Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in West Virginia

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in West Virginia. Use this list to plan your next West Virginia flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Coal River: Whitesville to the Kanawha River


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 - 54.5 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#2. Goose Creek: Petroleum to Freeport


This is a pleasant flatwater creek with attractive scenery. Numerous rock walls and ledges are encountered, along with some very small side streams with attractive waterfalls. The current is fast and…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Petroleum, WV - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#3. North Branch of the Blackwater River: Cortland to Camp 70


The North Branch at Cortland also travels through the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. This area was set aside for the protection of the region’s unique plant and animal species. It is possible…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia"
Cortland, WV - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 9 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#4. Bonds Creek: Pike to Cornwallis


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 - 8 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press