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Kentucky whitewater, Rockcastle River

Laurel Pulaski county, Kentucky 80 to Bee Rock Boat Ramp section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+(IV)     16 miles
  This section of Rockcastle River is 16 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II+(IV) section of whitewater. The put-in location is a short drive from London, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Kentucky are often more forgiving than in other states, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. The natural beauty of Kentucky
    and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. No
matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your sleeping bag. When you're paddling down a Cumberland Plateau Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The campgrounds here at Rockcastle River are pretty good. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature  
will make you glad you came. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here, you might as well stop by Cabin Hollow; going for a hike along the Bee Rock Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this region. All year is a great time in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains if you have a thing about the outdoors. A spree to Rockcastle River wouldn’t be complete without a journey to close by Cumberland Falls State Park. Have a splendid hiking adventure along the Winding Stain Gap Trail. Rockcastle River commonly gets a large amount of rain.

Rockcastle River, Kentucky 80 to Bee Rock Boat Ramp 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 Rockcastle River.
 Whitewater Near Rockcastle River:
Rockcastle River, Laurel/ Pulaski County, 3 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 16 miles long (Kentucky 80 to Bee Rock Boat Ramp)
Laurel River, Laurel County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Below Laurel River Lake)
Bark Camp Creek, Whitley County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0 miles long (Old Fluffy)
Buck Creek, Pulaski County, 13 miles away
      Class II - 34 miles long (Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, Mccreary County, 14 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cumberland River, Whitley/ McCreary County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Cumberland Falls to Laurel River)
Cumberland River, Whitley/McCreary County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls)
Roaring Paunch River, McCreary County, 26 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3 miles long (Barthell to Big South Fork)
Rock Creek, McCreary County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (White Oak Junction to Big South Fork of Cumberland River)
 Ski Areas Near Rockcastle River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 92 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Rockcastle River:
London Dock Marina, London , 8 miles away
Holly Bay Marina & Resort, London , 12 miles away
Grove Marina, Corbin , 17 miles away
Buck Creek Boat Dock, Somerset , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Rockcastle River:
Red Roof Inn London I 75, London , 14 miles away
Quality Inn London, London , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge London, London , 14 miles away
Super 8 London, London , 14 miles away
Budget Host Westgate Inn, London , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rockcastle River:
Bee Rock Campground, Laurel County, 3 miles away
Craigs Creek Group Area - Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester, 6 miles away
Holly Bay, Keavy, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Rockcastle River:
Winding Stain Gap Trail, Laurel , 3 miles away
Bee Rock Trail, Pulaski , 3 miles away
Rockcastle Narrows Trail, Pulaski , 3 miles away
Cane Creek Trail, Laurel , 4 miles away
Nathan McClure Trail, Pulaski , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rockcastle River:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 35 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 61 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky , 14 miles away
General Burnside Island State Park, Kentucky , 21 miles away
Indian Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rockcastle River:
The Golf Course, Williamsburg , 17 miles away
Sweet Hollow Resort Golf Course, Corbin , 18 miles away
Tri-County Golf & Country Club, Corbin , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Rockcastle River
Laurel River Lake, Whitley , 7 miles away
Wood Creek Lake, Laurel , 10 miles away
Lake Linville, Rockcastle , 16 miles away

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