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Kentucky whitewater, Roaring Paunch River

McCreary county, Barthell to Big South Fork section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     3 miles
  The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. This section of Roaring Paunch River in Kentucky is 3 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater. The nature scenery of McCreary County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to
    come here and paddle. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Barthell to Big South Fork section is one of them. The starting point is not too far from Somerset, if you're not familiar with the area
there's a road map further down the page. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is a bit of a short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. The river winds through the Cumberland Plateau Mountains and you get great scenery. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either  
way this area has a large number of paddling spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Deer Loop, and if you feel like a little side trip, try Natural Bridge Hollow. Man, is there plenty of enjoyable stuff to do in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. There are plenty of people from Revelo here at Roaring Paunch River, and Devils Jump is something you shouldn't miss since you're here.

Roaring Paunch River, Barthell to Big South Fork 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 Roaring Paunch River.
 Whitewater Near Roaring Paunch River:
Roaring Paunch River, McCreary County, 2 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3 miles long (Barthell to Big South Fork)
Rock Creek, McCreary County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 6 miles long (White Oak Junction to Big South Fork of Cumberland River)
Pine Creek, Scott County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.62 miles long (Close to Toonley to Leatherwood Ford)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, McCreary/Whitley County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 12 miles long (Station Camp to Lake Cumberland)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Scott / Pulaski County, 15 miles away
      Class II+(IV) - 19 miles long (Leatherwood Ford to Blue Heron Kentucky)
Cumberland River, Whitley/ McCreary County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 11 miles long (Cumberland Falls to Laurel River)
Cumberland River - Little South Fork, Wayne McCreary County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 45 miles long (Parmleysville to confluence with Big South Fork)
New River, Scott County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.9 miles long (US 27 Bridge to Clear Fork River)
Cumberland River - Big South Fork, Scott County, 18 miles away
      Class II-IV - 10.2 miles long (Burnt Mill Bridge over Clear Fork to Bridge at Leatherwood Ford)
Bark Camp Creek, Whitley County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 0 miles long (Old Fluffy)
 Ski Areas Near Roaring Paunch River:
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 85 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Roaring Paunch River:
London Dock Marina, London , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Roaring Paunch River:
Red Roof Inn Whitley City, Whitley City , 5 miles away
Eagles View BB, Burnside , 18 miles away
Hampton Inn Somerset, Somerset , 20 miles away
Comfort Inn Somerset, Somerset , 21 miles away
Red Roof Inn Somerset, Somerset , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Roaring Paunch River:
Big South Fork National RiverRA - Blue Heron, Revelo, 0 miles away
Big South Fork National RiverRA - Bear Creek Horse Camp, Revelo, 2 miles away
Big South Fork National RiverRA - Alum Ford, Marshes Siding, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Roaring Paunch River:
Laurel Creek Trail, McCreary , 8 miles away
Deer Loop, McCreary , 15 miles away
Racoon Loop, McCreary , 15 miles away
Cumberland Falls Trail Number Two, Whitley , 16 miles away
Lakeside South Trail, Laurel , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Roaring Paunch River:
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Oneida - TN , 10 miles away
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 35 miles away
Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky , 15 miles away
General Burnside Island State Park, Kentucky , 18 miles away
Pickett State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Roaring Paunch River:
Town Of Oneida Municipal Golf, Oneida , 11 miles away
Woodson Bend Resort, Bronston , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Roaring Paunch River
Laurel Creek Reservoir, McCreary , 5 miles away

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