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Wise Dickenson county, Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     8.5 miles
  The Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access section of Pound River in Virginia is 8.5 miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. If you're coming from Kingsport-Bristol it's not a long drive at all to the starting location,
    as you can see on the road map further down. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The campgrounds here at Pound River are pretty good. Some people prefer whitewater
rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make  
the trip here worthwhile. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. When you're paddling down a Cumberland Plateau Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Pine Mountain Trail, and you positively ought to visit Breaks Interstate Park. since you're here. So many entertaining things to do in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains, not enough time. During your tour to Pound River you'll meet some people from Clintwood for sure. High temperatures at Pound River all through the summer months are in the 80's, and the nighttime is a bit chillier of course, usually in the 50's.

Pound River, Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access 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 Pound River.
 Whitewater Near Pound River:
Pound River, Wise/ Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access)
Pound River, Dickenson County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2 miles long (Route 739 to Route 611)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3 miles long (Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road)
Russell Fork, Pike County, 13 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City)
Crab Orchard Branch, Wise County, 13 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0.5 miles long (Trailhead to Guest River)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 13 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.8 miles long (Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout)
Guest River, Wise/ Scott County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Rt. 72 to Clinch River)
Grassy Creek, Pike County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 0.94 miles long (Gateway Motel to Russell Fork)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
 Ski Areas Near Pound River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 69 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 79 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 97 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Pound River:
Flanagan Marina, Clintwood , 8 miles away
Appalachian Marina, Pikeville , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Pound River:
Sleep Inn & Suites, Clintwood , 2 miles away
Best Western Of Wise, Wise , 14 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 16 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 16 miles away
Days Inn Norton, Norton , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pound River:
Mullins Pond, Ashcamp, 3 miles away
Pound River, Clintwood, 3 miles away
Cranes Nest 1, Clintwood, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Pound River:
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pound River:
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 14 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 32 miles away
Jenny Wiley State Park, Kentucky , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pound River:
Raven Rock Golf Course, Jenkins , 12 miles away
Dan Hall Mountain Resort & Country Club, Coeburn , 13 miles away
Willowbrook Country Club, Breaks , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Pound River
Fishpond Lake, Letcher , 13 miles away
Fishtrap Lake, Pike , 15 miles away

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