White Water Paddling in Lexington, KY

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  1. The Little Sandy River embarks in southern Elliott County and flows northeast to the Ohio River. It carries on for just under 90 miles total and sections of it are ideal for flatwater and lower class rapid paddling.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    95.4 miles
    Duration
  2. Gliding silently down the water, the only sounds heard are ripples over rocks, the chirps of birds, and if lucky, the screech of an eagle. Fun and adventure await on northern Kentucky’s Banklick Creek.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    63.8 miles
    Duration
  3. One of the best paddling adventures around, with a little something for everyone along its 17 miles of blueway, Elkhorn Creek is slowly growing from a hidden gem to a popular paddler’s pursuit.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.4 miles
    Duration
  4. Not for the faint of heart, the Upper Red River offers one of the most remote and worthwhile paddles in all of Eastern Kentucky.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    55.4 miles
    Duration
  5. Deep in the heart of Kentucky lies a little-known creek that most people wouldn’t pay attention to. Paddlers, however, are an inquisitive, adventurous lot, and see the beauty and the potential of small, overlooked creeks.

    Difficulty
    3 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    22.5 miles
    Duration
    Runs go quick, usually less than an hour.
  6. Near the city of Bowling Green in the heart of southern Kentucky, Gasper River offers scenic views and class II rapids for whitewater enthusiasts.

    Difficulty
    2 of 5 diamonds
    From Downtown
    137.2 miles
    Duration
    It usually takes about 3-5 hours to run the rapids on the Gasper.
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