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Virginia whitewater, Big Cedar Creek

Russell county, Lebanon to Clinch River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     9 miles
  The Lebanon to Clinch River section of Big Cedar Creek is 9 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The campgrounds here at Big Cedar Creek are pretty good. The scenic beauty of Virginia and the cool fresh
    water will make you feel great. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Lebanon to Clinch River
section is one of them. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bristol, as you can see on the road map further down. No need to look hard for hotels, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Big Cedar Creek is in close proximity to Glade Hollow which is positively worth a visit,
and some out of the ordinary geology is available here, Pinnacle is right here. Big Falls is always fun to check out, and why not take a refreshing hike along the The Lonesome Pine Trail. This is such a wonderful river. If you're visiting Big Cedar Creek from Lebanon, you won't be the only one. Big Cedar Creek is a relatively wet place generally with a good deal of rainfall. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain while February is frequently the driest month. All through the warmest time of the year highs here at Big Cedar Creek get into the 80's with night lows in the 60's.

Big Cedar Creek, Lebanon to Clinch River 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 Cedar Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Cedar Creek:
Big Cedar Creek, Russell County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lebanon to Clinch River)
Clinch River, Russell County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Little River - Clinch R. Tributary, Tazewell County, 18 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.5 miles long (Wardell to Clinch River)
Clinch River, Scott/Russell County, 18 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (St. Paul to Dungannon)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Holston River, Sullivan County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 10 miles long (South Holston Dam to Boone Lake)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
 Ski Areas Near Big Cedar Creek:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 46 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 63 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 74 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Big Cedar Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LEBANON, Lebanon , 2 miles away
Super 8 Lebanon, Lebanon , 3 miles away
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin, Corbin , 6 miles away
The Martha Washington Hotel And Spa, Abingdon , 13 miles away
Comfort Suites Abingdon, Abingdon , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Cedar Creek:
Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area, Lebanon, 6 miles away
Riverside Campground, Abingdon, 8 miles away
Clinch Mt Wildlife Management Area, Rosedale, 16 miles away
 Trails Near Big Cedar Creek:
The Lonesome Pine Trail, Russell , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Cedar Creek:
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 26 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 29 miles away
Sycamore Shoals State Park, Tennessee , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Cedar Creek:
Lake Bonaventure Country Club, Castlewood , 11 miles away
Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon , 15 miles away
Clear Creek Golf Club, Bristol , 15 miles away

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