Crab Orchard Branch, Virginia, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV(V) (for normal flows)|
|POWELL RIVER AT BIG STONE GAP, VA|
|usgs-03529500||3000 - 20000 cfs||IV(V)||23h34m||213 cfs (too low)|
This micro creek is a trib of the Guest River Gorge near Coeburn VA. Use the
same parking access as you would for the Guest to get to Crab Orchard Branch via the Guest River
Gorge trail. From the parking area, it is about 1 mile to the trailhead for Crab Orchard Branch.
Look for a small footpath cutting away from the main trail to the left, if you cross a small
bridge turn around because you just missed the trail by a few steps.
Crab Orchard is a good high-water alternative when all of the other creeks are SCARY high. Its short length makes it a great spot to run laps on its main drop. After scouting your way, get ready for a FUN ride. This falls drops about 25'.
It wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone at the bottom right of the falls with a rope so any potential situations can be averted here. It wouldn't be a pretty sight chasing boats/bodies out to the Guest at high water.
This drop can be hucked all day long when the creek has the water, so enjoy it if you catch it running!
Lat/longitude coordinates are approximate, from TopoQuest.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.5||Crab Orchard Falls||IV+|