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Cheat River Gorge

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Cheat River Gorge - Coopers Rock State Forest, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

Photos by Amanda Haddox
Amanda Haddox Photography

   Talk about West Virginia's Wild and Wonderful landscape, it's here in this view looking out over the Coopers Rock State Forest and the Cheat River Gorge. Below, the wild Cheat River has carved its way through northeastern West Virginia and drops an incredible 30 feet per mile over its 10 mile length. The Cheat River offers whitewater enthusiasts over 40 seething rapids. Ten of these rapids turn up the thrill factor, Coopers Rock Overlook - Bruceton Mills, West virginia running Class III-V during high water. The Cheat Narrows is a great introduction to the canyon below with its series of small rapids and several "big wave trains" for that first ride.
   The Coopers Rock State Forest was first opened up to recreation during the Depression Era. The Civilian Conservation Corps created long lasting rustic picnic shelters made of American chestnut. These "works of art" are over 70 years old and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Coopers Rock scenic overlooks, more projects of the CCC, are the best known viewpoints of the Cheat River and canyon. The main overlook is located on top a large rock, coupled to land by a footbridge.
   Nearly 50 miles of hiking trails and a 25 space campground at Coopers Rock round out the park's amenities. This view from the overlook captures the "wonderful" fall foliage at its peak as hardwoods line the canyon walls and cover the 1200 foot drop to the river below.

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