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Virginia whitewater, Little Stony Creek

Scott county, Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     3 miles

This picture was submitted to me by Lynda Hubbard ( now retired ) of the Clinch Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service in Wise, Virginia; a few years ago. It is of the upper falls on Little Stony Creek. I have been doing climate research in this area of the great High Knob massif, for some 20 years.
    This is a high precipitation area on average. It should be understood that the High Knob massif forms a sprawling highcountry area along the Wise-Scott border ( into extreme NE Lee County ), and from base to base represents
the widest mountain mass in all of southwestern Virginia. This great width impacts precipitation, with significant enhancements across the mid-upper elevations during favorable patterns ( unlike 2007 which has been the driest year on record with a general 40-46'' across the upper elevations so far ). Says Wayne Browning (see picture)

The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Kingsport-Bristol, as you can see on the road map further
down. The Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock stretch of Little Stony Creek is 3 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class V+ section of whitewater. The beautiful scenery of Scott County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock section is one of them.

Little Stony Creek, Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Little Stony Creek.
 Whitewater Near Little Stony Creek:
Little Stony River - Ramey Fork, Wise/Scott County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (Ramey Fork to Hanging Rock)
Little Stony Creek, Scott County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Little Stony Falls to Hanging Rock)
Guest River, Wise/ Scott County, 4 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Rt. 72 to Clinch River)
Crab Orchard Branch, Wise County, 5 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Trailhead to Guest River)
Big Stony - Mountain Fork, Scott County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (Mountain Fork to Chimney Rock Fork)
Big Stony Creek, Scott County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Chimney Rock Fork to Route 653 Bridge)
Big Moccasin Creek, Scott County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 6 miles long (Snowflake to Antioch Church)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 11 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
Powell River, Wise County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 12 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
 Ski Areas Near Little Stony Creek:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 50 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 56 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 , 68 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 83 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 98 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near Little Stony Creek:
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 10 miles away
Best Western Of Wise, Wise , 10 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 10 miles away
Days Inn Norton, Norton , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Little Stony Creek:
Bark Campground, Scott County, 3 miles away
Flatwoods Campground, Wise County, 3 miles away
High Knob, Norton, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Little Stony Creek:
The Lonesome Pine Trail, Russell , 18 miles away
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Little Stony Creek:
Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville - NC , 70 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 19 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 20 miles away
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Little Stony Creek:
Dan Hall Mountain Resort & Country Club, Coeburn , 5 miles away
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 13 miles away
Scott County, Gate City , 14 miles away
 Lakes Near Little Stony Creek
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 13 miles away

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