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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: June 26, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Steve Jones, Supt., North Bend State Park 304-643-2931 steve.r.jones@wv.gov


Outdoor Adventure Weekends at North Bend State Park feature mountain biking and kayaking

CAIRO, West Virginia – North Bend State Park helps people get interested in outdoor recreation by offering hikes, swimming and games on a daily basis. However, physical activity options are being cranked up with mountain bike and kayak clinics scheduled over three summer "Outdoor Adventure Weekends."

Mountain bike clinics include three sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours. "It's a get-started program to encourage biking as an outdoor pursuit, said Steve Jones, North Bend State Park superintendent. "However, the clinic also caters to intermediate bikers." Participants must bring their own equipment. Topics covered include "your bike," "ride safely," "basic maintenance," "motor efficiency" and "skill development."

The adventure weekends expand to include kayak clinics that include one training session lasting two hours and one future free rental. Equipment is provided. Basic instruction for flat water kayaking is the dominate focus. Topics include "boats and equipment," "getting started," "skill development," and "different points of view." Kayaking is conducted on the 305-acre North Bend Lake. Kim Coram is the lead instructor with other qualified instructors assisting. Class size is limited and small groups are welcomed.

Outdoor Adventure Weekend dates are July 5-6, Aug. 16-17 and Sept. 6-7, 2014, at North Bend State Park. The program is open to day visitors or overnight guests. The registration fee is $30 per clinic (bike or kayak) or $50 for both clinics. Advance reservations are required andcan be made by calling 304-643-2931.

Other activities at North Bend State Park are posted at www.northbendsp.com , "To Do/Planned Activities" or the "Events" tab. Overnight accommodations are available at the lodge, cabins or campsites.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Mountain biking and kayaking clinics are scheduled at North Bend State Park July 5-6, Aug. 16-17 and Sept. 6-7, 2014
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Mountain biking and kayaking clinics are scheduled at North Bend State Park July 5-6, Aug. 16-17 and Sept. 6-7, 2014