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Virginia whitewater, Powell River

Lee county, Route 603 bridge to Pennington Gap section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     6.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Greeneville, as you can see on the road map further down. This section of Powell River in Virginia is 6.5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-IV section of whitewater. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. On this section you do get some distance, good for a one day paddling trip. There are campgrounds quite
    near the river where you can camp. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Route 603 bridge to Pennington Gap stretch is just one of many. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier
than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots of good places for that around here. The wild scenery of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is great.  
The wonderful Lee County scenery and the cool fresh water have people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
A cool spot to check out close to Powell River is Hoover Rock, and this is a popular location for folks from Pennington Gap. Yep, outdoors entertaining stuff truly is abundant here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. Since you're here at Powell River why not explore Dalton Gap, and since you're here you can take a hike along the Daniel Boone Trail. At this river you will always have a good time. Kingdom Come State Park is a good spot to stretch your legs a bit.

Powell River, Route 603 bridge to Pennington Gap 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, Lee County, 1 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.5 miles long (Route 603 bridge to Pennington Gap)
Cumberland River - Poor Fork, Harlan County, 11 miles away
      Class I-II - 23.5 miles long (Cumberland to Harlan)
Powell River, Wise/ Lee County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Big Stone Gap to Dryden)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV+(V) - 1.5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Stock Creek, Scott County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 1.8 miles long (Natural Tunnel State Park)
Cove Creek, Scott County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 2 miles long (Cove Creek Gorge to Stinking Creek confluence)
Powell River - South Fork, Wise County, 21 miles away
      Class V+ - 4 miles long (South Fork Gorge)
Big Stony - Devil's Fork, Scott County, 24 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 1.5 miles long (Straight Fork Confluence to Big Stony Takeout)
Powell River, Wise County, 26 miles away
      Class II-IV - 3 miles long (Appalachia to Big Stone Gap)
Clear Creek, Wise County, 28 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.75 miles long (Clear Creek Gorge)
 Ski Areas Near Powell River:
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 57 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 68 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 71 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 84 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Hotels Near Powell River:
Holiday Inn Express HARLAN, Harlan , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn Big Stone Gap, Big Stone Gap , 18 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Rogersville , 20 miles away
Quality Inn Rogersville, Rogersville , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Harlan, Harlan , 22 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Powell River:
Cave Springs Campground, Lee County, 6 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, 11 miles away
Portal #31 RV Park, Lynch, 12 miles away
 Trails Near Powell River:
Daniel Boone Trail, Lee , 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Powell River:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 69 miles away
Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky , 12 miles away
Natural Tunnel State Park, Virginia , 19 miles away
Davy Crockett Birthplace State, Tennessee , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Powell River:
Sleepy Hollow Golf Course, Cumberland , 11 miles away
Lee County Rec Center, Jonesville , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Powell River
Pressmens Home Lake, Hawkins , 19 miles away

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