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Virginia whitewater, Cove Creek

Scott county, Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     2 miles
About this Jordan Bowen and Luke Rhoton, I have outfished them on a regular basis. If you want good fishing, go to Stock Creek. Says Jalen Hammonds

We are professional fishermen. There are no fish in cove creek so I would'nt bother. Says Jordan Bowen and Luke Rhoton

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Kingsport-Bristol, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking
    outside Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. The wonderful Scott County scenery and the playfulness of the water attract people from near
and far. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. This is a pretty short section so better bring some good walking shoes. Whether you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence stretch of Cove Creek in Scott County is 2 miles long and it is classified as a class IV-V+ section by American Whitewater.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Cove Creek there are plenty of folks from Big Stone Gap, and Natural Tunnel State Park is a perfect location to take a look at on a pretty day. A great site to go to right next door to Cove Creek is Cracker Neck. The amount of precipitation that falls at Cove Creek is close to the national average.

Cove Creek, Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence 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 Cove Creek.
 Whitewater Near Cove Creek:
Cove Creek, Scott County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence)
Powell River - South Fork, Wise County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (South Fork Gorge)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 4 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
Powell River, Wise/ Lee County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Big Stone Gap to Dryden)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.8 miles long (Natural Tunnel State Park)
Big Stony Creek, Scott County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge)
Powell River, Wise County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 10 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Cove Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 49 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 85 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Cove Creek:
Comfort Inn Big Stone Gap, Big Stone Gap , 4 miles away
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 9 miles away
Days Inn Norton, Norton , 10 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 10 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cove Creek:
Jessie Lea Recreational Vehicle Park-Campground, Big Stone Gap, 6 miles away
High Knob, Norton, 8 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Cove Creek:
Daniel Boone Trail, Lee , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cove Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 68 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 6 miles away
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 22 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 23 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cove Creek:
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 5 miles away
Scott County, Gate City , 13 miles away
Scott County Park & Golf Course, Gate City , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Cove Creek
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 3 miles away
Fishpond Lake, Letcher , 20 miles away

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