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Kentucky whitewater, Benson Creek

Shelby Franklin county, Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     3 miles
  The natural beauty of Shelby / Franklin County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This stretch of Benson Creek in Shelby / Franklin County is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II(III) section of whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. No shortage
    of good hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. You might be into whitewater rafting or
kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Frankfort, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can  
be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
This is a popular place for folks from Frankfort. All the water falling down from the sky makes Benson Creek a wet place. May is the wettest month with most rain, and the driest of the months is October. Summertime at Benson Creek comes with high temperatures in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures drop down into the 60's. For the duration of the wintertime this place gets highs in the 30's while Benson Creek nighttime low temperatures through the winter are in the 10's.

Benson Creek, Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Benson Creek.
 Whitewater Near Benson Creek:
Benson Creek, Shelby / Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Benson Falls)
Benson Creek, Anderson / Franklin County, 1 miles away
      Class II - 5.1 miles long (Kentucky 1005 to Kentucky River)
Glenn's Creek, Woodford County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Kentucky 1685 bridge to Distillery Pool)
Elkhorn Creek, Franklin County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 6 miles long (Forks of Elkhorn US460 Bridge to Kentucky1900)
Gilbert Creek, Anderson County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.75 miles long (Gilbert Creek road to Kentucky River)
Shawnee Run, Mercer County, 23 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 4 miles long (Kentucky 1343)
Cedar Branch, Mercer County, 26 miles away
      Class III-IV - 1.5 miles long (Kentucky 342 to Kentucky River)
Jessamine Creek, Jessamine County, 28 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.3 miles long (Frankfort Ford Road To 1268)
Little Kentucky River, Henry/Trimble County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 8.1 miles long (Sulphur to Kentucky 421)
 Ski Areas Near Benson Creek:
Perfect North, Indiana , 51 miles away, 400 foot drop, 10 lifts, 23 runs
 Marinas Near Benson Creek:
Frankfort Boat Club, Frankfort , 3 miles away
Still waters Campground Marina, Frankfort , 7 miles away
Beaver Lake Marina, Lawrenceburg , 14 miles away
Guist Creek Marina Campground, Shelbyville , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Benson Creek:
Days Inn Frankfort, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn Frankfort Ky, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Frankfort , 2 miles away
Capital Plaza Hotel Frankfort, Frankfort , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FRANKFORT, Frankfort , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Benson Creek:
Kentucky River Campgrounds, Frankfort, 5 miles away
Still waters Campground Marina, Frankfort, 7 miles away
Elkhorn Campground, Frankfort, 8 miles away
 Public Lands Near Benson Creek:
Old Fort Harrod State Park, Kentucky , 25 miles away
General Butler State Park, Kentucky , 30 miles away
Lincoln Homestead State Park, Kentucky , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Benson Creek:
Juniper Hills Golf Course, Frankfort , 3 miles away
Duckers Lake Golf Course, Frankfort , 3 miles away
Mulligan's Indoor Golf, Frankfort , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Benson Creek
Beaver Lake, Anderson , 15 miles away
Guist Creek Lake, Shelby , 16 miles away

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