Events and Links


June 6 -7, Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, Harpers Ferry.  This annual festival is held to raise awareness and money for river and environmental conservation.  Held at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, proceeds benefit conservation groups including FOC.  Three races are also held in conjunction with the festival including the Tim Gavin Down River Race.  FOC hopes to see you there!

Saturday, June 7, Meet the Cheat Community Paddle – National Trails Day, St. George.  Float the Upper Cheat River Water Trail from Holly Meadows to St. George in celebration of National Trails Day.  Join the paddling after-party at Blackwater Outdoor Adventures’ take-out around 4pm.  Live music, refreshments, and plenty of friends to share your big fish stories with around the campfire.  Launch by 11am to join the floatilla.  For more details including outfitter information and camping availability contact Blackwater Outdoor Adventures or (304)478-3775

June 13 – 14, Ragnar Appalachians Trail Race, Big Bear Lake, Hazelton.  Join Friends of the Cheat’s volunteer team at the east’s most challenging trail race hosted by Ragnar Trail Relays.  Teams of 4 and 8 will run a total of 120 miles on three rugged loops around Big Bear Lake.  For each 4-5 hour volunteer shift filled by FOC, FOC will earn a $60 donation!  Help with parking and team registration Friday and Saturday.  You don’t have to be a runner to appreciate this epic event—over 275 teams are expected in this event’s second year.  You must contact Amanda to volunteer: or (304)329-3621

Saturday, September 27, Run For It!  Davis, WV.

Check back for more detailed information and links to recreation opportunities in the Cheat Watershed.