Upper Cheat River Water Trail

Kingwood, WV

The Cheat River’s status as one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the eastern United States provides a wealth of recreational opportunities. From some of the most difficult white water runs in West Virginia to some of the best trout fishing throughout Appalachia, the Cheat offers an escape for everyone.

A water trail, simply put, is a trail for boats. It consists of a network of access points, resting areas, and points of interest for users of human-powered watercraft on lakes and rivers. Often referred to as a ‘school house without walls,’ water trails engage those who travel their waters in ecological preservation and stewardship of public lands. 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 trips of various lengths and scenic opportunities. The Cheat’s status as a biodiversity hotspot means wildlife encounters are typical – 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.

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