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Virginia whitewater, Clinch River

Russell county, Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     8 miles
  The nature scenery of Russell County and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford section of Clinch River is 8 miles long and is a class I-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The average Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy.
    If you're coming from Bristol it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this
river system, there are a few others too. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great attractions for lots of people. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels  
fill up quick. On this section you do get some distance, it's perfect for a one day trip.

Briefly about the general area:
If you want to explore some out of the ordinary stuff, explore Hubbard Hole. There are plenty of folks from Honaker here at Clinch River; Howard Hollow is a good location to spend some time. This river is so wonderful. For the duration of the summer months at Clinch River temperatures are mostly in the 80's. Summer night lows sink down to the 60's. Highs through the winter are usually in the 40's; winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Clinch River.

Clinch River, Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford 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 Clinch River.
 Whitewater Near Clinch River:
Big Cedar Creek, Russell County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lebanon to Clinch River)
Clinch River, Russell County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 12 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Little River - Clinch R. Tributary, Tazewell County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.5 miles long (Wardell to Clinch River)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Clinch River, Scott/Russell County, 22 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (St. Paul to Dungannon)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 25 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Clinch River:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 45 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 69 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Hotels Near Clinch River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LEBANON, Lebanon , 6 miles away
Super 8 Lebanon, Lebanon , 7 miles away
Red Roof Inn & Suites Corbin, Corbin , 10 miles away
The Martha Washington Hotel And Spa, Abingdon , 16 miles away
Red Roof Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Clinch River:
Hidden Valley Wildlife Management Area, Lebanon, 10 miles away
Riverside Campground, Abingdon, 12 miles away
Clinch Mt Wildlife Management Area, Rosedale, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Clinch River:
The Lonesome Pine Trail, Russell , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Clinch River:
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 24 miles away
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 26 miles away
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Clinch River:
Lake Bonaventure Country Club, Castlewood , 15 miles away
Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon , 17 miles away
Saltville Golf Course, Saltville , 19 miles away

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