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Kentucky whitewater, Cumberland River

Whitley McCreary county, Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     12 miles
You can tent camp on the river just 1.5 hours down river from the 204 bridge on private land ''free''. You must check in with Patrick the grounds keeper. No drugs or alcohol. The address is 2343 River Road, 40769. Driving from 204 put in is only 4 miles.† Says Patrick (see picture)

The Williamsburg, Kentucky Hwy 204 Bridge canoe put in or take out is not PRIVATE. This location is public and only 16 mile trip to Cumberland Falls State
    Park. It will not cost you a penny to put in at 204 Bridge and you can tent camp in the Daniel Boone National Forest free also. Says Judge (see picture)

The starting point is not too far from Corbin, as you can see
on the road map further down. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Kentucky you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls stretch is just one of many. The wonderful Whitley/McCreary County scenery and the beautiful way the water current  
moves down the stream attract people from near and far. 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. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. When you're paddling down a Cumberland Plateau Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This section of Cumberland River is 12 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater.

Cumberland River, Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cumberland River.
 Whitewater Near Cumberland River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, Mccreary County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cumberland River, Whitley/ McCreary County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Cumberland Falls to Laurel River)
Cumberland River, Whitley/McCreary County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls)
Bark Camp Creek, Whitley County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0 miles long (Old Fluffy)
Laurel River, Laurel County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Below Laurel River Lake)
Roaring Paunch River, McCreary County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3 miles long (Barthell to Big South Fork)
Rockcastle River, Laurel/ Pulaski County, 19 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 16 miles long (Kentucky 80 to Bee Rock Boat Ramp)
Cumberland River - Clear Fork, Campbell County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Highway 90 bridge to Sandy Beach Cove)
Rock Creek, McCreary County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (White Oak Junction to Big South Fork of Cumberland River)
Buck Creek, Pulaski County, 26 miles away
      Class II - 34 miles long (Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River)
 Ski Areas Near Cumberland River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 79 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Cumberland River:
London Dock Marina, London , 10 miles away
Grove Marina, Corbin , 15 miles away
Holly Bay Marina & Resort, London , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Cumberland River:
Hampton Inn Williamsburg KY, Williamsburg , 9 miles away
Cumberland Inn, Williamsburg , 9 miles away
Super 8 Williamsburg, Williamsburg , 9 miles away
Best Western Corbin Inn, Corbin , 12 miles away
Econo Lodge Corbin, Corbin , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cumberland River:
Eagle Falls Resort, Parkers Lake, 3 miles away
Cumberland River - Bee Shoals, Pine Knot, 4 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Corbin, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Cumberland River:
Cumberland Falls Trail Number Two, Whitley , 4 miles away
Bark Camp Trail, Whitley , 6 miles away
Sheltowee Trace Trail, Whitley , 8 miles away
Cliffside Trail, McCreary , 9 miles away
Twin Branch Trail, Laurel , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cumberland River:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 23 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 48 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky , 5 miles away
Indian Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 15 miles away
General Burnside Island State Park, Kentucky , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cumberland River:
The Golf Course, Williamsburg , 6 miles away
Tri-County Golf & Country Club, Corbin , 17 miles away
Sweet Hollow Resort Golf Course, Corbin , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Cumberland River
Laurel River Lake, Whitley , 9 miles away
Laurel Creek Reservoir, McCreary , 13 miles away

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