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West Virginia whitewater, Cheat River

Preston county, Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     5 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in West Virginia are easier than the national norm, so keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The starting point is not too far from Morgantown, as you can see on the road map further down. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are plenty of other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This stretch of Cheat River in Preston County
    is 5 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of places for that. There
arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's good length for a morning trip. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Cheat River without first
checking out Dunkard Bottom, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Kingwood here. Summer brings highs in the 80's to Cheat River, and during the night it cools down to the 60's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's, and winter nights come with lows in the 10's to Cheat River. Cheat River is a good place of normal rain. For the period of July this area sees the most rain, and February meanwhile is the driest month.

Cheat River, Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cheat River.
 Whitewater Near Cheat River:
Pringle Run, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above Falls to Cheat River)
Lick Run, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (CR 59 to Cheat River)
Morgan Run, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 1.6 miles long (Rt. 26 to Cheat River)
Saltlick Creek, Preston County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Amblersburg to Rowlesburg)
Green's Run, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 2.2 miles long (CR 52 to Cheat River)
Cheat River, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Below Rowlesburg to above Albright Power Dam)
Cheat River, Preston County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 10.5 miles long (Albright to Jenkinsburg Bridge)
Elsey Run, Preston County, 6 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.4 miles long (from county road to Cheat River)
Muddy Creek, Preston County, 7 miles away
      Class IV - 2.5 miles long (West Virginia 26 to Cheat River)
Buffalo Creek, Preston County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 4.9 miles long (West Virginia 72 to Macomber)
 Ski Areas Near Cheat River:
Wisp, Maryland , 22 miles away, 700 foot drop, 12 lifts, 32 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 27 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania , 41 miles away, 754 foot drop, 15 lifts, 31 runs
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania , 44 miles away, 610 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Springs at Laurel Mountain, Pennsylvania , 52 miles away, 940 foot drop, 5 lifts, 21 runs
Boyce Park, Pennsylvania , 57 miles away, 180 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 58 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 70 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 79 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
 Marinas Near Cheat River:
Sunset Beach Marina, Morgantown , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Cheat River:
The Preston County Inn, Kingwood , 3 miles away
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Owings Mills, Owings Mills , 9 miles away
Homestead Inn, Reedsville , 11 miles away
Lakeview Golf Resort And Spa, Morgantown , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express MORGANTOWN, Morgantown , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cheat River:
Cannon Hill Campground, Rowlesburg, 4 miles away
Albright Campground, Albright, 7 miles away
Pine Hill Campground, Bruceton Mills, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Cheat River:
Shingle Tree Trail, Tucker , 17 miles away
Shingle Tree Run Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
Pheasant Mountain Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
Canyon Rim Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
Flat Rock Trail, Tucker , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cheat River:
Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia , 20 miles away
Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia , 26 miles away
Valley Falls State Park, West Virginia , 29 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cheat River:
Golf Holly Meadows Golf Course, Parsons , 17 miles away
Oakland Golf Club, Oakland , 17 miles away
Paradise Lake Golf Course, Morgantown , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Cheat River
Town of Masontown Water Supply D Lake, Preston , 13 miles away
Deep Creek Lake, Garrett , 19 miles away

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