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West Virginia whitewater, Big Coal River - Marsh Fork

Raleigh county, Sundial to Whitesville section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     9 miles
 
I believe that the coal river actually has a higher flow in the winter months..... Search data from WVDEP mining data explorer. Says Rooster, CRMW

If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside West Virginia you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The Sundial to Whitesville section of Big Coal River - Marsh Fork in Raleigh County is 9 miles
    long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. Not too many
hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting location is a short drive from Beckley, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. The scenic beauty of Raleigh County and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Sundial to Whitesville stretch  
is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers. The campgrounds here at Big Coal River - Marsh Fork are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Coon Hollow is a tremendous place to explore nearby, and there are plenty of folks from Naoma here at Big Coal River - Marsh Fork. Big Coal River - Marsh Fork gets a good deal of water. The wettest month of the year is usually July, that's the one that rains the most; the driest month is January.

Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Sundial to Whitesville 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, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Sundial to Whitesville)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4.2 miles long (Dry Creek to Sundial)
Peachtree Creek, Raleigh County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.4 miles long (Pineknob to confluence of Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 6 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Ameagle to Whitesville)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 7 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.3 miles long (Arnett to Dry Creek)
Little Coal River - Pond Fork, Boone County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Rocklick to Van)
Sandlick Creek, Raleigh County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.6 miles long (Dameron to confluence with Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.4 miles long (Clear Creek to Ameagle)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 8.5 miles long (Fairdale to Arnett)
Little Coal River. Pond Fork, Boone County, 14 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Van to Madison)
 Ski Areas Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 32 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 100 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
 Marinas Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Chesapeake Boat Club and Marina, Charleston , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Twin Falls State Park, Mullens , 21 miles away
Days Inn Charleston East, Charleston , 21 miles away
Knights Inn Charleston East, Charleston , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express CHARLESTON-KANAWHA CITY, Charleston , 21 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Charleston South, WV, Charleston , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Lake Stephens, Surveyor, 14 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens, 16 miles away
Lake Stephens Campground, Beckley, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 25 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 25 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia , 17 miles away
Kanawha State Forest, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Lakes Near Big Coal River - Marsh Fork
Stephens Lake, Raleigh , 17 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 20 miles away

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