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Virginia whitewater, Big Stony Creek

Scott county, Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     4 miles
  The Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge stretch of Big Stony Creek in Scott County is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Kingsport-Bristol, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia tend to be
    more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This is not the only paddling stretch in this
river system, there are others too. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. The nature scenery of Scott County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this  
general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Brickey Spring is a charming place to stop by while you're at Big Stony Creek. Places like Natural Tunnel State Park are great to have a look at, and there are plenty of folks from Fort Blackmore here. This river is so good. You might want to pay a visit to Quillen Hollow while you're here at Big Stony Creek. Summer at Big Stony Creek comes with high temperatures in the 80's. Summer night lows descend down to the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 40's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Big Stony Creek fall into the 20's.

Big Stony Creek, Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge 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 Stony Creek.
 Whitewater Near Big Stony Creek:
Big Stony Creek, Scott County, 1 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Scott County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork)
Powell River - South Fork, Wise County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (South Fork Gorge)
Little Stony Creek, Scott County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
Powell River, Wise County, 7 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Cove Creek, Scott County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Little Stony River - Ramey Fork, Wise/Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Ramey Fork to Hanging Rock)
 Ski Areas Near Big Stony Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 48 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 61 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 64 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 90 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Big Stony Creek:
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 7 miles away
Days Inn Norton, Norton , 7 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 7 miles away
Best Western Of Wise, Wise , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Stony Creek:
High Knob, Norton, 4 miles away
Bark Campground, Scott County, 6 miles away
Flatwoods Campground, Wise County, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Stony Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 67 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 11 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Stony Creek:
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 6 miles away
Scott County, Gate City , 10 miles away
Scott County Park & Golf Course, Gate City , 10 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Stony Creek
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 5 miles away
Fishpond Lake, Letcher , 20 miles away

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