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Virginia whitewater, Big Stony - Mountain Fork

Scott county, Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     4 miles
 
I have been doing climate research on the High Knob massif, the great landform upon which many of these whitewater runs are listed for in Wise-Scott counties of Virginia, for some 20 years. This is a high precipitation area ( although 2007 has been the driest on record with 40''-46'' so far ) that tends to average 60''-70'' per year amid the mid-upper elevations ( 2500-3000+ feet ) along the Wise-Scott border. The city of Norton has been found
    to be the wettest town or city in Virginia over the long term, with an annual average during the 1983-2004 period of 57.54'' per year ( and that with some missing data during the winter months prior to 1999 ). Thought you
would be interested in this information, since not alot of data is available on this area. Says Wayne Browning

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. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. If you'll be staying
 
in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch of Big Stony - Mountain Fork in Virginia is 4 miles long and has been rated as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. This stretch has has enough mileage, good for a one day paddling trip.

Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork 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 Big Stony - Mountain Fork.
 Whitewater Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
Big Stony Creek, Scott County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge)
Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Scott County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork)
Little Stony Creek, Scott County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 6 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
Powell River, Wise County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Powell River - South Fork, Wise County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (South Fork Gorge)
Little Stony River - Ramey Fork, Wise/Scott County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Ramey Fork to Hanging Rock)
Crab Orchard Branch, Wise County, 9 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Trailhead to Guest River)
Guest River, Wise/ Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Rt. 72 to Clinch River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 65 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 93 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 5 miles away
Days Inn Norton VA, Norton , 5 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 5 miles away
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 5 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Wise, Wise , 6 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
High Knob, Norton, 3 miles away
Bark Campground, Scott County, 4 miles away
Flatwoods Campground, Wise County, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 70 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 14 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 21 miles away
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork:
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 6 miles away
Dan Hall Mountain Resort & Country Club, Coeburn , 9 miles away
Scott County, Gate City , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Stony - Mountain Fork
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 6 miles away
Fishpond Lake, Letcher , 18 miles away

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