A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia Guide Book

by Charlie Walbridge et al (Menasha Ridge Press)
A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia  by Charlie Walbridge et al

352pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0897325451

For the past 30 years, dog-eared copies of Wildwater West Virginia have found permanent homes in the glove boxes and bookshelves of serious whitewater paddlers. While this classic guide now sports a new look and a new title, you'll find the same high-caliber advice that thousands of paddlers have relied on while paddling the streams and rivers of the Mountain State. Inside are updated descriptions of all the classic rivers, including the Gauley, the New, and the Meadow, as well as exciting new reports of today's steep creek runs. Each river description highlights critical information about difficulty, steepness, and scenery, as well as vital gauge and shuttle information. Whether you're an experienced paddler or are just starting out, you'll want to grab a copy of the definitive guide to whitewater in West Virginia.

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Trails from the "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 93.
... Preview: This is one exciting little stream. It’s hard to catch up, and when it is up, everything else is screaming. The scenery alternates between pleasant woods and coal mines, haul roads, railroad tracks, a ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Oakmont, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: This small stream tumbles through beautiful, sparsely settled country. It’s a key tributary of the Greenbrier and one of the few in the state protected by legislation. The river from Neola to Blue Ben ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Neola, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: The Back Fork above Sugar Creek is a pretty good run, but getting to the put-in is very difficult. It starts with a 1-mile, 1,000-foot downhill carry from the scenic overlook on WV 15 west of Waneta! ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Skelt, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 17.7
... Preview: This spunky little screamer provides excellent entertainment when everything else in the area is too high to run. A road coming out of Friendsville parallels the run so that the water level can be ins ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Friendsville, MD - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: This small creek starts as an intermediate run for about a mile and then changes into one of the strangest creeks you will ever encounter. The many hydraulics are all diagonal and very powerful. All o ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Craigsville, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: Birch River above Boggs is small with most of the gradient near Boggs, where it achieves the Class-4 rating. A mile below Birch Falls, it tapers off to Class 2. Farther down, the run starts out with C ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Boggs, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 23.5
... Preview: The Black Fork’s name, like its water, is the contraction of the Blackwater and the Dry Fork Rivers. Don’t confuse it with its untamed shrew of a mother—the Blackwater, but think of it as a chip off t ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Hendricks, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The Blackwater River has its headwaters in a vast upland swamp in Canaan Valley. Multiple branches funnel the 150-square-mile drainage basin into 2 main forks, which pass through the nineteenth-centur ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Hendricks, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 20.5
... Preview: The Bluestone River, named Momongoseneka by local American Indians, which means “big stone,” meanders a bit in the highlands, collecting water before it carves a deep valley on its way to the New. T ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Eade Mill, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 29.5
... Preview: The first half of this run has good current carrying the boater over gravel bars and past boulder-studded banks, small cliffs, and interesting side ravines. Remains of the area’s oil and gas boom are ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Cornwallis, WV - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: This nasty little cousin to the Bluestone drains the Princeton area, picking up a slight odor of sewage, crosses under the WV Turnpike, and slashes its way down into the Bluestone Gorge. A dubbed Bri ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Eade Mill, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: This deceptive river is extremely sluggish below Buckhannon and its small size in the headwaters area near Alexander belie what is in store for paddlers between Alton (pronounced Elton by the locals) ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Alexander, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 49
... Preview: Bull Run flows along timidly for a few miles before making an abrupt plunge into the Cheat Canyon. Once a clean stream, it has been badly polluted with acid runoff since the early 1970s. The run start ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Jenkinsburg, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: This is a very popular canoeing stream, with good rapids and exquisite scenery. It’s often up in the winter; the snow-covered banks combine with the unusual rock formations for a wonderfully scenic ru ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Cold Stream, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 70
... Preview: Although it is possible to paddle from the confluence of the Marsh Fork in Camp Creek State Park, most boaters put in at the church yard by US 19 over the Bluestone River. This 2-mile section drops ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Camp Creek, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: This is a very pleasant run for intermediates at medium water levels or for advanced paddlers at high water. It is up during most of the winter, and it comes up fast after rainy weather. This is an ex ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Markleton, PA - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 11
... Preview: The Cheat begins in the real mountains of the state as four big forks: Shavers, Glady, Laurel, and Dry, each separated from its neighbors by high mountain ridges. Shavers Fork actually flows on top of ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Parsons, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 69
... Preview: Boiling eddies, big haystacks, and hidden hydraulics keep paddlers focused on the river instead of the dreary scenery. Due to its narrow, steep, banks, it’s a small river with big water. It lacks the ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Richwood, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Though it is a major tributary of the Coal, Clear Fork can only be run when the Coal is at very high levels. Ledges, cars, and furniture form most rapids. It was noted while sitting in an eddy behin ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Ameagle, WV - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 17.5
... Preview: Marsh Fork and Clear Fork combine just above Whitesville to form the Coal River. After merging, the gradient slacks considerably. The water is Class 1 with fair current and some tricky eddies, making ... From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Whitesville, WV - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 54.5