Do I need to have prior experience backpacking or canoeing to attend Appalachian Expeditions (APEX) trips?
No prior backpacking or canoeing experience is necessary to join an APEX trip, but participants should be in good physical condition. It’s important that participants want to join the trip and come prepared with an open mind!
What are hiking trips like?
Hiking in West Virginia is gorgeous! Picture yourself in a tunnel of rhododendrons with creeks and waterfalls gushing nearby. The trails are remote and sometimes rugged with rocks, roots, and running water. We’ll teach you the skills you need to navigate and camp comfortably and will celebrate the sense of accomplishment we feel at the end!
What are river trips like?
The section of the Cheat River we use for canoe trips is mostly flatwater with occasional shallow riffles. The river flows through a deep, wooded gorge featuring swimming holes, side hikes, and wildflowers. Some trips will put paddling skills to the test as participants paddle the rapids of the Cheat Narrows with experienced guides from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures. This class III section of river is classic West Virginia whitewater!
What are biking trips like?
What will overnight camping be like?
Where will my child meet the group on arrival day? Where will I pick them up on the final day?
APEX staff will meet you at a designated location in Davis, West Virginia. We will share more details in your welcome letter after registration is complete.