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Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy Water Trail

First-time paddlers enjoy a National Trails Day float

Between Paintsville and Prestonsburg, Kentucky

The Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River has long been used to float the region's economy. This area is rich in Native American, coal mining, and logging history. Now a new water trail boosts tourism potential as well--expanded by the National Park Service, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department, and local partners to include a 40-mile stretch along the Levisa Fork with a new access area for boaters. To complement this effort, Floyd County became the first county in Kentucky to have a certified Swiftwater Rescue Squad and is establishing a training center to teach swiftwater rescue throughout the Southeast.

Photo: First-time paddlers enjoy a National Trails Day float
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