4060 River Rd
Parsons, WV 26287
Whitewater: the Dry Fork of the Cheat River offers some great play and according to American Whitewater it may be the safest class III run in WV, since it harbors little in the way of large boulders, undercuts, strainers or recirculating holes. It offers great surfing waves. It is a good Class III –IV run that can be viewed as a stepping stone for intermediates or as a fun play river for advanced paddlers. Put-in is at head of river road (approx. 5 miles). Runnable from 3.0 ft. to 7.00 ft. but it can be run down to 2.9 Ft. Natural flow can occur year round especially with a good rain fall. The Dry Fork is a great class III-IV run with a lot of surfing.
Difficulty & Must Haves:
Class III-IV. Section Length: 10-12 miles Time: 5-7 hours, depending on level, stops and play time. Required Equipment: boat suitable for whitewater with air bags, paddle, skirt, helmet, PFD, whistle, water, dry bag for river snacks, and first aid kit. Required Skills: paddlers must have good boat control, be able to catch and exit eddies in moving water, ferry, and wet-exit safely. You should have the appropriate safety gear, including rope, knife, unpinning kit, etc.
Nice to Have & Human Interest:
The Dry Fork of the Cheat River is a good surfing river so to really enjoy it, it would be nice to know how to surf. Although not a wilderness run, it’s still very scenic with creeks entering from both sides and several waterfalls cascading in from the left. There are two nice levels near the middle of the run that are really nice for surfing up some practice.
Additional Notes & Shuttle Info:
The take is at 2nd street in Hendricks 39°04’21.9″N 79°37’58.1″W. https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?authuser=0&authuser=0&hl=en&hl=en&mid=z0We5CLCBWqo.kXejTVpRtz7U. huttle distance from Hendricks to the put in is ~7.4 miles. The shuttle takes a while so if you can run a reverse shuttle that you will save time. There is an additional put in spot further up the road off of Jenningston road but it does not necessarily give you more rapids or play waves.