Cheat River Rafting, Pennysylvania
The Cheat River branches off the Monogahela River before rejoining it near Point Marion. The trail stretches through an isolated wilderness canyon and offers rafting enthusiasts a trip in hilly solitudes. The rafting route is thirteen miles long and runs from Albright to the Jenkinsburg Bridge. The flow of the Cheat River increases dramatically during snowmelts and the season ranges from April to June.
The count in the Cheat River goes up to thirty rapids over eleven miles. All of them range from Class III-IV. This is called action at its very best! Decision, the first one to splash up some whitewater, appears after a half mile trail. There is no stopping after that. With a gradient of fifty feet per mile, rapids like Big Nasty, Fossil Falls, High Falls, Coliseum, Maze, Even Nastier, Tear Drop and Fist keep you busy throughout the adrenaline pumping tour. The Cheat Canyon fun comes to an end with the exciting Swimmers Rapid as the final challenge. The Narrows section of the Cheat River is scattered with Class II-IV rapids like Cave, Double Hydraulic, Wind, Calamity, “S” Turn and Rocking Horse.
This kind of adventure can only be graced by hardcore seasoned rafters. But the picturesque remoteness of the canyon adorned with rhododendrons and a rich wildlife adds another feather in Cheat’s cap. Wild turkey, Black bear, and white tailed deer appear at regular intervals throughout the trip. The annual Cheat Festival held on the first weekend of May draws many visitors.