On The Water

Russell County has multiple Nature Preserves and Wildlife Management Areas that are home to some of the best rivers, lakes, and streams in Southwest Virginia. Whether you and your family want to spend a leisurely afternoon floating down the river, fishing a lake on the top of a mountain or hitting whitewater in your kayak - Russell County is the place for you. 

Clinch River State Park

Flowing in a Southwestward direction from its origin near Tazewell, VA, the Clinch River travels roughly 135 miles through portions of Tazewell, Russell, Wise, and Scott Counties on its way towards the Tennessee state line. With whitewater kayaking, fishing, tubing, and more, the Clinch River is a great choice for those who want to escape into the great outdoors.

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Hidden Valley Lake

As improbable as it may seem, hiding a sixty-acre lake and a narrow valley at 3,600 feet elevation is accomplished near the crest of Brumley Mountain in Washington County and Russell County, VA. The beauty of this high country lake and the ruggedness of the surrounding area make this wildlife area the perfect spot for camping, fishing, hiking, and watersports.

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Big Cedar Creek

Located just south of Lebanon, VA, Big Cedar Creek features hiking and fishing as it meanders through forests and farmland toward the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve and Big Cedar Creek Falls where you will have Class III/IV rapids. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or an advanced paddler, there's plenty to enjoy on Big Cedar Creek.

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Laurel Bed Lake

Laurel Bed is a 330-acre lake that rests on the top of Clinch Mountain at 3,600 feet of elevation. Providing a spectacular setting with scenery rivaling that found at an Adirondack or Canadian natural lake, this area is a popular destination for kayakers.

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Waterfalls To Visit

Tank Hollow Waterfalls at Cleveland Barrens

Big Cedar Waterfalls at the Pinnacle