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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

West Virginia’s Cheat River Water Trail Offers the Perfect Summer Adventure

Whether your passion requires a paddle, pole, or swimsuit, Tucker County, West Virginia’s waterways will quench your thirst for outdoor adventure.

The Cheat River Water Trail is an ideal place for some rest and relaxation. Tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of northern West Virginia the Cheat River is a scenic escape within a day’s reach for much of the eastern United States.

“The Cheat River is one of the largest un-dammed watersheds east of the Mississippi River, making for a natural aquatic playground for fishing, boating, swimming and other paddle sports,” Brian Sarfino, Tucker County CVB Marketing Manager, said. “It provides some of the most fun white water runs in West Virginia to some of the best trout fishing throughout Appalachia.”
West Virginia’s Cheat River Water Trail Offers the Perfect Summer Adventure

The formation of the Cheat River’s main stem marks the start of the Upper Cheat River Water Trail with several access points near Parsons and Hendricks. The trail covers nearly 40 miles of beautiful water through calm, flat pools and wide, shallow riffles. Currently, nine existing access points allow for human-powered watercraft trips of various lengths and scenic opportunities.

Visitors may expect to see a brilliant display of the region’s flora and fauna as you meander through the water trail’s scenic valleys, open pastures, and forested mountainsides.

For guided trips on the Cheat River Water Trail, boat rentals, and shuttle service contact Blackwater Outdoor Adventures or Patriots 4 General Store and Outfitter.

Blackwater Outdoor Adventures provides guided whitewater rafting, kayaking, tubing, standup paddle boarding, ducking and camping trips. Patriots 4 offers cabin rentals, as well as kayak, canoe and tubing rentals.

While in the area, don’t miss seeing on land is Blackwater Falls State Park. Within the park visitors will find Blackwater Falls, one of nature’s crowning achievements and West Virginia's most visited park. While its 2,358 acres of rugged natural beauty and towering hardwoods certainly don’t lack standout, jaw-dropping, Instagram-worthy features, the iconic Falls themselves are indisputably the park’s crown jewel. Tucker County is also home to Elakala Falls, Douglass Falls, and Pendleton Falls. Seeing, hearing and feeling the water crash over each falls is a rush all its own.

To download a water trail map or learn more, visit

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