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Virginia whitewater, Tumbling Creek

Russell county, Upper Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     5 miles
  The Upper Gorge section of Tumbling Creek in Virginia is 5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The beautiful scenery of Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often
    easier than elsewhere, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. There's camping available near Tumbling Creek. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality
time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The starting point is not too far from Bristol, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of  
good rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Tumbling Creek is a place with many visitors from Rosedale, and on a splendid day you can take a hike along the Blue Grass Trail. Twin Hollow is a delightful location to check out close by. Summertime highs at Tumbling Creek regularly tend to be in the 80's. Throughout the moonlight hours it's frequently in the 60's. During the winter this place gets highs in the 40's; after the sun is down during the wintertime temperatures at Tumbling Creek dip into the 20's. All the water falling down from the sky makes Tumbling Creek a wet spot.

Tumbling Creek, Upper Gorge 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 Tumbling Creek.
 Whitewater Near Tumbling Creek:
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 0 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 1 miles long (Rt. 613 to Route 611)
Tumbling Creek, Russell County, 0 miles away
      Class V - 5 miles long (Upper Gorge)
Little River - Clinch R. Tributary, Tazewell County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 17.5 miles long (Wardell to Clinch River)
Clinch River, Russell County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Pucketts Hole to Nash Ford)
Big Cedar Creek, Russell County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Lebanon to Clinch River)
Holston River - South Fork, Washington County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Damascus to Alvarado)
Laurel Creek, Washington County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 2.5 miles long (Damascus to South Fork of Holston River)
Beaverdam Creek, Johnson (TN) / Washington County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Backbone Rock Park to Laurel Creek)
Whitetop Laurel Creek, Washington/ Grayson County, 19 miles away
      Class II-IV - 12 miles long (Route 728 to Route 58)
Tennessee Laurel Creek, Johnson County, 19 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2.5 miles long (Roadside Laurel)
 Ski Areas Near Tumbling Creek:
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 41 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 44 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 61 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Tumbling Creek:
Budget Inn Cedar Bluff VA, Cedar Bluff , 9 miles away
Super 8 Richlands/Claypool Hill Area, Claypool Hill , 9 miles away
Knights Inn Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 10 miles away
Econo Lodge Glade Spring, Glade Spring , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Abingdon, Abingdon , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Tumbling Creek:
Clinch Mt Wildlife Management Area, Rosedale, 2 miles away
Riverside Campground, Abingdon, 16 miles away
Callebs Cove Campground, Abingdon, 17 miles away
 Trails Near Tumbling Creek:
Blue Grass Trail, Smyth , 9 miles away
Clark Mountain Trail, Washington , 16 miles away
Iron Mountain Trail, Smyth , 19 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 19 miles away
Maple Spring Fire Trail, Sullivan , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Tumbling Creek:
Hungry Mother State Park, Virginia , 20 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 27 miles away
Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Tumbling Creek:
Saltville Golf Course, Saltville , 7 miles away
Greenway Creek Golf Course, Glade Spring , 10 miles away
Tazewell County Country Club, Pounding Mill , 14 miles away

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