Cheat River Rafting in nearby Albright, WV
If you can’t make it for one of the Upper Yough release dates and you still want to experience some extreme Class V whitewater, check out the Cheat Canyon with our sister company, Cheat River Outfitters.
The Cheat Canyon stretches 13 miles from Albright, WV to Jenkinsburg Bridge. This 13 mile section of river contains over 30 rapids rated Class III to Class V surrounded by the beauty of a spectacular wilderness canyon. The Cheat Canyon trip departs directly from the Cheat River Outfitters Visitor Center in Albright and quickly enters a remote, steep walled canyon. There are no roads, skyscrapers or condos – just some of the best whitewater in the East. While taking a break from the intense whitewater action you will see waterfalls coming into the canyon and unique rock formations. But don’t let the beauty of the Cheat Canyon fool you, she can dish out some pretty serious rafting. You will encounter such rapids as Decision (where you decide once and for all whether to continue your trek into the canyon), Big Nasty, Tear Drop, Coliseum, Fossil Falls, and of course a Swimmers Rapid at the end of the trip. The Canyon is a fully guided trip and can be run in a variety of rafts, from 4-mans up to 10-mans depending on the river level. This trip includes all the equipment you need and lunch on the river.
The season for running the Canyon is Spring. The Canyon shows her stuff when heavy rains and snowmelt equal higher water levels. The Cheat Canyon runs primarily from March through June, but we will run anytime we are experiencing good rainfall amounts (especially big summer storms and fall hurricane season).
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Not ready for the Upper Yough? Our sister company, Cheat River Outfitters, offers great family and introductory whitewater trips on the scenic Cheat Narrows.
In the Spring, when water levels tend to be higher, the Narrows is an exciting moderate river trip, providing great fun for nearly all ages and skill levels. The Narrows in the Spring makes an excellent first time rafting experience and is perfect for anyone who wants to experience the thrills of the Cheat on a smaller scale. The half day Cheat Narrows trip winds up to 10 miles along scenic Rt. 72 just north of Cheat River Outfitters, Albright Visitors Center. Steady spring rain and snowmelt fills the Narrows with giant wave trains and Class II-IV rapids. If the weather is warm we can stop and enjoy getting wet at Jump Rock. The Narrows are a great whitewater trip for beginner and advanced paddlers alike. In the Spring, the Narrows is ideal for scouting and youth groups and is suitable for age 10 and up.
In the summer, when water levels tend to be lower, the Cheat Narrows is a exciting and memorable whitewater experience and overall river day. The summer Narrows offer 7 miles of gorgeous Class II-III whitewater with crystal clear water, beautiful scenery and plenty of opportunities to get wet. The Narrows is a half day trip and we will match the boat size to the water level to give you the best ride for the day. Summertime Narrows can run in Duckies (one man rafts) up to 8-man rafts depending on water level. No matter what the water level, our excellent guides will show you a fabulous summer day on the Cheat Narrows. The Narrows is ideal for families with kids as young as 6 as well as Scouts, Youth Groups, and anyone wanting a fun day on the river. This trip runs twice a day at 9am (with lunch included) and 2:30 pm (with a hearty snack).
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