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.
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.
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.