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Discover the top 10 whitewater destinations in West Virginia


​​​No matter which class of rapids paddlers are determined to take on, West Virginia is the place to find them. Here among the Alleghenies and Blue Ridge mountains, beginners and experts alike are bound to find the perfect run.

As can be expected, all of these clean-flowing mountain rivers boast different classes of rapids, some of which are for experts only. Most rapids are also seasonal, which adds an entirely different element to the experience of navigating them.

Whether kayakers and rafters wish to enjoy nature’s beauty with some swimming, rock jumping, and photo ops or put brains and brawn to the test, one or more of the top 10 whitewater rapid spots in West Virginia is where it’s at. From gentle streams to Class V+ rapids, the Mountain State truly is a paddler's paradise.

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