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Virginia whitewater, Little River - Clinch R. Tributary

Tazewell county, Wardell to Clinch River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     17.5 miles
 
DO NOT DO LITTLE RIVER!!! We tried to float Little R. Right after many days of serious rain and it was still to shallow! We made it maybe 4 miles in 6 hours and our canoe got a hole in it. This hole was due to all of the rocks and ledges that we're covered by 6 inches of water or less! We spent most of the 6 hours walking because the river was unnavigable!! Says Disappointed

This stretch of Little River - Clinch R. Tributary is 17.5
    miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Bristol, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The sections
for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Wardell to Clinch River section is one of them. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors  
will make you glad you came. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The wonderful Virginia scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream make the trip here worthwhile. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Little River - Clinch R. Tributary you can take a hike along the Blue Grass Trail, and during your spree here you'll meet some people from Rosedale for sure.

Little River - Clinch R. Tributary, Wardell to Clinch River 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 Little River - Clinch R. Tributary.
 Whitewater Near Little River - Clinch R. Tributary:
Clinch River, Russell County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford)
Little River - Clinch R. Tributary, Tazewell County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.5 miles long (Wardell to Clinch River)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Big Cedar Creek, Russell County, 14 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lebanon to Clinch River)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 20 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Clinch River, Tazewell/ Russell County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Taylor's Mill to Cedar Bluff)
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 24 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
 Ski Areas Near Little River - Clinch R. Tributary:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 60 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Little River - Clinch R. Tributary:
Budget Inn Cedar Bluff VA, Cedar Bluff , 8 miles away
Super 8 Richlands/Claypool Hill Area, Claypool Hill , 8 miles away
Knights Inn Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 15 miles away
Econo Lodge Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 15 miles away
Super 8 Lebanon, Lebanon , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little River - Clinch R. Tributary:
Clinch Mt Wildlife Management Area, Rosedale, 5 miles away
Berwind Lake State Recreation Area, Warriormine, 17 miles away
Riverside Campground, Abingdon, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little River - Clinch R. Tributary:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 69 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 69 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 24 miles away
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little River - Clinch R. Tributary:
Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon , 19 miles away

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