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West Virginia Highlands Adventure

West Virginia Highlands Adventure

Nine days of backpacking, canoeing, and rafting in the Allegheny Mountains.

Trip Overview

The Appalachian Mountains are the oldest mountains in North America and home to fascinating critters and unique ecosystems. Over the course of this nine-day adventure, we will hike, canoe, raft, and explore the stunning landscapes while spending nights under the stars with new friends. This trip begins with a backpacking trip in the heart of the Appalachian wilderness, where we’ll see waterfalls, search for salamanders and native trout, and learn essential camping skills. Next, we’ll canoe a beautiful section of the Cheat River that features exciting rapids and plenty of swimming holes. During these adventures, participants will develop communication skills, an appreciation for Central Appalachia, and a greater sense of self. On closing day, we’ll celebrate our challenges and successes!

No experience is necessary to join this 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 navigation, canoeing, and cooking. 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.

Travel Information

Getting dropped off and picked up in Davis?
June 22 – Meet us at Blackwater Falls State Park at 9am
June 30 – Pick up at Blackwater Falls State Park at 11am

Or meet us at Dulles International Airport (IAD) the day before the start of your program.
You can arrive to Dulles by plane, bus, or get dropped off by car. We will meet you at the airport at the set times below and transport you from the city to the mountains! That first night, we’ll camp at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, WV. Participants getting dropped off in Davis will arrive the following morning.
Arrival Day (day BEFORE start of program) – June 21, schedule your flight to arrive between 2-5pm
Departure Day (last day of program) – June 30, schedule your flight to depart between 4-7pm

Once we have more information on participant travel details we will contact you with a specific place and time to meet up at Dulles International Airport.

What is the total cost of the trip?


Why do we Charge This?

Safety, fun and learning are our main priorities. Tuition from these programs goes towards our highly developed risk management systems and top of the line gear that will keep participants warm, dry, and safe. Our instructors are the face of our programs, we seek to employ and retain highly qualified instructors and pay them a livable wage so that we can create the best possible experiences for our students. Lastly, as an education program, we are committed to teaching our intentional curriculum to create better leaders and more engaged citizens of this planet. Education is an investment in ourselves and our communities. If you are excited about our programs, but unable to afford the full tuition, consider applying for a scholarship or contacting us directly.

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 some personal equipment for rental (e.g. sleeping bags, and sleeping pads). For more information on needs based scholarships visit our scholarship application. Please submit program application before submitting your scholarship application.

Trip Details

June 22-30

Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Limited spots available! 

Ages: 13-15

Activities: Backpacking, Canoeing,
and Rafting

Location: Blackwater Falls State Park (prep days and transitions), backcountry wilderness area (backpacking), Cheat River (canoeing and rafting)

Difficulty: 6/10

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