Everywhere your kids can take this little boat of their own…

Want to give the kids a big adventure? Take them duckying down whitewater waves in a little boat of their own.

Duckies are large single- or double-person inflatable kayaks. They are extra stable, and bounce and float down the river like great big rubber ducks.

When kids want to be independent and have adventures on their own, duckying lets you keep close enough for your comfort and just far enough away to give the kids some freedom to have fun. Kids will learn about river navigation and gain confidence as they paddle their duckies.

West Virginia is famed for its whitewater, and that’s partially because we have great whitewater runs for all skill levels. Here are a few calm, beautiful rivers that have enough current and a few ripples to keep it interesting so your kids can play and have fun.

New River

The Upper New River offers 2 sections for families and duckies. The section from Prince to Thurmond has small ripples and waves with tiny rapids, and the section from Thurmond to Cunard gets a little more action with a few rolling waves.

Greenbrier River

The Greenbrier River in Greenbrier County has miles and miles of peaceful but playful whitewater that is scenic and fun for the whole family. With several different places to get in or out of the river, you can spend an hour or all day paddling.

Cheat River

Located in northern West Virginia, the Cheat River offers scenic views in the secluded Cheat River Canyon, and crystal clear water. Low water levels in the summer make the Cheat River the perfect place to cool off and float down the river in a duckie.

Shenandoah & Potomac River

Paddle through the Blue Ridge along the serene waters of the Shenandoah. Float past the historic Harpers Ferry, and enjoy the wilderness around you. There are a few rapids to add some excitement, including one swirling mile-long stretch. Then, you’ll flow into the Potomac, where you’ll hit a few big waves along the scenic route.

Which river will you and your kids explore?


This post was last updated on July 16, 2020