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On the Water

Whether your passion requires a paddle, pole, or swimsuit, Tucker County’s waterways will quench your thirst for adventure. Make your best summer memories rafting, tubing, canoeing, kayaking or standup paddleboarding. The Cheat, Dry Fork and Black Fork Rivers offer everything from rushing whitewater excitement to gentle pools perfect for some personal reflection time.

The Cheat River is one of the largest un-dammed watersheds east of the Mississippi River, making for a natural aquatic playground for fishing, boating, swimming and other paddle sports.

Parsons is also home the Cheat River Water Trail; there are several public put-ins/take-outs along the dynamic Cheat River for inner-tubers, canoeist, fishermen, and kayakers.  Unless you are familiar with river shuttles and the like, head to Blackwater Outdoor Adventures or Patriots 4 outfitter located along the Cheat River Water Trail, for a relaxing end of the day on the water.

Paddle Sports

Your water adventure can be mild, wild, or anything in between. Experience the excitement of the Cheat or Dry Fork rivers with one of our local whitewater rafting outfitters. Admire the natural beauty along the Cheat River Water Trail. Or enjoy the reflective solitude on a canoe or tube float trip on quieter waters.

Great for Kids

Spend a day on the water on a tubing or duckie float trip. Perfect for enthusiastic beginners, a duckie is an inflatable kayak that is very stable, maneuverable and ideal for building confidence on the water. A day on the river is hard to beat for unplugged, reconnecting family bonding time. And as kids get a little older, fishing, rafting and other watersports will keep them engaged. 

Blackwater Outdoor Adventures

The closest outfitter to Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Outdoor Adventures offers whitewater rafting, kayaking, tubing, stand-up paddleboarding and camping. To learn more, please visit http://blackwateroutdoors.com/

Patriots 4 General Store, Campground and Outfitter

Located near Parsons, WV, Patriots 4 offers cabin rentals as well as kayak, canoe and tubing rentals. To learn more, please visit http://www.patriots4.org/

Cliff view looking out onto the valley

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