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Cheat River: The Complete Visitors’ Guide


If you’ve heard of Mountaineer Country, you’ve probably heard of the Cheat River, too. Located just an hour from Pittsburgh, this 78-mile, free-flowing river produces fun on water of all kinds. From flatwater paddling to Class III, IV, and V whitewater rapids, the Cheat River is a water sports enthusiast’s dream. With its ever-changing landscape and the surrounding beauty of the West Virginia Appalachian Mountains, paddlers and kayakers alike love spending their days on this one-of-a-kind water trail.

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