Valley Falls State Park

Trip Start Feb 17, 2011
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Trip End Oct 23, 2011


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whitewater kayaking

Flag of United States  , West Virginia
Sunday, July 31, 2011

Today we got up early packed up camp, all of our gear, loaded boats, made a breakfast stop at the local Exxon and made a two hour and a half hour drive north to Valley Falls State Park.

Unfortunately both George and Craig had to head back to Virginia so they didn't come along with us. Kathy and I were both headed home but decided to make a stop here along the way. James. Scott, John, Lisa and Bob were heading north to run the Yough on Monday so they also made a stop here. 

Valley Falls is a state park in Fairmont, WV that has several runnable waterfalls. James has been here before and was able to show us the lines through several of the park's waterfalls and water-slides. 

All kayakers must stop and sign a waiver before being allowed to run the falls. There are also many spectators watching the action. We walked around looked at the lines through all the waterfalls. 

James chose an easier line through a middle waterslide to start everyone off on. Everyone landed cleanly. The second drop was a true waterfalls, maybe about 1-12 feet high. All of the slides and falls had clean pools at the bottom so swims weren't too problematic and from the looks of things going on there were many people taking their first waterfalls runs and swimming. 

Valley Falls is a great place to hold an intro to waterfalls clinic and a great place to go to run your first clean waterfall and slide. You could spend hours here just running drop after drop. 
 
We ran some drops and took some pictures and video before continuing on our way home from our very fun weekend at the Yough and New Rivers. 

Valley Falls State Park info: http://www.valleyfallsstatepark.com/
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