The only way to ride is at full speed. From beginner to difficult, the trails through this terrain offer secluded areas to explore. The payoff: plenty of creek crossings, rhododendron groves, and boulders.
DOWN THE HATCH
Rollercoaster rapids will fuel your adrenaline through swirling hydraulics and crashing waterfalls. You’ll likely spot wildlife along the riverbank!
ON THE ROCKS
Coopers Rock State Forest: Considered one of the top rock-climbing destinations in the east and the most condensed bouldering area in West Virginia, this rocky labyrinth offers a full day of boulder challenges from V-easy to V-mutant climbs.
Coopers Rock State Forest: At 2,100 feet above the Cheat River Canyon, this gently sloping overlook is a spectacular location for marriage proposals! Make it your Instagram moment.
Adventure WV Canopy Tour: Race the wind through the dense, cool forest. Four lines ranging from 201’ to 980’, an aerial bridge, and a 45’ rappel station will test your nerves.
Cheat Lake: Offering several easy entry points and rentals, this is one of the best destinations for flatwater kayaking and standup paddling. You’ll have ample opportunity to see a variety of
wildlife, birds, and magnificent West Virginia sunsets.
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Find picturesque views, 2,100 feet above the Cheat River, on the overlook at Coopers Rock State Forest in Preston County, WV. Explore forested trails or climb higher with group-led activities and outdoor recreation. Set up camp for the night or cozy up in a rustic cabin all your own.
Park and Trail
Accessible trails and calm waters await you at Cheat Lake Park and Trail, located in Monongalia County, WV. Make a splash in the swimming area and dry off on the family-friendly playground and paved walking path. Cast off into the backwaters for shaded sailing and tranquil views.
Walk among giants at Cathedral State Park, in Preston County, WV. Ancient hemlock trees tower 90-feet above the ground, providing shelter for over 170 species of wildflowers and flora found throughout the park. Choose from one of six trails and explore mountainous terrain that has been untouched by time.
There’s no limit to fun on the water at Tygart Lake State Park. Located in Taylor County, WV, this man-made lake is surrounded by natural walking trails and fishing spots. Refuel at the marina and rest up at the Tygart Lake Lodge before heading out to your next adventure.
Feel the spray of four cascading waterfalls as you soar over the rapids or stretch out on the shoreline at Valley Falls State Park in Marion County, WV. As the site of a historic grist mill community, adventure can be found on any of the eight trails located throughout the park.
Dip your toes into the clearest waters of West Virginia, located at Audra State Park in Barbour County, WV. One-of-a-kind views along the Alum Cave Trail earn this park a spot on everyone’s bucket list. Campsites go fast at this top-rated outdoor destination, so plan your trip today!