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Virginia whitewater, Prater Creek

Dickenson county, Prater to Haysi section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     7.5 miles
  This section of Prater Creek is 7.5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Bristol it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The scenic beauty of Dickenson County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. This stretch is mid
    length, you can easily run it on an afternoon. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state
are quite easy. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Prater to Haysi stretch is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. Getting some good exercise and just being out  
on the river for a while are great reasons to come. Whitewater paddling here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great experience. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
The good people of Birchleaf like to hang out nearby; Breaks Interstate Park. is a fine place. If you want a fine time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. The high level of rainfall makes Prater Creek a quite wet place. Of all the months in a year July is the one with the most rain, and October on the other hand is the driest.

Prater Creek, Prater to Haysi 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 Prater Creek.
 Whitewater Near Prater Creek:
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.8 miles long (Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3 miles long (Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road)
Grassy Creek, Pike County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 0.94 miles long (Gateway Motel to Russell Fork)
Pound River, Dickenson County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2 miles long (Route 739 to Route 611)
Russell Fork, Pike County, 7 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City)
Clinch River, Scott/Russell County, 17 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (St. Paul to Dungannon)
Pound River, Wise/ Dickenson County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access)
 Ski Areas Near Prater Creek:
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 , 65 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 80 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Prater Creek:
Flanagan Marina, Clintwood , 9 miles away
 Hotels Near Prater Creek:
Comfort Inn Grundy, Grundy , 10 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Clintwood , 15 miles away
Super 8 Lebanon, Lebanon , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LEBANON, Lebanon , 22 miles away
Brookshire Inn, Pikeville , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Prater Creek:
Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, 6 miles away
Lower Twin, Elkhorn City, 9 miles away
Cranes Nest 3, Clintwood, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Prater Creek:
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 6 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Prater Creek:
Willowbrook Country Club, Breaks , 4 miles away
Lake Bonaventure Country Club, Castlewood , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Prater Creek
Fishtrap Lake, Pike , 17 miles away

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