When the water level along the Floyds Fork is right, it is a great place for families and individuals to canoe and kayak. In Beckley Creek Park there are two paddling accesses about a mile apart. With the appropriate water level, a paddle from North Beckley to Creekside should take about 1 to 1.5 hours. This is an ideal paddle for an after-work adventure or for school trips.
North Beckley Paddling Access - located near William F. Miles Lakes off Shelbyville Rd. (500 Beckley Creek Parkway), this access to Floyds Fork is in the bottomland and has its own parking area. Bike racks are available for those planning to bike shuttle. This is also a nice area to check out the stream, and has a gravel bar where you might find mussel shells and fossils lying about.
Creekside Paddling Access - located adjacent to the Gheens Foundation Lodge (1440 Beckley Creek Parkway), this paddling access shares parking with the Creekside amenities, and is serviced by a small road for boat drop-off. Or, if you’re not in the mood for paddling, the large limestone steps to the access offer a nice oasis for visitors looking for a view of Floyds Fork.
From either of these accesses you may paddle downstream to the Fisherville Paddling Access in Pope Lick Park, a three to four hour paddle from the Creekside Access when the creek is flowing at 50-100 cfs.
Check the top right of our web site for real-time creek flow, or click here for the American Whitewater guide to streams and water levels.
Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky offers Saturday and Sunday canoe and kayak rentals on Floyds Fork in The Parklands from April through October, weather and water-level permitting. Blue Moon offers customers their choice of solo and tandem boats as well as, full and half day prices to accommodate a short float along the Fork, or a day-long excursion. Paddling equipment is rented on a first come, first served basis.
Guided tours are available to large groups. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a guided tour.
Parklands Member Discount
Parklands Members receive a 15% discount off kayak and canoe rentals. Learn more about becoming a Parklands member here.