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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Despite traffic, Ohio River can be a safe kayaking destination

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — As interest increases in kayaking on the Ohio River in West Virginia, officials advise paddlers to be especially attuned to safety. While...

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...

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...

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,...

Ohio River refuge islands in W.Va. increasingly attract kayakers

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — More than 20 virtually forgotten islands in the Ohio River in West Virginia are increasingly attracting kayakers drawn by the opportunity...

W.Va. flatwater trail commission set to build connections

A kayaker leisurely paddles on a West Virginia flatwater trail.
Established a year ago, West Virginia’s flatwater trail commission is moving forward to connect resources for the state’s 14 water trails, including 88 miles...

"Hidden" whitewater run opens to West Virginia paddlers

Paddlers explore a once-hidden landscape opening in the New River.
Rafters and kayakers have been provided another 5.3 miles of whitewater to run in southern West Virginia where an agreement has been reached to...

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