Canoeing — Cheat River


The main stem of the Cheat includes 36 miles of class I water that has recently been established as a river trail. Check out the web site link below for more detailed information on access sites, river level suggestions and other valuable information. Camping on the river is possible on islands or at the Seven Islands area (be courteous of peoples private property). This section runs in the spring and early summer and sometimes when thunderstorms bring the water up in the summer. The level has to be above 4 feet at the Parsons gauge to keep from scraping, but it can be run much lower (if you are ok with dragging through the rapids). This is a large volume river and can produce large waves that are dangerous for canoes at high water levels. Blackwater Outdoor Adventures runs a canoe livery and guide service on this section of river.

Directions from Morgantown

I 68 east to Bruceton Mills (exit 23). Go south on SR 26 to Albright and then left on cr 7-12 to SR 7. Right and then quick left onto SR 72 south. Continue on SR 72 for about 35 miles (through Rowlesburg) to Parsons.

Travel Time: 1hr 15 min


Camping, Fishing, Canoeing, Swimming

Web Resources:

ORC Resources:

Book – ” A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to West Virginia”

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