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The last five miles to camp follow a dirt road whose condition varies with the seasons, maintenance, and recent weather.  Please drive slowly if the road is wet—it may be slippery.  We update the current road condition whenever we have a chance; if you have been to camp more recently than the date in the box below, please email Camp President Tom Jones with an update.

(updated 8/8/2015)
DifficultDifficult

The road is passable by experienced drivers in SUVs and normal-clearance vehicles like Honda cars, but includes rough sections especially from the upper bridge to camp.

These guidelines are not a substitute for good judgment!  Your own skill and experience driving on difficult roads also makes a major difference. Please drive carefully and do not go up to camp if the weather forecast includes a storm that may prevent you from driving back down.


  AWD Sport Utility Vehicles
(Honda CR-V, Ford Explorer)
Ordinary Cars
(Honda Fit, Ford Focus)
Low-Clearance Cars
and rear-wheel drive vehicles in winter conditions
(Ford Mustang, Volkswagen cars, 2WD pickup trucks)
Good
The road is easily driven. You may have to drive carefully in spots, but most parts of the road are easily driven. Drive carefully, and you will probably make it to camp without damage.
Passable
You may have to drive carefully in places, but getting to camp will not be difficult. You will likely have to drive slowly and carefully in places, but will be able to reach camp. You may not be able to reach camp without bottoming out in places.  Slow driving will likely get you to camp, but renting an SUV or other high-clearance vehicle is recommended.
Difficult
You may have to drive carefully in many places, but can likely reach camp.  4-wheel drive is a plus; tire chains may be quite helpful in winter. You may not be able to reach camp without bottoming out in places.  Slow driving will likely get you to camp, but renting an SUV or other high-clearance vehicle is recommended. Driving to camp in this type of vehicle is strongly discouraged.
Extremely Difficult
Access to camp is difficult; 4-wheel-drive is strongly recommended, and tire chains may be needed in winter.  If you have not been to camp before, do not make this your first trip up the road!  Please be extremely careful, if you go at all! Driving to camp in this type of vehicle is strongly discouraged. Driving to camp in this type of vehicle is very likely impossible.
 
For questions about Rapidan Camps, please contact the President and Registrar via email.