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Guyandotte River float, regatta scheduled for June 24

GILBERT, W.Va. — Officials with the Guyandotte Water Trail Alliance are inviting paddlers and residents of the Guyandotte Valley in West Virginia to float...

Early registration set for annual Coal River float trip

Kayaks await the annual Tour de Coal near the Upper Falls on the Coal River.
Expecting to break attendance records again, organizers of one of the most popular river floats in the U.S.—the annual Tour de Coal—are opening registration...

June 1 float supports West Fork, now prime kayak-fishing destination

Paddlers gather during the 2018 Float the Fork on the West Fork River.
The West Fork River is fast becoming one of the state's most exciting destinations for kayak fishing, according to a spokesman for a river-restoration...

Flatwater paddling expanding quickly across West Virginia

Efforts to open water trails across West Virginia are also helping build its communities economically.
West Virginia is growing rapidly as a destination for flatwater paddling, welcoming a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts who are discovering the magic of...

More than 1,000 kayaks expected at burgeoning W.Va. festival

Kayakers float Coal River, expected to fill with more than a thousand kayaks June 16.
A record-breaking 1,000 kayakers are expected to participate in the 14th annual Tour de Coal community float trip Saturday, June 16, on the Coal...

Kayaks opening Guyandotte valley to new exploration

Kayakers ready to launch into the Guyandotte. Photo courtesy Guyandotte Water Trail.
The valley of the Guyandotte might be counted among West Virginia's more remote regions. Devil Anse Hatfield was born and died here, and the...

Parks celebrate Canoe Day; Beech Fork offers group paddle

A youth canoes at Beech Fork State Park.
Officials in the West Virginia state park system are encouraging visitors to celebrate National Canoe Day June 26 by taking a canoe or kayak...

Guyandotte communities celebrate with five July 14 float trips

Guyandotte River at Logan, West Virginia, Logan County, Hatfield & McCoy Region
Communities along the Guyandotte River in south-western West Virginia are celebrating the restoration of the scenic waterway July 14 with an inaugural kayak and...

Upper New River in Va. offers plenty of rapids, too

Kayakers rest between rapids on the New River in Virginia.
One of the oldest rivers in the world, the New River courses more than 300 miles through North Carolina, Virginia, and, perhaps most famously,...

Registration opens for annual Elk River float trip at Sutton

Paddlers float the Elk River below Sutton Dam. Courtesy Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
As many as 500 participants are expected to attend the sixth annual Elk River Float Trip June 8 at Sutton, West Virginia, in Braxton...

Help build guide to booming West Virginia paddling events

Racers on stand-up paddleboards ply the New River near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Photo courtesy Active SWV.
Paddling sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are increasing in popularity in the Mountain State, and editors at West Virginia Explorer are asking...

North Bend offers kayak, rappel, mtn.-bike courses June 10

Encouraging visitors to try new outdoor activities, rangers at North Bend State Park this weekend are offering introductory courses in kayaking, rappelling, mountain biking. Park...

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