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Virginia whitewater, Guest River

Wise Scott county, Rt. 72 to Clinch River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     8 miles
  The nature scenery of Wise/ Scott County and the water flowing gracefully down Guest River make the trip here worthwhile. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Kingsport-Bristol, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The average Virginia
    whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. There are a few other sections in this
river system that can be paddled as well. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are great reasons to come.

about the general area:
Flatwoods is a perfect local forest; you could always explore Pound Gap. Hanging Rock is an interesting place to check out while at Guest River, and at Guest River you always meet someone from Coeburn. A river like this is too good to miss. From a rainfall point of view Guest River is a relatively common spot. Most of the rain falls throughout March; the driest month is October. Through the summertime here at Guest River, high temperatures mostly reach the 80's, and the nighttime is a bit chillier of course, commonly in the 60's. The winter brings highs down to the 40's, and overnight lows through the wintertime for Guest River tend to be in the 20's.

Guest River, Rt. 72 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 Guest River.
 Whitewater Near Guest River:
Little Stony River - Ramey Fork, Wise/Scott County, 1 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Ramey Fork to Hanging Rock)
Guest River, Wise/ Scott County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Rt. 72 to Clinch River)
Crab Orchard Branch, Wise County, 4 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Trailhead to Guest River)
Little Stony Creek, Scott County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock)
Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Scott County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork)
Big Moccasin Creek, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 6 miles long (Snowflake to Antioch Church)
Big Stony Creek, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge)
Clinch River, Scott/Russell County, 11 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (St. Paul to Dungannon)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 12 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
Powell River, Wise County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
 Ski Areas Near Guest River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 55 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 59 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 60 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 85 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 100 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Marinas Near Guest River:
Flanagan Marina, Clintwood , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Guest River:
Best Western Of Wise, Wise , 11 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 11 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 11 miles away
Days Inn Norton, Norton , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Guest River:
Flatwoods Campground, Wise County, 2 miles away
Bark Campground, Scott County, 5 miles away
High Knob, Norton, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Guest River:
The Lonesome Pine Trail, Russell , 16 miles away
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Guest River:
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 20 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 22 miles away
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Guest River:
Dan Hall Mountain Resort & Country Club, Coeburn , 4 miles away
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 15 miles away
Scott County, Gate City , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Guest River
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 15 miles away

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