Active Southern West Virginia is inviting the community to participate June 20 in a number of activities at Hawks Nest State Park.

From noon to 3 p.m., the event offers an afternoon of activities for individuals and families alike.

Group Hike — From Hawks Nest Lake, a group will walk to Turkey Spur Creek, which offers cascading waterfalls down the gorge and into the lake. Long pants and sturdy shoes are recommended, as well as bug spray and a bottle of water.

Qi Gong — The low impact practice of Qi Gong can help improve balance and muscle control. Participants are invited to restore their energy with this beginner class on the banks of Hawks Nest Lake. Community Captain Aletha L. Stolar will teach the basic movements of these ancient Chinese martial arts.

No reservations are required. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended, along with a bottle of water.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding — This free class offers participants an opportunity to refresh their paddling skills or have their first paddling experience. Some balance is needed, but first timers can start sitting or kneeling. Community captains will provide instruction and help participants through all the steps to independent standing and paddling.

All equipment is provided and distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Everyone will be asked to sign a waiver of liability.

There will be a 10-minute on-land instruction session and then 20 minutes on the water depending on the crowd.

Youth are encouraged to attend, but must be accompanied by a guardian and the adult must stay on site during the activity.

For more information about these activities, visit Active SWV’s Facebook event page or email

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