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Vermont whitewater, Big Branch

Rutland county, Mt. Tabor to Appalachian Trail section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     2.6 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. The natural beauty of Vermont and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This section of Big Branch is 2.6 miles long and has been rated as a class V section by American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll
    have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Mt. Tabor to Appalachian Trail section is one of them. The starting location
is a reasonable drive from Rutland, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a short paddling stretch so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. The beauty of the Green Mountains  
is a great plus for this river. There's camping available near Big Branch.

Briefly about the general area:
There's perfect hiking along the Green Mountain Trail, and you can hit the slopes at Bromley Mountain in close proximity. But wait, there's more enjoyable things to do in the Green Mountains. Green Mountain National Forest is a good place to stretch your legs a bit; the Baker Peak Trail offers hiking at its best. This is a great river. Lots of people from Danby come to Big Branch, and when you're here it's always fun to have a look at Emerald Lake State Park.

Big Branch, Mt. Tabor to Appalachian Trail 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 Big Branch.
 Whitewater Near Big Branch:
Big Branch, Rutland County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 2.6 miles long (Mt. Tabor to Appalachian Trail)
Mill River, Rutland County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (East Wallingford to Clarendon)
Clarendon River, Rutland County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Clarendon Springs to West Rutland)
Winhall River, Windham / Bennington County, 12 miles away
      Class III+ - 4.5 miles long (Grahamville School Road to Winhall Campgrounds)
Battenkill River, Bennington County, 12 miles away
      Class -blank- - 11 miles long (Manchester to NY border)
West River, Windham County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Londonderry rapids)
West River, Windham County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 3.2 miles long (Salmon Hole to Route 100)
Ball Mountain Brook, Windham County, 17 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Metcalf Road to Jamaica State Park)
Roaring Branch, Windham County, 18 miles away
      Class V - 3.5 miles long (Kelly Stand Road to East Kansas)
Deerfield River - East Branch, -blank- County, 19 miles away
      Class I-II - 6 miles long (Somerset Reservoir to Searsburg Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Big Branch:
Bromley Mountain, Vermont , 7 miles away, 1334 foot drop, 10 lifts, 45 runs
Snow Valley, Vermont , 8 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 7 runs
Stratton, Vermont , 13 miles away, 2003 foot drop, 16 lifts, 90 runs
Magic Mountain, Vermont , 15 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 4 lifts, 40 runs
Okemo, Vermont , 17 miles away, 2210 foot drop, 19 lifts, 119 runs
Killington, Vermont , 17 miles away, 3050 foot drop, 30 lifts, 141 runs
Pico Mountain, Vermont , 17 miles away, 1967 foot drop, 6 lifts, 48 runs
Mount Snow, Vermont , 20 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 20 lifts, 80 runs
Haystack, Vermont , 22 miles away, 1160 foot drop, 23 lifts, 145 runs
Twin Farms, Vermont , 32 miles away, 700 foot drop, 1 lifts, 6 runs
 Hotels Near Big Branch:
Chalet Motel, Manchester Center , 9 miles away
Manchester View Fine Lodging, Manchester Center , 9 miles away
Econo Lodge Manchester, Manchester , 10 miles away
Palmer House, Manchester , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn RUTLAND-KILLINGTON AREA, Rutland , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Branch:
Lost Pond Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Danby, 1 miles away
Big Branch Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Danby, 1 miles away
Lula Tye Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Wallingford, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Big Branch:
Green Mountain Trail, Rutland , 2 miles away
Baker Peak Trail, Rutland , 2 miles away
Lake Trail, Rutland , 2 miles away
Old Job Trail, Rutland , 2 miles away
Homer Stone Trail, Rutland , 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Branch:
Emerald Lake State Park, Vermont , 5 miles away
Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont , 14 miles away
Lake St. Catherine State Park, Vermont , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Branch:
Manchester Country Club, Manchester Center , 9 miles away
Stonehedge Golf Course, North Clarendon , 9 miles away
Equinox Country Club, Manchester , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Branch
Wallingford Pond, Rutland , 5 miles away
Emerald Lake, Bennington , 5 miles away
Spring Lake, Rutland , 8 miles away

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