Cheat River Watershed Expedition

Cheat River Watershed Expedition

Two full weeks of boating and backpacking adventure while exploring the majestic Cheat River watershed.

Trip Overview

The Cheat River Watershed is the largest free-flowing watershed in the eastern United States, meaning that there are no dams altering its wilderness character. On the Cheat River Watershed Expedition, we will travel from the headwaters of the Cheat River in the Otter Creek Wilderness Area to the mainstem of the Cheat. On a five-day backpacking trip, we’ll hike 15-20 miles through lush forest while passing creeks and waterfalls. Along the way, we’ll drink from fresh springs and creeks, learn backpacking and leadership skills, and study the ecology of this pristine wilderness area. Once we reach the Cheat, we’ll spend three days canoeing, rafting, and camping along the river as it winds its way through the hills and hollows of West Virginia. To wrap up the trip, we’ll explore the small towns of Davis and Thomas, as well as Blackwater Falls State Park. On closing day, our group will celebrate our challenges and successes!

No experience is necessary to join the trip. All you need is a curious, open mind and the willingness to learn about yourself.

Intended Outcomes

  Have fun! Participants will get outside and experience outdoor adventures they may or may not have experienced previously.

  Create a community of friends who live nearby.

  Learn technical skills such as canoeing, rafting, and navigation. These skills will prepare participants for future trips with Appalachian Expeditions or on their own.

  Learn leadership and communication skills that will make participants more effective and engaged members of their communities.

  Explore the cultural and natural history of this beautiful region.

What is the total cost of the trip?

Tuition covers all trip costs including meals, travel, and accommodations. Participants will be responsible for hiking boots, personal items, and transportation to and from Davis, WV.  APEX will provide group gear (e.g. tents, stoves, water systems, etc.) and has limited rental items (e.g. backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads). Financial assistance is available for this trip; please contact us for more information.

Trip Details

July 18-31, 2021
14 days
Ages: 16-17
Activities: Multi-sport (backpacking, canoeing, rafting)
Location: Otter Creek Wilderness Area (backpacking) and the Cheat River (canoeing and rafting)
Difficulty: 7/10

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