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Hundreds of canoe and kayak enthusiasts tour the Walhonde Water Trail each year. The 88-mile water trail is a major recreational and tourist attraction on the Little Coal and Big Coal Rivers in Boone, Lincoln and Kanawha Counties. The Walhonde Water Trail is recognized nationally as one of the premier water trails and the only in-state water trail in West Virginia. Several access points to the Walhonde Water Trail are clearly marked with signage along the River, and free brochures are available to the public at various kiosks and other amenities in each of the counties.

Spend a day or two enjoying the beautiful waters of the Big and Little Coal Rivers on the Walhonde Water Trail, one of West Virginia's "Best Kept Secrets". For more information please contact Bill Currey, the chairman of the Coal River Group at (304) 419-4417. There's no fee to travel the water trail, so happy paddling.

Coal Heritage Museum Brochure [435kb PDF] Boone Heritage and Arts Center [119kb PDF]

Boone County is home to WaterWays, billed as West Virginia's Water Park. The facility is located just off Corridor G (U.S. 119), halfway between Charleston and Madison. The water park features two giant downhill water slides, junior Olympic size pool, a children's pool, lazy river, miniature golf, and picnic facilities. Remember, the fun never stops at WaterWays, open from Memorial Day through August 16, 2015. www.waterwayspark.com

Riverview Country Club Located on Route 17 5 minutes from Madison,
Riverview was built in 1970 and offers fun for the entire family. If want a true golfing adventure, this is it. Tree blind shots and difficult shots present plenty risk reward moments for all skill levels. You will hit every club in your bag.  So get away from the city and enjoy the fresh moutain air and southern hositality at Riverview Country Club.

The Hatfield-McCoy Recreational Trails Authority's system covers nine southern West Virginia counties including Boone. In 2017, 80 miles of trails will be added in the Madison area. Riders MUST purchase a permit. Along with permits, riders will receive a project map with directions to the trail head center and a list of rules, and accommodations. ATV enthusiasts can download trail maps from the Hatfield-McCoy Recreational Trails Authority's official web site:


Helpful information for trail users:

Obey all user rules (see the handbook).
Obey all signs, gates, and barriers.
Stay on the marked trails.
Adult supervision is required for those under age 16.
Do not leave any trash or litter behind.
No fires. No camping on the trails.
No alcoholic beverages may be consumed or carried.
Display user fee permit at all times.
Drive or ride at a speed reasonable for conditions.
ATV operators must meet manufacturers minimum age requirements.
No passengers on any ATV --- No exceptions.
Everyone must wear a DOT, SNELL or other approved helmet and protective eye gear.
Motorcycles and ATVs must have a properly functioning muffler and USFS approved spark arrestor.
Stop when signaled by a Ranger.
Carry photo identification at all times.

Other outdoor activities and recreation abound in Boone County including excellent fishing and hunting opportunities.

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