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West Virginia whitewater, Guyandotte River

Wyoming county, Simon to R D Bailey Lake backwaters section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     8 miles
  The Simon to R D Bailey Lake backwaters section of Guyandotte River in Wyoming County is 8 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The scenic beauty of West Virginia and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. The starting location is a short drive from Bluefield, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting
    or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so if you're not from around here
don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but if you don’t have reservations you might end up sleeping  
in your car. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Simon here at Guyandotte River, and if you wish for a little side visit, try Barn Hollow. A tour to Guyandotte River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to nearby Panther State Forest. All through the warm months at Guyandotte River temperatures are frequently in the 80's with overnight lows in the 60's. Highs through the winter are typically in the 40's, and night lows in the 20's for Guyandotte River.

Guyandotte River, Simon to R D Bailey Lake backwaters 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 Guyandotte River.
 Whitewater Near Guyandotte River:
Guyandotte River, Wyoming County, 2 miles away
      Class I-III - 8 miles long (Simon to R D Bailey Lake backwaters)
Little Huff Creek, Wyoming County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Confluence with Muzzle Creek to Justice)
Buffalo Creek - Guyandotte Tributary, Logan County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 3.2 miles long (Accoville to Man)
Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, McDowell Mingo WV Buchannan VA County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.7 miles long (Panther to Wharncliffe)
Big Sandy River - Tug Fork, Mingo WV/Pike KY County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 8.8 miles long (Wharncliffe to Devon)
Little Coal River - Pond Fork, Boone County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 13.8 miles long (Rocklick to Van)
Little Coal River. Pond Fork, Boone County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 12.2 miles long (Van to Madison)
Pinnacle Creek, Wyoming County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 11 miles long (CR 18 bridge to confluence with Guyandotte River)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 23 miles away
      Class I-II - 9 miles long (Sundial to Whitesville)
Peachtree Creek, Raleigh County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 1.4 miles long (Pineknob to confluence of Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
 Ski Areas Near Guyandotte River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 43 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 77 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 78 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Guyandotte River:
Candlewood Suites LOGAN, Logan , 21 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LOGAN, Logan , 23 miles away
BEST WESTERN Logan Inn, Chapmanville , 28 miles away
Rodeway Inn Chapmanville, Chapmanville , 28 miles away
Super 8 Richlands/Claypool Hill Area, Claypool Hill , 29 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Guyandotte River:
Guyandotte Area 2, Simon, 1 miles away
Guyandotte Area 3, Simon, 1 miles away
Guyandotte Area 4, Simon, 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Guyandotte River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 44 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 44 miles away
Panther State Forest, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia , 21 miles away
Chief Logan State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Guyandotte River:
Clearfork Valley Golf Course, Oceana , 10 miles away
Twisted Gun Golf Club, Gilbert , 15 miles away
Twin Falls State Park Golf, Mullens , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Guyandotte River
R. D. Bailey Lake, Wyoming , 5 miles away

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