Former Carbide camp on New River island hosts array of free activities

SANDSTONE — Instructors can’t help but brag on the facilities now offered to them in central West Virginia.

“If I were to design an on-river site to teach people the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, this would be it,” said SUP instructor Erin Clay, as she led a group of six novices to their first lesson at a public stream access area at the National Park Service’s Camp Brookside, a former Union Carbide summer camp perched on a 32-acre island in the New River between Sandstone and Hinton in Summers County.

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