In 2018, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife produced a video and article that explores the Tug River, infamously known for being the dividing line between the feuding Hatfields and McCoys. There are many other stories to be told along the tug as well, with the river flowing to the town of Matewan, known for being the site of a labor uprising that resulted in the “Matewan Massacre”. These heart-wrenching stories are only pieces of a much broader and colorful heritage, and suit this rugged yet beautiful landscape that outdoor enthusiasts crave.
Big Fish & Rich History
Paddling the eastern borderlands in search of big fish and rich history – Written by Lee McClellan.
Click here to explore The Tug Fork’s rich history, and learn details on fishing & floating down the Tug Fork River.
Each weekend in October, whitewater rafting is available on the Russell Fork River in beautiful Elkhorn City, Kentucky. Elkhorn City has become the go-to place for whitewater enthusiasts, outdoor adventure seekers, and kayakers of any skill level.
The Russell Fork River, which flows through Elkhorn City, offers a range of challenge levels, from the fun class II rapids to the more exhilarating class IV and higher rapids. Traverse through two beautiful states as you experience the river that kayakers all over have come to know and love. Check out Dane Jackson’s 2014 winning run on the Russell Fork:
Hotels Near the Russell Fork River
Pike County’s lodging options covers a wide variety of high quality establishments. From your favorite hotel chains such as Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, to our unique locally owned inns such as The Landmark Inn and the Hatfield & McCoy Lodge at the Riverside, you can always expect a friendly smile and a clean and relaxing rooms at any rate. Very few locales offers a chance to experience wild beauty & nature, profound American history, unique live entertainment and also top quality lodging. In Pike County, hospitality is a way of life, so come and enjoy what we have to offer. We can’t wait to meet you!
Another exciting whitewater rafting season in Elkhorn City, Kentucky is winding down. Steve Ruth, a kayaking enthusiast for the area, was kind enough to allow us to post some of the photos he gathered from the Lord of the Fork whitewater kayak race. Check them out below.
Want to a full Appalachian outdoor experience for one low price? Book a Zip, Paddle & Saddle adventure for one low price. From ziplining in our beautiful Appalachian mountains, to horseback riding on our scenic horse trail and kayaking on the quiet Levisa Fork River, the Zip, Paddle & Saddle package covers everything you need for an outdoor adventure trip.
Hours of Operation: Friday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For booking, call Muddy Boots at 606-794-9881
Zipline Safety Rules & Departure
Because safety is very important to us here are a few things to remember:
– Zip line rides in all weather with the exception of lightning and high wind. If tour must be cancelled rain checks will be issued.
– Maximum weight is 250lbs.
– Minimum weight is 70lbs.
– The minimum age is 8 years old.
– Closed-toed shoes are required.
– Riders under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
– Riders must follow all posted safety rules and regulations.
– No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted to ride.
– Riders must be in good physical health and will be required to walk and climb steps.
Departure Location White Lightning Zip Lines
500 Bob Amos Drive
Pikeville KY 41501
The wild and beautiful Russell Fork River runs through Elkhorn City in Pike County, Kentucky. Many outdoor thrill-seekers know that October means white water season in Eastern Kentucky, and Kentucky Whitewater is ready to outfit their outdoor excursion. The Russell Fork River is perfect for kayakers and rafters of varying degrees of skill, from novice to expert. Kentucky Whitewater offers rafting and kayaking trips as well as instruction for ages 6 and up. They also offer a variety of programs to help kayakers and rafters get acquainted with this exciting hobby, such as swiftwater rescue training, river safety, gear/boat repair, and more. The Russell Fork River’s rapids are waiting for you, plan your trip today!