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Kentucky whitewater, Laurel River

Laurel county, Below Laurel River Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     2 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Corbin, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Laurel River is 2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(IV) section. The nature scenery of Laurel County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The average Kentucky whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states,
    so keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. There's camping available near Laurel River. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Below Laurel River Lake section is one
of them. When you're paddling down a Cumberland Plateau Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This is a pretty short section so better bring some good walking shoes. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because  
these hotels fill up quick. A bit of exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
No need to travel far to take a look at attention-grabbing stuff like Long Bend. A visit to Cumberland Falls State Park when you're here at Laurel River is never a bad idea, and going for a hike on the Sheltowee Trace Trail is always a good adventure. This river is a wonderful place to visit. People from Keavy love to come to Laurel River, and there are pleasant places to explore along the Bark Camp Trail. Summer at Laurel River arrives with high temperatures in the 80's.

Laurel River, Below Laurel River Lake 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 Laurel River.
 Whitewater Near Laurel River:
Laurel River, Laurel County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Below Laurel River Lake)
Bark Camp Creek, Whitley County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0 miles long (Old Fluffy)
Whitewater Outfitter - Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, Mccreary County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Cumberland River, Whitley/ McCreary County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Cumberland Falls to Laurel River)
Rockcastle River, Laurel/ Pulaski County, 11 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 16 miles long (Kentucky 80 to Bee Rock Boat Ramp)
Cumberland River, Whitley/McCreary County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Redbird Kentucky204 Bridge to Cumberland Falls)
Buck Creek, Pulaski County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 34 miles long (Kentucky 461 to Cumberland River)
Roaring Paunch River, McCreary County, 21 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3 miles long (Barthell to Big South Fork)
Rock Creek, McCreary County, 26 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (White Oak Junction to Big South Fork of Cumberland River)
Cumberland River - Clear Fork, Campbell County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Highway 90 bridge to Sandy Beach Cove)
 Ski Areas Near Laurel River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 85 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Laurel River:
London Dock Marina, London , 4 miles away
Holly Bay Marina & Resort, London , 11 miles away
Grove Marina, Corbin , 13 miles away
Buck Creek Boat Dock, Somerset , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Laurel River:
Best Western Corbin Inn, Corbin , 11 miles away
Econo Lodge Corbin, Corbin , 11 miles away
Quality Suites Corbin, Corbin , 12 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites CORBIN, Corbin , 12 miles away
Knights Inn Corbin, Corbin , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Laurel River:
Holly Bay, Keavy, 2 miles away
Craigs Creek Group Area - Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester, 3 miles away
Twin Branch Shelter Campground, Laurel County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Laurel River:
Sheltowee Trace Trail, Whitley , 1 miles away
Bark Camp Trail, Whitley , 3 miles away
Twin Branch Trail, Laurel , 3 miles away
Cliffside Trail, McCreary , 3 miles away
Ned Branch Trail, Laurel , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Laurel River:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 30 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 55 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky , 8 miles away
General Burnside Island State Park, Kentucky , 22 miles away
Indian Mountain State Park, Tennessee , 22 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Laurel River:
The Golf Course, Williamsburg , 10 miles away
Tri-County Golf & Country Club, Corbin , 14 miles away
Sweet Hollow Resort Golf Course, Corbin , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Laurel River
Laurel River Lake, Whitley , 1 miles away
Wood Creek Lake, Laurel , 15 miles away
Laurel Creek Reservoir, McCreary , 18 miles away

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