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Kentucky whitewater, Russell Fork

Pike county, Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II(III)     2 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. The Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City stretch of Russell Fork is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class II(III) section by American Whitewater. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. There's camping available
    near Russell Fork. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature
have a lot of people coming here. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of rivers for that. The beautiful Cumberland Plateau Mountains scenery is an added bonus. This is a short paddling stretch so no need to bring snacks. The nature scenery of Kentucky and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. If you're coming from Kingsport-Bristol it's not a long drive  
at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
Pool Point is right next door to Russell Fork and is a nice place to go to, and a great place like Breaks Interstate Park. is too great to leave out. Life's too short to enjoy all the enjoyable stuff in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. This is a popular location for people from Belcher; Skegg Gap is also a good place to look at. This river is so wonderful. While you're here at Russell Fork you can take a hike along the Pine Mountain Trail. Russell Fork gets a good deal of water.

Russell Fork, Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City 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 Russell Fork.
 Whitewater Near Russell Fork:
Russell Fork, Pike County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City)
Grassy Creek, Pike County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 0.94 miles long (Gateway Motel to Russell Fork)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.8 miles long (Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3 miles long (Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Pound River, Dickenson County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2 miles long (Route 739 to Route 611)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 4 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Pound River, Wise/ Dickenson County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access)
Crab Orchard Branch, Wise County, 22 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Trailhead to Guest River)
 Ski Areas Near Russell Fork:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 86 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Russell Fork:
Flanagan Marina, Clintwood , 5 miles away
Appalachian Marina, Pikeville , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Russell Fork:
Sleep Inn & Suites, Clintwood , 12 miles away
Brookshire Inn, Pikeville , 16 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville, Pikeville , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn Grundy, Grundy , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites PIKEVILLE, Pikeville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Russell Fork:
Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, 3 miles away
Lower Twin, Elkhorn City, 4 miles away
Fishtrap Lake #2, Lick Creek, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Russell Fork:
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Russell Fork:
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 3 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 32 miles away
Jenny Wiley State Park, Kentucky , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Russell Fork:
Willowbrook Country Club, Breaks , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Russell Fork
Fishtrap Lake, Pike , 9 miles away

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