Best Paddling Towns: Fayetteville, West Virginia

North America's Best Paddling Towns

fayetteville Kaare Iverson sits at the edge of Bridge Buttress in New River Gorge, West Virginia and enjoys a sunset over the longest arch bridge in North America. Photo: Kaare Iverson / Tandem Stock

Kaare Iverson sits at the edge of Bridge Buttress in New River Gorge, West Virginia and enjoys a sunset over the longest arch bridge in North America. Photo: Kaare Iverson / Tandem Stock

Fayetteville (pop. 3,000) sits on the edge of the New River Gorge, and just down the road from the Gauley River. As such, it has become a mecca for raft guides and boaters drawn to two of the most fabled commercially outfitted rivers in the world. This is not to mention the countless other river reaches, or the walls of these same gorges that also make Fayetteville a rock climber's delight. Unwinding from a day on the river at one of the town's paddler-owned haunts, such as the Cathedral Café, it's no wonder why so many boaters come to Fayetteville for a season or two, and stay a lifetime.

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This story will appear in the June 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.