Cheat, Laurel Fork, West Virginia, US
US 33 Bridge to Cheat, Dry Fork (Jenningston)
||III-IV (for normal flows)
laurel fork falls
laurel fork fallsPhoto by mike beswick taken 07/03/11
Lat/longitude coordinates determined by Bill Waickman using Garman GPS System.
This is a largely isolated run with several riverwide ledges that harbor keepers at higher
levels. In addition, there is a multiple channelized section downstream of the 12 ft falls that
stays chock full of wood. Many of the rapids lean towards mean at higher flows (2 ft + on Rt 33
bridge gauge). All in all, the Dry Fork nearby is a much safer run for those lacking advanced
skills, though this is certainly a reasonable intermediate run at moderate flows.
There are 2 ways to reach the takeout from the Rt 33 bridge over the Laurel Fork.
1-Drive west on Rt 33 to the Alpena Inn and turn across from the inn on Alpena Road. Take this
road till it intersects with the Glady Fork wilderness road and bear right, then up over the
mountain and down to Jenningston. Takeout is approx 200 yards downstream of the Jenningston
bridge over the Dry Fork on river left.
2-Drive east on Rt 33 to Harman, bear left onto Rt 32 and drive 6 miles to a left on Rt 72, then
left on the Jenningston road, cross the Dry Fork and turn downstream to the takeout. Option 1 is
the nice scenic route while option 2 is better in wintertime snow conditions.
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Last Updated: 2012-04-30 15:14:44