The Guyandotte River is a river that has newly been designated a water trail. It flows through the heart of southern West Virginia and includes forested hills, coal mining history and small communities. The water trail website (linked below) is a great resource that highlights the history of the area and communities you will find along the trail. The Guyandotte River includes about 170 canoeable miles from Amigo to the Ohio River at Huntington. There is one section of the river from Simon to R.D. Bailey Lake that is class I-III whitewater. Otherwise, the whole river is flowing water to class I. There are twenty four put-in/take-out locations along the river. R.D. Bailey Lake goes from about mile forty to fifty five and includes the Guyandotte Campground (see link below).
The Guyandotte River is located in southern West Virginia. It flows from just southwest of Beckley to Huntington. Google directions below are to the outflow of R.D. Bailey Lake. See the map for other access points.