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 canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, giving Parklands visitors an opportunity to see even more of the trails and areas that comprise the nearly 4,000 acres of our park system. Rentals available, weather permitting, April-October. Beginning April 1, 2017, rentals will be offered out of the John Floyd Community Building in Pope Lick Park, 4002 South Pope Lick Road. For more information on prices, hours and availability, please contact Blue Moon at 502-753-9942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided tours are available to large groups. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com to schedule a guided tour.
Parklands Member Discount
Parklands Members receive a 10% discount off kayak and canoe rentals. Learn more about becoming a Parklands member here.