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West Virginia whitewater, Big Coal River - Marsh Fork

Raleigh county, Arnett to Dry Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II+     6.3 miles
  The natural beauty of Raleigh County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in West Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This stretch of Big Coal River - Marsh Fork is 6.3 miles long and is a class II+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater.
    This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Arnett to Dry Creek section is just one of them. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There arenít any
hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Beckley, as you can see on the road map  
further down. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork is a site with many visitors from Arnett. Lick Hollow is right next door to Big Coal River - Marsh Fork and is unquestionably a tremendous place to pop by, and Twin Falls Resort State Park is a great place to stretch your legs a bit. This river has it all. Big Coal River - Marsh Fork is a wet site that gets much rain. The month with most of the rain is July while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation. High temperatures at Big Coal River - Marsh Fork during the long summer days are in the 80's.

Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Arnett to Dry Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork.
 Whitewater Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 1 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.3 miles long (Arnett to Dry Creek)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (Dry Creek to Sundial)
Peachtree Creek, Raleigh County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.4 miles long (Pineknob to confluence of Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 4 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Sundial to Whitesville)
Sandlick Creek, Raleigh County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.6 miles long (Dameron to confluence with Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Fairdale to Arnett)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Ameagle to Whitesville)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.4 miles long (Clear Creek to Ameagle)
Paint Creek, Fayette/ Kanawha County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Westerly to Burnwell)
Little Coal River - Pond Fork, Boone County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Rocklick to Van)
 Ski Areas Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 26 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 92 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 95 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 97 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BECKLEY, Beckley , 16 miles away
Microtel Inn By Wyndham Beckley, Beckley , 16 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Beckley, WV, Beckley , 16 miles away
Comfort Inn Beckley, Beckley , 16 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Beckley, Beckley , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Lake Stephens, Surveyor, 8 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens, 11 miles away
Lake Stephens Campground, Beckley, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 20 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 20 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Hidden Valley Golf, Glen Daniel , 6 miles away
Twin Falls State Park Golf, Mullens , 11 miles away
Clearfork Valley Golf Course, Oceana , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork
Stephens Lake, Raleigh , 11 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 16 miles away

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