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Wild Water Expedition

Wild Water Expedition

Trip Overview

Looking for something awesome to do over spring break?! Are you from Tucker, Taylor, Preston, Randolph, or Garrett County? Appalachian Expeditions will collaborate with Friends of the Cheat and Blackwater Outdoor Adventures to put on our first ever Wild Water Expedition. We will paddle the scenic Upper Cheat River Water Trail, canoeing through deep canyons from St. George to Rowlesburg over two days. From there we will changeover boats from canoes to rafts and take the tumultuous trip through Cheat Narrows (class II/III). After building our teamwork and white water skills, we will test our mettle on the Dry Fork (class III), a classic run that is usually only available in the spring and fall.April 7- Meet as at Black Water Outdoor Adventures in St. George, WV at 9am

April 10- Pick up at Black Water Outdoor Adventures in St. George, WV at 4pm

Intended Outcomes

  • Learn some technical paddling and camping skills
  • Explore some of the environmental issues and challenges present in the Cheat River
  • Introduce participants to the world of paddling and whitewater
  • Have fun on the river!

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.

Any participant living in and attending school in Tucker, Taylor, Preston, Randolph, or Garrett County is automatically eligible for a scholarship bringing the cost of the trip to $250. For those participants living outside of these counties (Tucker, Taylor, Preston, Randolph, or Garrett), please email us at for more information about this trip.

We are able to offer scholarships because of the generous donations and fundraising by our Run-For-It team. If you are a recipient of this scholarship, or would like to contribute to these scholarships for local kids, please consider joining our 2023 Run-For-It team or you can make a donation on our website. This annual fundraiser is put on by the Tucker Community Foundation and will take place in September 2023. 

Tuition covers all trip costs including meals, travel, and accommodations. Participants will be responsible for warm layers for camping, personal items, and transportation to and from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures (in St. George, 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). Blackwater Outdoor Adventures will provide boats, paddles, lifejackets, wet suits, and splashtops. Expect the weather to be cold and water to be high– all the best parts of Spring whitewater in West Virginia!

Trip Details

April 7-10

Applications are still being accepted!
Ages: 14-17

Serving youth from Tucker, Taylor, Preston, Randolph, and Garrett Counties. If you are outside these counties, please email us at for more information

Activities: Canoeing and Rafting

Location: Cheat River Water Trail, Cheat Narrows, Cheat Canyon

Difficulty: 7/10

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