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Kentucky whitewater, Kentucky River - South Fork

Clay Owsley Lee county, Eriline to Beattyville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     62 miles
  The scenic beauty of Clay/Owsley/Lee County and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Kentucky is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. Kentucky River - South Fork doesn't have a lot of paddling stretches,
    the Eriline to Beattyville stretch is the only one. A section like this is is of course not run in a single day, perfect for a real wilderness adventure. This section of Kentucky River - South Fork in Kentucky is 62 miles
long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. If you're coming from Middlesborough it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location. Whitewater paddling here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great experience. You can pitch a  
tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Kentucky River - South Fork you will meet lots of folks from close by Big Creek. Near Kentucky River - South Fork you stumble on the Redbird Crest Trail which is a tremendous hiking trail; a tour to Buckhorn Lake State Park is a nice idea. This is a really good river. During the days of summer here at Kentucky River - South Fork, high temperatures typically get into the 80's. Summer overnight lows fall down to the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Kentucky River - South Fork.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Kentucky River - South Fork.
 Ski Areas Near Kentucky River - South Fork:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 82 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Hotels Near Kentucky River - South Fork:
Manchester Heritage, Manchester , 10 miles away
Quality Inn Hazard, Hazard , 26 miles away
Super 8 Hazard KY, Hazard , 26 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Hazard, Hazard , 26 miles away
Best Western Wilderness Trail Inn, Barbourville , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kentucky River - South Fork:
Willie Begley Memorial RV Park, Hyden, 5 miles away
Willie Begley Memorial RV Park, Hyden, 12 miles away
Buckhorn, Gays Creek, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Kentucky River - South Fork:
Redbird Crest Trail, Clay , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kentucky River - South Fork:
Buckhorn Lake State Park, Kentucky , 13 miles away
Pine Mountain State Park, Kentucky , 26 miles away
Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kentucky River - South Fork:
Big Hickory Golf Course, Manchester , 12 miles away
Sag Hollow Golf Course, Booneville , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Kentucky River - South Fork
Combs Lake, Clay , 8 miles away
Buckhorn Lake, Perry , 12 miles away

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