Regional outfitters provide a variety of services

Both the Clinch and Holston Rivers, located in Scott County provide local outfitter services for floating and other needs. On a regional level, however, there are several outfitters that cater not only to floating, but also fishing and hunting needs. This list provides a resource if you need additional services.

Adventure Mendota

3672 Swinging Bridge Road, Mendota Virginia 24270


Adventure Mendota is the perfect destination for a day full of fun and adventure with family and friends. Our newly acquired family-owned and operated business has been serving the local community for many years, and we strive to continue to offer the same quality service our customers have come to expect. Our kayak and tube rentals are the perfect way to experience the scenic beauty of the area. Contact us today to learn more about our services and start planning your next adventure!

Single Kayak: $40

River Tube: $15


Big Bore Outfitters

Big Bore specializes in hunting and fishing equipment for the avid outdoorsman. Located in downtown Big Stone Gap, our shop is conveniently located near several stocked trout streams and mountain lakes.

412 Clinton Avenue East, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 /

(276) 523-4867


Clinch Life Outfitters

Clinch Life Outfitters, Inc. established in October 2016, serves as the leader in the outdoor recreation industry in the Clinch River Valley, specifically the region of The Clinch – future home of the Clinch River State Park.
Clinch Life Outfitters provides the products, services and support for a wide range of outdoor recreational activities including kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing and ATVing.

Clinch Life Outfitters offers kayak rentals, guided kayak tours and guided kayak fishing trips as well as guided bank fishing.  All guided tours and fishing experiences include all gear, bait, tackle and equipment. We carry camping supplies, hunting gear and ammo, Ruffwear dog supplies, fishing tackle and live bait.  We also provide a wide selection of vintage items including clothing, books and collectibles that are geared toward the outdoors.

Clinch Life Outfitters is locally owned and operated.  We strive to make our store a comfortable place to allow friends and neighbors to gather to tell their stories about the outdoors.  Stop by and say hello, show off your picture on our bragging board, or book a kayak rental with us the next time you are in our Hometown on the Clinch.

3022 5th Avenue, St. Paul, VA 24283

(276) 608-6907


Clinch River Adventures

Come Get Drenched in the Clinch!!!!

Clinch River Adventures is located in the Heart of Appalachia on the most bio diverse river in America, the Clinch River.

We currently offer the following services:

Tubing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Fishing Kayaks, Shuttle Services — for individuals with their own watercraft

Clinch River Adventures is a great experience for anyone, whether you’re an adventurous kayaker or you just want to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing float down the river on a tube. Check us out on Facebook to see why tourists are visiting Southwest Virginia just to experience Clinch River Adventures!!!

**Conveniently located on Route 58A between Abingdon & Wise**

16640 Riverside Drive, St. Paul, VA 24283

(276) 275-4154


Clinch River Life

Conveniently located on the Clinch River at Duffield, Clinch River Life offers tube rentals Fri., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  The site also has five primitive campgrounds, with picnic tables and a fire ring.  A Port-o-Potty is available for use.

Water Activity Pricing as follows:

  • Ages 11 and up $15, shuttle service, tube and life vest included
  • Ages 10 and under $10, shuttle service, tube and life vest included
  • Group rate $13.  Group rates apply to adults in groups of 6 or more.  Shuttle service, tube and life vest included
  • Water Proof Phone Cases $5
  • Shuttle Services Only $5
  • Water and Gatorade $1
  • Cooler floats $5

Everyone floats at their on risk.  We require everyone to take a life vest.  Kids must wear vests at all times.

$20 per night during week $25 on weekend.  Most of our camping is being booked through HipCamp.com


  • Floats take between 90 Minutes to 3 hours depending on the water levels and wind.  We schedule shuttle departures every 30 minutes.  Please arrive early and be ready to depart at your scheduled time.  We will do our best to stay on time.  We shuttle you up the river approximately 2 miles and you float back to the parking/staging area.
  • We shuttle you up the river approximately 2 miles and you float back to the parking/staging area.
  • Sunscreen and Shoes are strongly recommended.  Flip Flops are discouraged.
  • Coolers are allowed, we recommend soft sided coolers.  No Glass.  No Littering.   We will do our best to allow an extra float for coolers.  We have a few round cooler floats that you pour your ice and drink into for rent. 

For reservations, call (276) 690-9199 or via email at clinchriverlife@gmail.com

15265 Orby Cantrell Highway , Duffield, VA 24244

(276) 690-9199


Esembee Adventure Company

Explore the mountains of Virginia on a side-by-side ATV. Spearhead Trails Mountain View Trail System runs through the hills and covers over 5,000 acres that are accessible by ATVs. Esembee Adventure Company covers all of the necessities to make your side-by-side ATV adventure unbeatable, including helmet, goggles, trail map, and a full tank of gas!

If you’re looking for a great adventure on or around the Clinch, we’ve got you covered there too! We rent tubes, kayaks, bicycles, sports equipment and fishing gear. Whatever you want your day of outdoor adventure to include, it’s likely you’ll find all the gear here at Esembee!

If you’re wanting to extend your stay, check out our Ridge Runner Campground or Cabin in the Woods!

3051 4th Avenue, St. Paul, VA 24283

(276) 455-0550


Hot Rod Rentals LLC

If you’re wanting to experience Spearhead’s Coal Canyon Trails but don’t have an ATV/UTV, you’ve come to the right place. Hot Rod Rentals offers Polaris Ranger 570 and Kawasaki Teryx 800 rentals so you can get up close and personal with southwest Virginia’s hills and valleys! Located just 4 miles from the Coal Canyon Trail System in the ATV-friendly town of Grundy, your adventure awaits!  

Coal Canyon is perfect for a mixed-use system, with 127 miles over 5,600 acres with a balanced number of beginner, intermediate, and expert opportunities. What are you waiting for? 

For more information or to reserve your ride, contact us at hotrod.rentals1@gmail.com or call 276-245-5060. 

Visit us on Facebook.

2578 Poplar Creek Road, Grundy, VA 24614

(276) 245-5060

Mendota Expeditions, LLC.

9310 Appaloosa Rd., Bristol, VA  24202

Text or call:  276-696-2742

Tubing (Short run — Approximately 1 mile or 45 minutes to one hour:  $15

Tubing (Long run — Approximately 3 miles or four hours) $25

Kayaking (Long run — Approximately 2.5 hours:  one-person kayak is $30 and two-person kayak is $40

Bicycle / Hiker Shuttle to Benhams is $12 or to Bristol is $16. Four to 14 people per shuttle.

Short Run Tubing and Trailblazing (Shuttling) Package starting in June on the weekdays is $22. This includes shuttle service to Benhams for bicycles or hikers at 9 a.m. (four-person required). Park at Mendota trailhead and be shuttled to Behnams with your bike to ride 7.75 miles slightly downhill to the river. Have lunch at the Store at Mendota or picnic at the trailhead  and  then tube with Mendota Expeditions in the afternoon. A fun outdoor adventure day.


Mountain View Trails – ATV Rentals

Explore Mountain View Trails on an ATV!

Mountain View Trail offers 100 miles of mountain trails which connect our ATV friendly town of St Paul, VA to Coeburn, VA. Part of the Spearhead Trails, Mountain View Trail is the Premiere OHV Trail System.

Our Polaris inventory includes 4-seater ATV’s. All machines are equipped with electric start, reverse, 4-wheel drive, automatic transmissions and power steering for smooth, effortless maneuvering for your riding pleasure. Polaris has accessorized all of our RZR’s with roofs, lower doors, and half windshields to make your experience the best it can be.

half-day rentals start at just $300.

Visit our website to reserve an ATV or weekend ATV adventure package.

3025 4th Avenue, St Paul, VA 24283

(276) 738-3040


Outdoor Adventure Centers

Whether it’s kayaking, playing, relaxing, hiking, caving, exploring, fishing, or just making memories, let us help you with your next adventure. The OAC was formed to connect Adventurers to every possible outdoor experience available by promoting site-specific Vendors, Lodging and Locations. This is some of the services that we offer:

Fish or Play- Kayak Rental – We have several kayak options from half day rental to week-long fully outfitted touring kayaks with tents and camping equipment. We rent only the best kayaks to ensure a comfortable and safe ride. Come experience the as never before.  The Clinch is one of the most biodiverse river systems on the planet. Check out the link, http://www.clinchriverva.com/biodiversity/. Give us a call to book your Clinch River Experience!! Hiking Gear Rental – Wide variety of fully outfitted backpack options.  Build your own pack with whatever you want in it and head out!!  Packs, Tents, Sleeping Bags, Headlamps, Hammocks, Hydro-bottles, Sobist camp stoves and more.Guided Hiking/Caving – come have a look around your area with one of our OAC Mountain Guides.  Let our guide team lead you or your group to some of the most breathtaking sites in your area.    Bicycle Rental – Mattie’s Place in Burke’s Garden

367 Drews Lane, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609

(276) 971-3038

Pathfinders & High Knob Outdoor Adventures

Pathfinders is the premiere outdoor adventure outfitter in Southwest Virginia offering sales and rental equipment, as well as training, for those who want to SEIZE THE MOMENT! 

Pathfinders Outdoor Adventures serves Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton providing training, retail sales, outdoor equipment rentals, adventure travel concierge services, and adventure event promotions. If you’re in the market watersports, hiking, biking and wilderness survival gear, Pathfinders has both in store and online sales and highly trained experts to assist with all your outdoor activities. They are dedicated to helping visitors and residents find a safe and fun path to outdoor adventure in the Heart of the Appalachian Mountains! Located within 5 to 45 minutes from their location are seven mountain lakes, abundant streams, camping, hiking/biking/birding/equestrian trails, bouldering and rock climbing locations, Spearhead Trails ATV/OHV trails as well as many musical stops along the Crooked Road.  And, they are only 10 minutes away from the official Norton-hosted Sasquatch/Woodbooger Sanctuary at Flag Rock!

-Fishing Gear
-Survival Gear
-Knives & Tomahawks
-Hydration Systems
-Climbing Gear
-Camping Gear
-Canoes/Kayaks/Stand Up Paddleboards
-Training in Firearms, Outdoor Survival and much more! 

Come, find your path to adventure at Pathfinders Outdoor Adventure!

534 Park Avenue, Norton, VA 24273

(276) 219-4002


Riverbound X-Stream

At Riverbound we seek to establish and promote our water resources as quality flyfishing destinations for all those who would share our vision of unspoiled places, magnificent fish, and good company. All this without the burden of time, money and travel associated with exotic trips. So, here at Riverbound: Catch trophy trout every day!!! On over 10 miles of private water On 4 different creeks and rivers.  No, not in Alaska, Canada, Chile, or New Zealand.  Right here in Southwest Virginia, U.S. A. Flyfishing only. Catch and Release only. Barbless hooks.  Fishing is open to the public for a fee, or join as a member of the club.  For reservations and information contact Jake Musick at 304-922-4563.  For detailed information visit our website.

582 Cliffside Drive, Lebanon, VA 24266

(276) 889-2550

Stone Mountain Adventures

We are the area’s only outdoor adventure destination. Currently we are offering guided tours of local attractions. We have kayaks, tubes, bikes, peddle boats for the adventure of your choice. We also do seasonal ghost/haunted house tours, night floats, hikes and more. We shuttle you to and from your destination, we’re group/family friendly and are sure to make your day (or night)!

Tours and guided adventures include:
Guest River Gorge
Devil’s Bathtub
Little Stony Falls
High Knob
Clinch River
Powell River
Mountain Bike Rentals
Kayak Rentals
Float Rentals

Visit our website to reserve your adventure at stonemountainadventures.com and find us on Facebook for inspiration at facebook.com/stonemountainadventuresllc

1104 Kentucky Avenue SE, Norton, VA 24273

(276) 207-7024

For additional regional information, visit The Heart of Appalachia at http://theheartofappalachia.com and Spearhead Trails at http://spearhead trails.com


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