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Virginia whitewater, Russell Fork

Dickenson county, Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V+     3.8 miles
(...) Been a guide on this river several years and this river is one of the east coasts best. This is the area called the miracle mile. One rapid called el'horrendo was thought unrunnable several years ago. The maze is a very dangerous rapid with an undercut a river right near bottom of rapid that all the current pushes you toward and if you was under there is no way for a rescue. It will be a recovery. Awesome river have fun and paddle
    safe. Says Dale

This stretch of Russell Fork in Virginia is 3.8 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V+ section. The starting point is not too far from Bristol, as you can see
on the road map further down. Whitewater paddling here in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is a great experience. The wonderful Dickenson County scenery and the playfulness of the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often easier than in other states, so better not forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. If you're a camper you can camp at one  
of the great campgrounds nearby. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. This is a somewhat short section so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.

Briefly about the general area:
You ought to certainly have a look at The Breaks since you're here at Russell Fork, and a short spree to Cold Spring is always worthwhile.

Russell Fork, Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout 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, Pike County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 2 miles long (Gorge takeout to Elkhorn City)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.8 miles long (Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout)
Grassy Creek, Pike County, 1 miles away
      Class IV - 0.94 miles long (Gateway Motel to Russell Fork)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 3 miles long (Virginia 611 to Garden Hole Road)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
Pound River, Dickenson County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 2 miles long (Route 739 to Route 611)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Pound River, Wise/ Dickenson County, 16 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.5 miles long (Route 624 to Pound Fishing Access)
Clinch River, Scott/Russell County, 21 miles away
      Class I - 18 miles long (St. Paul to Dungannon)
 Ski Areas Near Russell Fork:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 67 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 71 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 76 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 , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Russell Fork:
Sleep Inn & Suites, Clintwood , 13 miles away
Comfort Inn Grundy, Grundy , 14 miles away
Brookshire Inn, Pikeville , 18 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville, Pikeville , 18 miles away
Landmark Hotel, Pikeville , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Russell Fork:
Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks, 1 miles away
Lower Twin, Elkhorn City, 5 miles away
Fishtrap Lake #2, Lick Creek, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Russell Fork:
Pine Mountain Trail, Letcher , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Russell Fork:
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 1 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 30 miles away
Jenny Wiley State Park, Kentucky , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Russell Fork:
Willowbrook Country Club, Breaks , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Russell Fork
Fishtrap Lake, Pike , 11 miles away

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