Since Beech Fork State Park is built around a creek and a lake, parks officials want visitors to spend more time paddling around in them.
On June 26, the park will host an event designed to do just that.
“We’re celebrating National Canoe Day with a float trip down through the park,” said Dillard Price, the park’s superintendent. “It will be a 3-mile float, and it will follow the same route where we hope to establish a designated water trail.”
Water trails have become all the rage of late. On June 16, an estimated 1,400 canoeists and kayakers participated in the annual Tour de Coal float trip on Kanawha County’s portion of the popular Coal River Water Trail.
Price said he’d like for Beech Fork to become a destination for water sports enthusiasts in West Virginia’s western counties.
“We have a nice lake, and a great place for paddling,” he said. “People need to know about it.”
He believes the upcoming float is a natural way to introduce them to the resource.
The float will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Price said participants should meet at the boat-launch ramp inside the park. People who show up without boats will be able to rent canoes or kayaks…