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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...

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...

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...

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...

"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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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