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 American 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 Otter Creek Wilderness Area, 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.

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 2-10, 2021
9 days
Ages: 13-15
Activities: Multi-sport (backpacking and canoeing)
Location: Otter Creek Wilderness Area (backpacking) and the Cheat River (canoeing)
Difficulty: 6/10

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