(Segment includes the Green Hill National Historic Register Site.) Geologic-(Within the river is the Long Island, the size of which is unique to the section.) Geologic, Historic Middle Roanoke 1982
Robinson River Culpeper, Madison Route 670 bridge (Old Blue Ridge Turnpike) to confluence with the Rapidan River 24 Recreation-(Segment includes a variety of flow gradients including Class 3 rapids with numerous 2 to 3 foot ledges.) Historic-(Segment was in proximity of, and of strategic importance to, the Civil War battles of Cedar Mountain and the ensuing second battle at Manassas Junction.) Historic, Recreational Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Rock Creek District of Columbia Maryland border to Porter Street crossing. 6 Recreation-(Segment is a part of a designated National Recreation Area, and one of the largest urban parks in the world, with high concentrations of urban populations in the Washington Metropolitan area.) Historic-(Segment borders the National Zoological Park, a National Historic Register site planned by Frederick Law Olmstead and including a variety of significant 19th and 20th century buildings in a natural setting.) Historic, Recreational Middle Potomac-Anacostia-Occoquan 1982
Rucker Run Nelson 3 miles north of Canada Gap to confluence with the Tye River 6 Geologic-(Unique water gap landform.) Geologic Middle James-Buffalo 1982
Rush River Rappahannock Headwaters near Gravel Springs Gap to Rock Mills 13 Recreation-(Segment is noted as one of the more challenging whitewater canoe streams in the state. Its flow is very fast, rapids are rated at Class 2-4, and its average gradient is 32 feet per mile.) Recreational Rapidan-Upper Rappahannock 1982
Russell Fork Dickenson, Buchanan Headwaters to Haysi 25 Scenic-(Segment offers a variety and diversity of views related to the juxtaposition of land, land use, vegetation and stream channel variation.) Scenic Upper Levisa 1982
Russell Fork Dickenson, Buchanan White Branch to Kentucky-Virginia line 7 Geologic-(Segment is within the largest and most characteristic part of the Cumberland Mts.- a great fault block. A structural feature of secondary importance is a north-south fault on the line between Pine Gay and Cumberland Gap, the latter being where the 3 states of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee come together.) Recreation-(An outstanding and dangerous segment of whitewater starting prior to White Creek and continuing to Elkhorn City, Kentucky.) Geologic, Recreational Upper Levisa 1982
Shenandoah River, North Fork Shenandoah Edinburg to Route 648 (Sandy Hook Road) at Strasburg 47 Cultural-(The Shenandoah Valley of the North Fork was the primary valley and corridor for settlement throughout the colonial period. There are numerous historic and battle sites.) Geologic-(Segment includes a section known as the Seven Bends of the North Fork--seven major loops in which the river reverses its direction. This segment has been classified as one of the most meandering of any river in the United States.) Cultural, Geologic, Historic, Recreational North Fork Shenandoah 1982
Shenandoah River, South Fork Page, Warren From Route 675 Bridge below Springfield to Route 677 Bridge above Front Royal 43 Fishing, canoeing, tubing, swimming, and some hunting. Top quality smallmouth bass population. Catfish and sunfish. Several archeological sites. Historic use for carrying farm products. Historic-The South Fork is considered to be one of the most significant rivers in the United States. The corridor includes sites of colonial forts, battles and wars, mills, factories, furnaces and mines, National Historic Register sites located at Port Republic, and active archeological digs at Front Royal. Scenic-The segment's eastern border is within the viewshed of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the river corridor meanders along the narrow valley floor in its numerous and classical S-shaped bends. Recreational Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic South Fork Shenandoah 1982/ 1995
Slate River Buckingham Headwaters to confluence with the James River 49 Geologic-(A portion of the rare definitive belt of monadnocks of which the eastern limit is an important zone of faulting.) Geologic Middle James-Buffalo 1982
South Anna River Hanover South of Gouldin to confluence with North Anna River 29 Historic-(Numerous historic mill sites and ruins, Civil War battlefields and breastworks, and Indian artifact sites are located within the corridor.) Recreation-(Unique proximity to urban population in Richmond and Fredericksburg. A noted small-mouth bass fishing river.) Historic, Recreational Pamunkey 1982
South Anna River Hanover, Louisa, Orange Route 15 crossing to Gouldin 66 Historic-(The corridor includes numerous still sites and ruins.) Historic, Recreational Pamunkey 1982
South Fork Tye River Nelson Montebello to confluence with Tye River 5 Geologic-(An excellent and representative example of a low order river within open low mountains.) Geologic Middle James-Buffalo 1982
South River Rockbridge, Augusta Confluence with St. Mary's River to Emory Church 2 Hydrologic-(An excellent example of an undeveloped low order river within an open low mountain area.) Wild-(One of the few remaining completely undeveloped river segments within this section.) Other Maury 1982
St. Mary's River Rockbridge, Augusta Headwaters to confluence with South River 8 Hydrologic-(An excellent example of an undeveloped low order river within an open low mountain area.) Wild-(One of the few remaining completely undeveloped river segments within this section.) Other Maury 1982
Tye River Nelson From 12 river miles upstream from the James River sown to mouth at the James River 12 Botanic-(Rare, virgin tract of hemlock-dominated relict forest.) Other Middle James-Buffalo 1982
Tye River Nelson Confluence with South Fork Tye River to Tyro 4 Geologic-(An excellent and representative example of a low order river within open low mountains.) Geologic Middle James-Buffalo 1982
Ware Creek New Kent, James City Richardson Millpond to confluence with the York River 6 Hydrologic-(An unique segment of sparsely developed, high order tidal river.) Other York 1982
Willis River Cumberland, Buckingham Headwaters (Appomattox State Forest) to confluence with the James River 62 Historic-(Segment was part of the James River navigation system, but its locks were not the usual type. Instead flash locks were used and there are still a few signs of these, especially in the vicinity of Burdsville and Cava.) Historic Middle James-Willis 1982
Yarmouth Creek James City Heawaters to confluence with Chickahominy River 9 Botanic-(Well developed cypress-gum swamp forest and bottomland hardwood forest which includes 3 rare, endemic and possibly endangered plants.) Recreation-(Unique proximity to a high concentration of urban population in Richmond.) Geologic, Other Lower James 1982
York River James City, Gloucester Plum Point to Almondsville 12 Hydrologic-(An unique segment of sparsely developed, high order tidal river.) Other York 1982

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