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Kentucky whitewater, Cumberland River - Poor Fork

Harlan county, Cumberland to Harlan section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     23.5 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Middlesborough, as you can see on the road map further down. The scenic beauty of Harlan County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The Cumberland to Harlan stretch of Cumberland River - Poor Fork is 23.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality
    time in nature will make you glad you came. There are some good hotels near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both,
doesn't matter, there are not so many other good spots for that around here. The wild scenery of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is great. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Cumberland to Harlan section is one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. There's camping available  
near Cumberland River - Poor Fork. You can enjoy this stretch more if you take your time, so why not pack your camp stove too.

Briefly about the general area:
A tour to Kingdom Come State Park when you're here at Cumberland River - Poor Fork is never a bad idea, and Clover Gap is in the vicinity, and is a magnificent location. If you want a magnificent time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. This is a popular spot for folks from Lejunior; if the weather is tremendous, you can go for a hike along the Daniel Boone Trail. Coming to this river is always a good idea.

Cumberland River - Poor Fork, Cumberland to Harlan 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 Cumberland River - Poor Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Cumberland River - Poor Fork, Harlan County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (Cumberland to Harlan)
Powell River, Lee County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Route 603 bridge to Pennington Gap)
Powell River, Wise/ Lee County, 26 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Big Stone Gap to Dryden)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 29 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 72 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 100 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Holiday Inn Express HARLAN, Harlan , 4 miles away
Comfort Inn Harlan, Harlan , 12 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Hazard, Hazard , 21 miles away
Quality Inn Hazard, Hazard , 21 miles away
Super 8 Hazard KY, Hazard , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Bailey's Creek Trailhead, Lejunior, 3 miles away
North Evarts RV Park, Evarts, 3 miles away
Harlan County Campground and RV Park, Harlan, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Daniel Boone Trail, Lee , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 13 miles away
Buckhorn Lake State Park, Kentucky , 29 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cumberland River - Poor Fork:
Lee County Rec Center, Jonesville , 13 miles away
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Cumberland , 13 miles away

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