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West Virginia whitewater, Big Sandy River - Tug Fork

McDowell Mingo WV Buchannan VA county, Panther to Wharncliffe section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     8.7 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. If you're coming from Bluefield it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch of Big Sandy River - Tug Fork in West Virginia is 8.7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. The
    Panther to Wharncliffe stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The nearby hotels
are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch has has enough mileage, suitable for an afternoon trip. The beauty of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great plus for this river. The wonderful McDowell Mingo WV Buchannan  
VA County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far.

Briefly about the general area:
Everybody loves Panther State Forest, and lots of folks from Mohawk come here. If you want a great time in the great outdoors just come on up to the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. If you wish for a little side journey, try Trent Hollow. All through the long summer days highs here at Big Sandy River - Tug Fork reach the 80's, and the overnight is a tad cooler of course, typically in the 60's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 40's; after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Big Sandy River - Tug Fork fall into the 20's.

Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, Panther to Wharncliffe 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 Sandy River - Tug Fork.
 Whitewater Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, McDowell Mingo WV Buchannan VA County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.7 miles long (Panther to Wharncliffe)
Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, Mingo WV/Pike KY County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (Wharncliffe to Devon)
Little Huff Creek, Wyoming County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence with Muzzle Creek to Justice)
Buffalo Creek - Guyandotte Tributary, Logan County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.2 miles long (Accoville to Man)
Guyandotte River, Wyoming County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Simon to R D Bailey Lake backwaters)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 25 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Clinch River, Russell County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 27 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 27 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Little River - Clinch R. Tributary, Tazewell County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.5 miles long (Wardell to Clinch River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 56 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 94 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Comfort Inn Grundy, Grundy , 18 miles away
Candlewood Suites LOGAN, Logan , 18 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LOGAN, Logan , 19 miles away
BEST WESTERN Logan Inn, Chapmanville , 26 miles away
Sycamore Inn, Williamson , 26 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Panther State Forest, Panther, 3 miles away
Panther Wildlife Management Area, Iaeger, 7 miles away
Twin Hollow Campground, Gilbert, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 57 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 57 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 6 miles away
Chief Logan State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Twisted Gun Golf Club, Gilbert , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork
R. D. Bailey Lake, Wyoming , 9 miles away

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