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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...

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...

Despite river traffic, the scenic Ohio can be a safe kayaking...

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

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...

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...

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...

West Virginia kayaking fest may now be nation's largest

Kayaks await the annual Tour de Coal near the Upper Falls on the Coal River.
Organizers of an annual flat-water kayaking tour on the Coal River at Saint Albans, West Virginia, say they think their event may now be...

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...

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,...

"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...

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...

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