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Tennessee whitewater, Doe River - Laurel Fork

Dennis Cove to Hampton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V(V+)     5 miles
  If you're coming from Johnson City it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many runs in this state are not easy. This stretch of Doe River - Laurel Fork in Tennessee is 5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class
    IV-V(V+) section. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Getting your
paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. The natural beauty of Tennessee and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Dennis Cove to Hampton stretch is just one of them. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There are nice comfortable hotels here,  
but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Roan Mountain State Park is a charming spot any time of year; Laurel Fork George is nearby, and is a great place. Waycoster Spring is always fun to check out, and Sycamore Shoals State Park is a nice site to stretch your legs a bit. This is such a fun river. Flagpole Point is a good place to explore while in the area; do put some time aside to spend at Laurel Falls if you're here at Doe River - Laurel Fork. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Doe River - Laurel Fork; Pond Mountain Trail is a tremendous local trail.

Doe River - Laurel Fork, Dennis Cove to Hampton 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 Doe River - Laurel Fork.
 Whitewater Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Doe River - Laurel Fork, -blank- County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Dennis Cove to Hampton)
Doe River, Carter County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.7 miles long (Blevins Bridge on Bear Cage Road to Highway 19E bridge)
Watauga, Carter/ Washington County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 20.6 miles long (Watauga Reservoir to Boone Lake)
Doe River, Carter County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Hampton to Elizabethton)
Doe River, Carter County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.6 miles long (Crabtree to Blevins Bridge on Bear Gauge Road)
Elk River, Carter County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.3 miles long (Route 2520 to US 321 bridge Close to Elk Mills)
Elk River, Avery (NC)/Carter (TN) County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 4.8 miles long (Route 130 to bridge above Sone Mtn Church Tennessee)
Elk River, Carter and Avery County, 12 miles away
      Class IV-V - 5 miles long (Big Falls to Poga Rd)
Holston River, Sullivan County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (South Holston Dam to Boone Lake)
North Toe River, Avery County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 10 miles long (Plumtree to Bush Rd/Rt. 19E)
 Ski Areas Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 18 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 21 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 23 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 31 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 33 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Fish Springs Marina, Hampton , 3 miles away
Lakeshore Marina, Hampton , 3 miles away
Pappy's Marina and Campground, Butler , 13 miles away
Pioneer Landing Campground, Butler , 13 miles away
Lake View Dock, Bristol , 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Americourt Hotel-Mountain City, Mountain City , 4 miles away
Americourt Hotel Elizabethton, Elizabethton , 11 miles away
Quality Inn Johnson City, Johnson City , 14 miles away
Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Johnson City, Johnson City , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Laurel Fork Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Hampton, 0 miles away
Black Bear Resort, Hampton, 1 miles away
Dennis Cove Campground, Carter County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 4 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 5 miles away
Laurel Fork Trail, Carter , 5 miles away
Stone Mountain Trail, Carter , 6 miles away
Little Pond Mountain Trail, Carter , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 48 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 5 miles away
Roan Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 5 miles away
Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee , 9 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Doe River - Laurel Fork:
Elizabethton Golf Course, Elizabethton , 10 miles away
Buffalo Valley Golf Course, Unicoi , 13 miles away
City Of Johnson City, Johnson City , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Doe River - Laurel Fork
Watauga Lake, Carter , 3 miles away
South Holston Lake, Sullivan , 14 miles away
Wildcat Lake, Avery , 19 miles away

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