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Virginia whitewater, Russell Fork

Dickenson county, Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     3 miles
  The Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road stretch of Russell Fork is 3 miles long and is a class II-III+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Bristol, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that rivers in this state are not
    as hard as elsewhere. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Cumberland Plateau Mountains scenery is wonderful. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from
far and near. The scenic beauty of Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick.  
This section is quite short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well.

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Russell Fork there are plenty of folks from Breaks, and you certainly should take a look at Breaks Interstate Park. if you're here. So much cool stuff to do here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains, too glorious to be true. The Breaks is an out of the ordinary thing to spot while you're here at Russell Fork, and Skegg Hole is not far at all. This river is a wonderful place to visit.

Russell Fork, Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road 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 Russell Fork.
 Whitewater Near Russell Fork:
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3 miles long (Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.8 miles long (Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout)
Russell Fork, Pike County, 2 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City)
Pound River, Dickenson County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2 miles long (Route 739 to Route 611)
Grassy Creek, Pike County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 0.94 miles long (Gateway Motel to Russell Fork)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Pound River, Wise/ Dickenson County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access)
Clinch River, Scott/Russell County, 20 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (St. Paul to Dungannon)
 Ski Areas Near Russell Fork:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 66 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 70 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 73 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 75 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 84 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
 Marinas Near Russell Fork:
Flanagan Marina, Clintwood , 5 miles away
Appalachian Marina, Pikeville , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Russell Fork:
Sleep Inn & Suites, Clintwood , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn Grundy, Grundy , 14 miles away
Brookshire Inn, Pikeville , 19 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville, Pikeville , 19 miles away
Landmark Hotel, Pikeville , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Russell Fork:
Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, 2 miles away
Lower Twin, Elkhorn City, 4 miles away
Cranes Nest 3, Clintwood, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Russell Fork:
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Russell Fork:
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 2 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 31 miles away
Jenny Wiley State Park, Kentucky , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Russell Fork:
Willowbrook Country Club, Breaks , 4 miles away
Lake Bonaventure Country Club, Castlewood , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Russell Fork
Fishtrap Lake, Pike , 12 miles away

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