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Difficulty IV(V)
Length 0.25 Miles
Flow Range 3000 - 20000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 48 minutes ago 303 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 11/21/2010 12:00 pm

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions

Crab Orchard Falls

Class - IV+ Mile - 0.5
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20-25' falls. Run this drop center or right center. Do not go left. The drop is backed up by a large slab of rock not too far out from the lip of the falls.


Gage Descriptions

Look for the Powell gauge to be 3000 and rising. This should only be used as an indicator. Also check the Guest paddler gauge on the middle piling of the Rt 72 bridge, should be reading 3' or higher for a run.

Directions Description

We have no additional detail on this route. Use the map below to calculate how to arrive to the main town from your zipcode.

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Attention Virginia Boaters!

Jason Robertson

During the high waters of Spring 2003, there has been a noticeable increase in reported confrontations between boaters and property owners in Virginia. Please remember to be respectful and courteous to property owners; do not trespass; and avoid confrontation in order to preserve access in the future.

Matt Muir




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1198723 11/21/10 Matt Muir Added coords and abstract.
1193824 01/31/07 MtnFork1 n/a