Kanawha River - USA, West Virginia

The Kanawha River is West Virginia's largest inland waterway flowing for 97 miles (156 km) past Charleston to the Ohio River and has sustained industrial development since the middle of the 19th century. Formed by the New and Gauley rivers' junction, this waterway flows generally northwest, in a winding course through the Appalachians, past Smithers, Charleston, and St. Albans and enters the Ohio River at Point Pleasant. In colonial times, it was not passable but the removal of rocks and snags on the lower river in the 1840s and the construction of locks and dams from 1875 made it navigable. Now you can reach Kanawha Falls, 30 miles (48 km) above Charleston, at the point where it is joined by the Elk River.