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Kentucky whitewater, Little Sandy River

Elliott Carter county, Sandy Hook to Grayson Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     27 miles
  The Sandy Hook to Grayson Lake stretch of Little Sandy River in Elliott/Carter County is 27 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. If you're coming from Portsmouth 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. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then
    no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The beauty of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great plus for this river. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds
nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Kentucky tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The natural beauty of Kentucky and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. If you hurry you can run this  
section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with not too many other places for that. There are a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Little Sandy River it's always fun to go to Carter Caves State Park, and if you're stopping by from Isonville, you won't be the only one. These mountains rock, just look at all the amusing things to do in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. Little Sandy River is in close proximity to Grayson Lake State Park which is a picturesque location.

Little Sandy River, Sandy Hook to Grayson 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 Little Sandy River.
 Whitewater Near Little Sandy River:
Little Sandy River, Elliott/Carter County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II - 27 miles long (Sandy Hook to Grayson Lake)
Tygarts Creek, Carter County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Olive Hill to Kentucky 182)
 Ski Areas Near Little Sandy River:
Spicy Run Mountain, Ohio , 51 miles away, 600 foot drop, 4 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Little Sandy River:
Super 8 Grayson, Grayson , 14 miles away
Econo Lodge Grayson, Grayson , 14 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Grayson, Grayson , 14 miles away
Days Inn Grayson, Grayson , 14 miles away
Days Inn West Liberty, West Liberty , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Sandy River:
Grayson Lake State Park, Grahn, 4 miles away
Bruin Creek - DFWR, Grahn, 5 miles away
Clifty Creek Ramp - DFWR, Grahn, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Sandy River:
Grayson Lake State Park, Kentucky , 5 miles away
Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky , 13 miles away
Paintsville Lake State Park, Kentucky , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Sandy River:
Hidden Cove Golf Course, Grayson , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Sandy River
Grayson Lake, Carter , 8 miles away

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