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Tennessee whitewater, Cumberland River - Big South Fork

Scott Pulaski county, Leatherwood Ford to Blue Heron Kentucky section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+(IV)     19 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Somerset, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The natural beauty of Tennessee and the water flowing gracefully down Cumberland River - Big South Fork attract people from near and far. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack
    your camp stove. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Leatherwood Ford to Blue Heron Kentucky stretch is just one of many. This stretch of Cumberland River - Big South Fork is 19 miles long and
is a class II+(IV) section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average Tennessee whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be harder to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The beauty of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great plus for this river. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking  
this is an area with plenty of spots for that. 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.

Briefly about the general area:
On a great day at Cumberland River - Big South Fork you can take a hike along the Deer Loop. General Burnside Island State Park is a glorious site to stretch your legs a bit; since you're here, you might as well stop at The Cutoff. This river is so good. Looking for a good trip? Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is quite close to Cumberland River - Big South Fork, and the Racoon Loop is a great hiking trail nearby.

Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Leatherwood Ford to Blue Heron Kentucky 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 - Big South Fork.
 Whitewater Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Rock Creek, McCreary County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (White Oak Junction to Big South Fork of Cumberland River)
Cumberland River - Little South Fork, Wayne McCreary County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 45 miles long (Parmleysville to confluence with Big South Fork)
Roaring Paunch River, McCreary County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3 miles long (Barthell to Big South Fork)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, McCreary/Whitley County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Station Camp to Lake Cumberland)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Scott / Pulaski County, 14 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 19 miles long (Leatherwood Ford to Blue Heron Kentucky)
Pine Creek, Scott County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.62 miles long (Close to Toonley to Leatherwood Ford)
North White Oak Creek, Fentress Scott County, 18 miles away
      Class II - 7.8 miles long (Zenith Mines to Leatherwood Ford)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Scott County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.2 miles long (Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at Leatherwood Ford)
New River, Scott County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.9 miles long (US 27 Bridge to Clear Fork River)
Cumberland River, Whitley/ McCreary County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Cumberland Falls to Laurel River)
 Ski Areas Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 93 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Somerset Boat Club, Somerset , 17 miles away
Buck Creek Boat Dock, Somerset , 19 miles away
Pulaski County Park, Nancy , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Red Roof Inn Whitley City, Whitley City , 11 miles away
Eagles View BB, Burnside , 15 miles away
Hampton Inn Somerset, Somerset , 16 miles away
Monticello Motel, Monticello , 16 miles away
BEST WESTERN Lake Cumberland Inn, Monticello , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Bell Farm Group Horse Camp, Stearns, 4 miles away
Big South Fork National RiverRA - Alum Ford, Marshes Siding, 6 miles away
Big South Fork National RiverRA - Blue Heron, Revelo, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Deer Loop, McCreary , 8 miles away
Racoon Loop, McCreary , 9 miles away
Hidden Passage Trail, Pickett , 15 miles away
Ladder Trail, Pickett , 15 miles away
Island Trail, Pickett , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 15 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 37 miles away
Pickett State Park, Tennessee , 13 miles away
General Burnside Island State Park, Kentucky , 15 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork:
Woodson Bend Resort, Bronston , 12 miles away
Town Of Oneida Municipal Golf, Oneida , 15 miles away
Waitsboro Hills Golf Course, Somerset , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Cumberland River - Big South Fork
Laurel Creek Reservoir, McCreary , 13 miles away

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