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Virginia whitewater, Clear Creek

Wise county, Clear Creek Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV+     0.75 miles
  The starting point is not too far from Kingsport-Bristol. The Clear Creek Gorge section of Clear Creek in Wise County is 0.75 miles long and has been rated as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. The Cumberland Plateau Mountains scenery is wonderful. The scenic beauty of Wise County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. There are no other sections to paddle along Clear Creek than the Clear Creek Gorge
    section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. There's camping available
near Clear Creek. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This stretch is very short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. No need to look hard for hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly
 
about the general area:
People from Norton love to come to Clear Creek; going for a hike on the Pine Mountain Trail is always a fine adventure. These mountains rock, just look at all the fun stuff to do in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. If you're here, you might as well stop by Benges Gap. Summer at Clear Creek comes with high temperatures in the 80's; the overnight is a bit colder of course, generally in the 60's. During the wintertime this place gets highs in the 40's, and night lows during the wintertime for Clear Creek tend to be in the 20's. Clear Creek gets a common amount of yearly rain.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Clear Creek.
 Whitewater Near Clear Creek:
Powell River, Wise County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Scott County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork)
Big Stony Creek, Scott County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 7 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
Powell River - South Fork, Wise County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (South Fork Gorge)
Little Stony Creek, Scott County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock)
Cove Creek, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence)
Crab Orchard Branch, Wise County, 11 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Trailhead to Guest River)
Powell River, Wise/ Lee County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Big Stone Gap to Dryden)
Little Stony River - Ramey Fork, Wise/Scott County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Ramey Fork to Hanging Rock)
 Ski Areas Near Clear Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 79 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 94 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Clear Creek:
Days Inn Norton VA, Norton , 1 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 1 miles away
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 1 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 1 miles away
BEST WESTERN Of Wise, Wise , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clear Creek:
High Knob, Norton, 3 miles away
Bark Campground, Scott County, 8 miles away
Cane Patch Campground, Wise County, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Clear Creek:
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clear Creek:
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 15 miles away
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 25 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clear Creek:
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 5 miles away
Dan Hall Mountain Resort & Country Club, Coeburn , 11 miles away
Raven Rock Golf Course, Jenkins , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Clear Creek
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 6 miles away
Fishpond Lake, Letcher , 13 miles away

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