Kanawa Falls is interesting. You can put in at the park below the falls and paddle back up to them. You will find that the falls are incredibly undercut. There is a crack you can paddle up into that adds a little excitement but be very very careful, you'll have to back out.
Boaters have run the falls before but they are strictly off limits now. If you decide to run any of the drops will very likely get arrested. There are warning signs all over the place.
Falls are LEGAL again! Perfect low water park n huck - class 3-4 from 4-6000 but more lines open up and some of the main ones get rowdy at higher flows. Thee is a rapid river left with a boof / hole at the bottom. The main falls lines are river right, you can see these from the parking lot, but there are several in the middle as well. Nothing over 18' but 5 different 15'ers to run with hike up in between. There's even a great squirt seam below the rapid from 4000 to 6000! Cool spot - just be respectful of the fisherman.
Many folks running this again. Nobody getting arrested.
It is too bad there is no access allowed anymore.
When I lived in the area we would run different sections of the falls. It was great for many times when nothing else in the area is running.
Google Earth "Glen Ferris, WV".
Panoramia has some great pictures of the falls. They're awesome.
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