Greenbrier River


The Greenbrier River is a classic canoeing stream in West Virginia that starts in the mountains near Spruce Knob and Laurel Fork. It flows through both rural farmland and forested areas that are more wild in nature. From the joining of the East and West Forks of the Greenbrier River at Durbin, the main stem of the Greenbrier flows for about 150 miles to the New River. The sections highlighted below are great beginner whitewater kayak runs, but with the features of a large river, should be considered intermediate canoe runs. There are also five sections that are less difficult and better for canoes. Greenbrier River Campground is located on the river in between Fort Spring and Alderson. They offer canoe rentals, a shuttle service and camping facilities. Watoga State Park is located between Marlinton and Denmar and has a campground on the river.

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The Greenbrier River is located in eastern West Virginia flowing from the high mountains of Pocahontas County to the New River at Hinton. On its journey, the river passes through the towns of Durbin, Cass, Marlinton, Alderson and near Lewisburg. Google directions below are to the put in at Fort Spring. See the GPS points for each section for other put-in and take-out locations.




  • A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia
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