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Kentucky whitewater, Buck Creek

Pulaski county, Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     34 miles
  The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Somerset, as you can see on the road map further down. The nature scenery of Pulaski County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so better not forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors
    are great attractions for lots of people. 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 there are lots of good spots for that around here. The Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River section of Buck Creek in Pulaski County is 34 miles long and is a class II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The river winds through the Cumberland Plateau Mountains and you get great scenery. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so make sure you pack enough food along with  
your camping gear. The Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground.

Briefly about the general area:
Go for a hike on the Nathan McClure Trail; General Burnside Island State Park is a good place to explore. If you love the outdoors you'll love it here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. Peter Cave Hollow is a nice spot to explore, and lots of folks from Ferguson come here. The surroundings of this river have so much to offer. Don't leave Buck Creek without first going for a hike along the Peter Branch Trail.

Buck Creek, Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Buck Creek.
 Whitewater Near Buck Creek:
Buck Creek, Pulaski County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 34 miles long (Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River)
Rockcastle River, Laurel/ Pulaski County, 13 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 16 miles long (Kentucky 80 to Bee Rock Boat Ramp)
Bark Camp Creek, Whitley County, 16 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0 miles long (Old Fluffy)
Laurel River, Laurel County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Below Laurel River Lake)
Cumberland River, Whitley/ McCreary County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Cumberland Falls to Laurel River)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, Mccreary County, 20 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rock Creek, McCreary County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (White Oak Junction to Big South Fork of Cumberland River)
Roaring Paunch River, McCreary County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3 miles long (Barthell to Big South Fork)
Cumberland River, Whitley/McCreary County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls)
Cumberland River - Little South Fork, Wayne McCreary County, 30 miles away
      Class I-II - 45 miles long (Parmleysville to confluence with Big South Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Buck Creek:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 100 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Buck Creek:
Buck Creek Boat Dock, Somerset , 6 miles away
Somerset Boat Club, Somerset , 10 miles away
London Dock Marina, London , 12 miles away
Pulaski County Park, Nancy , 16 miles away
Cave Springs Resort & Marina, Nancy , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Buck Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SOMERSET CENTRAL, Somerset , 10 miles away
Super 8 Somerset, Somerset , 10 miles away
Knights Inn Somerset, Somerset , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Somerset, Somerset , 10 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Somerset , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buck Creek:
Little Lick Campground, Pulaski County, 9 miles away
Sam Branch Shelter Campground, McCreary County, 10 miles away
Cumberland Cove, Burnside, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Buck Creek:
Nathan McClure Trail, Pulaski , 10 miles away
Peter Branch Trail, Pulaski , 10 miles away
Bee Rock Trail, Pulaski , 11 miles away
Cane Creek Trail, Laurel , 12 miles away
Rockcastle Narrows Trail, Pulaski , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buck Creek:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 33 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 58 miles away
General Burnside Island State Park, Kentucky , 10 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky , 17 miles away
Pickett State Park, Tennessee , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buck Creek:
Somerset Country Club, Somerset , 10 miles away
Woodson Bend Resort, Bronston , 13 miles away
Waitsboro Hills Golf Course, Somerset , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Buck Creek
Laurel River Lake, Whitley , 16 miles away
Lake Linville, Rockcastle , 19 miles away

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