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Virginia whitewater, Powell River

Wise Lee county, Big Stone Gap to Dryden section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     12 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Kingsport-Bristol, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The Big Stone Gap to Dryden section of Powell River is 12 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to
    be a class I-II section. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Big Stone Gap to Dryden stretch is just one of them. There's camping available near Powell River. If you hurry you can run this stretch
in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camp stove too. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. The beauty of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great plus for this river. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. The nature scenery of Virginia and the water flowing gracefully down Powell River  
will make you feel great. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.

Briefly about the general area:
Old Still Hollow is a good place to spend some time at; you'll meet a lot of folks from Dryden here. There's no way somebody can get bored here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. Put some time aside to spend at Wake Spring if you're here at Powell River. When you're here at Powell River it's always fun to stop by Kingdom Come State Park; you can have a delightful hiking adventure along the Daniel Boone Trail.

Powell River, Big Stone Gap to Dryden 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 Powell River.
 Whitewater Near Powell River:
Powell River, Wise/ Lee County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Big Stone Gap to Dryden)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Cove Creek, Scott County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.8 miles long (Natural Tunnel State Park)
Powell River, Lee County, 10 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Route 603 bridge to Pennington Gap)
Powell River - South Fork, Wise County, 10 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (South Fork Gorge)
Cumberland River - Poor Fork, Harlan County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (Cumberland to Harlan)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 13 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
Powell River, Wise County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 17 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Powell River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 53 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 76 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 79 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 79 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Powell River:
Comfort Inn Big Stone Gap, Big Stone Gap , 7 miles away
Holiday Inn NORTON, Norton , 16 miles away
Days Inn Norton, Norton , 18 miles away
Super 8 Norton VA, Norton , 18 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Norton, Norton , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Powell River:
Jessie Lea Recreational Vehicle Park-Campground, Big Stone Gap, 5 miles away
Cave Springs Campground, Lee County, 5 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Powell River:
Daniel Boone Trail, Lee , 12 miles away
 Public Lands Near Powell River:
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 10 miles away
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 13 miles away
Warriors Path State Park, Tennessee , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Powell River:
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Cumberland , 12 miles away
Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Powell River
Big Cherry Reservoir, Wise , 12 miles away

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