Welcome to the Coal River Watershed
The Coal Rivers (Big, Little and Coal) are locate in the center of the Southern West Virginia Coal Fields. The region topographically is rugged, wild and wonderful. However just a few years ago few would think of the region as a recreational mecca for flatwater Kayaking and fishing. The creation of the Coal River Water Trail has changed that perception and now it is one of the most visited river trail waters in the state. The change has come because of the efforts of the citizen volunteers who know the rivers and wanted to make a difference.
Today the rivers in the Coal River Watershed are seen as an idyllic setting for the growing numbers of recreational Kayakers who are looking for excitement but not necessarily whitewater excitement. We call it the flatwater revolution. The Coal River Water Trail provides a well-marked set of eleven sections which total over 88 miles of available paddling suitable for every kayaker regardless of experience or paddling skills.
Four lane highways criss cross the region providing visitors with easy access to over seventeen excellent launch and take out sites. The trail is well marked with signage and easy to read trail maps provide the first time visitor with common sense directions and GPS coordinates to take the mystery out of finding the ideal day trip.
Visitors to the region are welcomed by accommodating business and residents who want to help you have a great and safe day on the rivers.
While in WV you have a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy our rivers but also experience the action found on the Hatfield and McCoy ATV trails located nearby. Nearby Charleston the Capitol of WV offers a lively night life and restaurants to satisfy the most demanding palate. A visit to the great WV History Museum in Charleston is a must see and a visit to the Coal Museum in Madison, WV is very educational trip.
Fishing has become a major attraction for visitors and fishing in all of West Virginias lakes, rivers and streams is excellent .The Coal Rivers provide a wonderfully diverse fish population and has been recognized particularly for its Smallmouth Bass, Muskie and Walleye trophy catches.