PADLZ Canoe & Kayak Rentals-Opening Weekend

Opening weekend 2018! Come join the fun out on the water! All ages and skill levels welcome! We at Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals pride ourselves in customer service providing fast, courteous and inexpensive rental services. We are a family-owned, family (and dog) friendly place! We offer sit on top kayak and canoe rentals on the Bruceton Mills Lake – the body of water located above the dam. All skill levels and ages welcome on this flat water, scenic, fishing section of the Big Sandy River.

Tour the Historic Home of George Bird Evans

The Old Hemlock Foundation will open the historic home of George Bird Evans and his wife, Kay Evans, to public tours. The 1782 deeded property is on the National Register of Historic Places. The log home was built in circa 1815. The tours will tell about lives of George and Kay. This tale of love of mountains, art, music, fine writing and English Setters will share about George as an artist, author of mysteries and upland hunting, and breeding the Old Hemlock Line of English Setters. We have two public tours per year. All other visits are by appointment. There are approximately three miles of trails Old Hemlock. Visitors are welcome to use them just by dropping an email to so we know you are on the property.

The West Virginia Hitchers

The original “Hitchers” was very guitar-centric with pedal steel and percussion layered on top. The new “WV Hitchers” is a more authentic Folk-Americana sound, relying on the powerful songwriting and smooth vocals of Maria that melds with the strength of the lead guitar position, now occupied by Chuck on his pedal steel. Dan and Creed fill out the mix with Dan’s subtle and steady percussion as well as Creed’s tastefully rich bass lines. Tickets $5, kids 6 and under get in free.

Halftime String Band

The Halftime boys have entertained audiences from coast to coast with their unique blend of acoustic Americana music. Often described as “jam grass”, the band, while having a strong bluegrass influence, does not include the standard elements of a traditional bluegrass band. (There is no banjo or fiddle in the group), and the song selection covers a wide array of musical styles. In addition to an eclectic song selection, the band also performs a number of original compositions. Halftime String Band consists of: Jason Jaros (guitar and vocals), Fred Crozier (mandolin and vocals) and Bob Spangler (upright bass and vocals). A “Halftime” show brings audiences to their feet and puts smiles on their faces. Tickets are $5, kids 6 and under get in free.

Cooper’s Rock Stump Jump

Hop some rocks and jump some stumps at the third annual Coopers Rock Stump Jump! 10K Trail Run. Celebrate the start of fall at Coopers Rock State Forest as trail runners tackle a beautiful and challenging 6.2-mile foot tour or our favorite local forest. Early bird registration until August 19th. Register online at

Cooper’s Rock Climbing Guides Kids Camp

Located at Cooper’s Rock State Forest, this 7 hour day camp is offered for children 8-12 years of age. The guides of CRCG will lead a scavenger hunt that takes them climbing, rappelling, and hiking through cool rock features in Coopers Rock State Forest.

Insane Inflatables 5K

The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming to your neck of the woods! Get ready to experience the most fun, wild and insane obstacle run in the world. Get “pumped up” for a course filled with the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles ever created. Here’s your chance to be a kid at heart, and insane by choice! The earlier you sign up the cheaper your ticket will be! For more information, go to