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ON THE
HOLSTON
The river is perfect
for well-guided
beginners and
intermediate-level
paddlers.
COURTESY EVA BEAULE

LITTLE RIVER, FLOYD COUNTY
Logistics: Put in on river-right at the Va. 787 bridge
about 7 miles above Snowville. Takeout in Snowville
at the grassy area on river-right just before the Route
693 bridge. About 8 miles, 4-6 hours.
Details: Pass through wooded corridors by way
of this locally beloved New River tributary. Expect
lots of rolling farmland punctuated by the occasional
house, with river widths of about 50-60 feet. A
nice, gentle trip for paddlers of all skill-levels, you'll
catch loads of riffles and Class I rapids, as well as

a good stretch of Class II just before the Snowville
bridge. Gravel bars and wildlife abound. Look for
some neat rocky islands about midway in. There
is no gauge for this trip-if the riffles below the
put-in look runnable, you're good to go!
Outfitter: On the Water in Floyd. The brainchild of native Daniel Sowers, the company services
trips on the Little and New rivers. Boats from $45.
Shuttles from $20. (540) 838-1877. onthewaterinfloyd.com.

NORTH FORK HOLSTON RIVER, WASHINGTON COUNTY
Logistics: Put in about 5 miles downstream of
Saltville at Tumbling Creek at the junction of Va.
611 and 747. (If the short portage down the creek
looks too demanding, follow 611 north for .8 miles
and put in by the small bridge over Pearl Drive.)
Takeout below Morrison Cliff on river-right off of
Va. 611, just below the Route 80 bridge. 8 miles,
4-5 hours.
Details: This beautiful, isolated run begins
about 23 miles northwest of Abingdon and features loads of Class I and II rapids, as well two
small runs of Class IIIs. Along the way, you'll
pass through a narrow valley of Mississippian
limestone-with Little Mountain 1,000-feet above

you on the right and 500-foot hills to your left.
The river is 75-100 feet wide and is perfect for
heavily shepherded novices or intermediate-level
paddlers. The lone hazard, Falls Hill Rapid, is located about 5 miles in, after a trio of footbridges,
approximately 2.5 miles upstream from the Route
80 bridge. With Route 611 following close to the
river, be sure to scout in advance. For water levels,
phone the outfitter.
Outfitter: Adventure Mendota. Situated 20
miles southwest of Abingdon, this outfitter services
the North Fork and surrounding runnable rivers.
Boats from $33. Shuttles from $15. (276) 645-1020.
adventuremendota.com

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