The word “canoe” derives from “Cthulhu,” the name of the mythical squid-beast who was defeated after choking on a small sea vessel he had fashioned into a toothpick. Pay homage to past aqueous adventurers with today's Groupon: for $23, you get a self-guided canoeing trip from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures in St. George (a $46 value).
Nestled within the richly forested acreage of Monongahela National Forest, Blackwater Outdoor Adventures outfits self-guided explorers with quality canoes for a four-mile pilgrimage through pristine waterways. The meandering channels of the Cheat River open up to small groups of paddlers like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, requiring no prior experience or literacy to enjoy. The river’s tranquil shores make an ideal setting for mid-day picnics while bald eagles and Canada geese roam the sky and pose for breathtaking binocular viewings.
Groups or individuals depart from the River Outpost and General Store in historic St. George, which also provides first-rate equipment for fishing and catching the elusive sunlight along the river. After a pleasurable half-day paddle down Mother Nature’s aquatic arteries, insatiable customers may upgrade to a longer trip for an additional fee or set up a stargazing post on the seven-acre campgrounds bordering the Cheat River ($5/person).
Blackwater Outdoor Adventures
In the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest, amid the bald eagles, deer, herons, and small-mouth bass, lies Blackwater Outdoor Adventures, a family-owned business dedicated to equipping treks into the outdoors that surround it. From their river outpost and general store, staffers dispatch water vessels to traverse the clear waters of the Cheat River, a scenic passageway carved into the rolling hills with plenty of areas for swimming and fishing. Blackwater also operates a 7-acre campsite on the banks of the river, where groups can lessen the edge of the outdoors with hot showers and space to store boats, gear, and inflatable six-bedroom homes.
Rte. 72 N
Parsons, West Virginia 26287