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Coal River Walhonde Water Trail (WV)

Waterways: Big, Little and Coal Rivers
Length: 88 miles
    - currently 9 defined six to 12-mile trail segments
Location: Southern West Virginia
    - Boone, Lincoln & Kanawha counties
Accomodations: Launch sites

The Coal River Walhonde Water Trail is bound to be an adventure regardless of what section you choose to float. There are over 88 miles of river to explore and approximately 17 locations where the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has constructed small boat launches. The Water Trail is designed to provide public access to the Big, Little and Coal Rivers. The Trail utilizes Public Access sites owned or leased by the WV DNR. The trail has been designed by the Coal River Group, a non-profit Watershed Improvement Group.

The Water Trail begins at Whitesville, WV and extends for approximately 30 miles to the junction of the Big and Little Coal Rivers at Alum Creek. The Little Coal River Trail segment begins at Madison, WV and extends along that river watershed to the junction of the Big Coal River at Alum Creek, WV. The Water Trail continues from the junction of the two upper rivers at Alum Creek down the Coal River to Kanawha River at St. Albans, WV.

The Water Trail is designed to provide trips for users of approximately 8 miles in length. (A trip of this length is normally the maximum that an average boater can paddle in a 6-hour day trip.) The Trail traverses areas that are extremely remote and in some cases the route will provide little or no access to public roads or easily accessed contacts with emergency phones or residents. Thus the typical trip segment must be planned carefully by the traveler to ensure safety.

Communities that the trail passes include: Whitesville, Sylvester, Racine, Peytona, Ashford, Emmons, and Alum Creek on the Big Coal Rive and on the Little Coal River the communities include: Madison, Danville, Julian and MacCorkle. The lower Coal River area includes the towns of Upper Falls and St. Albans.

View a larger map of this Water Trail.
Contact Info:
Coal River Group
PO Box 363
St. Albans, WV 25177
Phone: 304-727-0660
website: Watertrail Index

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