Canoeing in West Virginia

Canoeing Trips in West Virginia

West Virginia is a welcoming state for new and seasoned paddlers alike! Many of the state parks have paddling destinations and kayaks for rent! And if you're looking for something a bit more challenging, there are longer river runs throughout the state. Just make sure you know about the rapids on the river you choose! Find canoeing trips in West Virginia for every level of canoeist. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, canoe rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a canoe trip in West Virginia for you. If you've paddled West Virginia before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

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Guide to Canoeing in West Virginia

West Virginia is a great place for paddling rivers of varying difficulties. Pay attention to water levels as they vary with the seasons. Small inland lakes throughout the state offer additional options for getting your paddle in the water! Here are a few popular paddling destinations in West Virginia:

  • Gauley River
  • Potomac River
  • Walhonde Water Trail

Canoeing Locations In West Virginia

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in West Virginia! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Canoeing Trip in West Virginia

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout West Virginia and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of West Virginia community trip reports below:

Connect with Paddlers in West Virginia

Are you looking to connect with other paddlers about going canoeing in West Virginia? Check out the Message Boards for resources to help you get started.