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West Virginia whitewater, Big Sandy River - Tug Fork

Mingo WV Pike KY county, Wharncliffe to Devon section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     8.8 miles
  The average West Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. This stretch of Big Sandy River - Tug Fork in Mingo WV/Pike KY County is 8.8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. The natural beauty of Mingo WV/Pike KY County and the water flowing gracefully down
    Big Sandy River - Tug Fork have people coming here. The campgrounds here at Big Sandy River - Tug Fork are pretty good. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. There are
a few other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. The starting location is a short drive from Bluefield, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The wild scenery of the Cumberland Plateau Mountains is great. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem  
but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of spots for that.

Briefly about the general area:
Panther State Forest is worth taking a look at if you're at Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, and Big Sandy River - Tug Fork is not far at all from Wharncliffe. These mountains rock, just check out all the entertaining stuff to do in the Cumberland Plateau Mountains. You might want to pay a visit to Pounding Mill Branch if you're here at Big Sandy River - Tug Fork. At Big Sandy River - Tug Fork throughout the days of summer highs are in the 80's, and during summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, Wharncliffe to Devon 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 Big Sandy River - Tug Fork.
 Whitewater Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, Mingo WV/Pike KY County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (Wharncliffe to Devon)
Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, McDowell Mingo WV Buchannan VA County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.7 miles long (Panther to Wharncliffe)
Little Huff Creek, Wyoming County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence with Muzzle Creek to Justice)
Buffalo Creek - Guyandotte Tributary, Logan County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.2 miles long (Accoville to Man)
Guyandotte River, Wyoming County, 21 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Simon to R D Bailey Lake backwaters)
Prater Creek, Dickenson County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Prater to Haysi)
Grassy Creek, Dickenson County, 23 miles away
      Class IV+ - 2 miles long (Breaks to Russell Fork)
Hunt's Branch, Dickenson County, 23 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.7 miles long (Highway 80)
Grassy Creek, Pike County, 24 miles away
      Class IV - 0.94 miles long (Gateway Motel to Russell Fork)
Russell Fork, Dickenson County, 25 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 3.8 miles long (Garden Hole Road to Kentucky takeout)
 Ski Areas Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 62 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 74 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 79 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wolf Ridge, North Carolina , 93 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Comfort Inn Grundy, Grundy , 16 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LOGAN, Logan , 16 miles away
Candlewood Suites LOGAN, Logan , 17 miles away
Best Western Logan Inn, Chapmanville , 23 miles away
Rodeway Inn Chapmanville, Chapmanville , 24 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Panther State Forest, Panther, 9 miles away
Twin Hollow Campground, Gilbert, 10 miles away
Hatfield McCoy/WV Outback ATV & Cabin Rentals, Matewan, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 62 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 62 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 11 miles away
Chief Logan State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Breaks Interstate Park., Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork:
Twisted Gun Golf Club, Gilbert , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Sandy River - Tug Fork
R. D. Bailey Lake, Wyoming , 14 miles away

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