Cheat River Parsons to Cheat Lake

Parsons, West Virginia

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The Cheat begins in the real mountains of the state as four big forks: Shavers, Glady, Laurel, and Dry, each separated from its neighbors by high mountain ridges. Shavers Fork actually flows on top of one of these ridges for miles. In this country, the shuttles are as fascinating as the rivers. Although Shavers Fork is generally considered the main source of the Cheat, the Dry Fork has the most interesting tributaries. These include fascinating Gandy Creek, a stream that goes through a mountain; Red Creek, draining the unique Dolly Sods Wilderness Area; Laurel and Glady Forks, isolated and beautiful; the fabulous Otter Creek, which runs entirely within a wilderness area; and finally the wild and raucous Blackwater. The latter joins the Dry Fork with such volume that the river is called Black Fork until it joins the Shavers Fork in Parsons to form the Cheat. Two other significant paddling tributaries enter the lower part of the Cheat: Horseshoe Run near historic Saint George and the Big Sandy in the middle of Cheat Canyon near Masontown. The Cheat officially ends when it joins the Monongahela at Point Marion, Pennsylvania.
A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

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A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia

by Charlie Walbridge et al (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Cheat begins in the real mountains of the state as four big forks: Shavers, Glady, Laurel, and Dry, each separated from its neighbors by high mountain ridges. Shavers Fork actually flows on top of one of these ridges for miles. In this country, the shuttles are as fascinating as the rivers. Although Shavers Fork is generally considered the main source of the Cheat, the Dry Fork has the most interesting tributaries.

These include fascinating Gandy Creek, a stream that goes through a mountain; Red Creek, draining the unique Dolly Sods Wilderness Area; Laurel and Glady Forks, isolated and beautiful; the fabulous Otter Creek, which runs entirely within a wilderness area; and finally the wild and raucous Blackwater. The latter joins the Dry Fork with such volume that the river is called Black Fork until it joins the Shavers Fork in Parsons to form the Cheat. Two other significant paddling tributaries enter the lower part of the Cheat: Horseshoe Run near historic Saint George and the Big Sandy in the middle of Cheat Canyon near Masontown. The Cheat officially ends when it joins the Monongahela at Point Marion, Pennsylvania.

©  Charlie Walbridge et al/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Parsons
Distance: 69
Duration: 4 sections from 3 hours to 2 days
Class: Class I-V
Local Maps: USGS Parsons, Saint George, Rowlesburg, Kingwood, Valley Point, Masontown, Lake Lynn
Driving Directions: Directions to Cheat River: Parsons to Cheat Lake

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