Davis Journals

Caverns, Critters, and Class V Cataracts

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A June 2004 trip to Davis by Idler

The Cheat River Photo, Davis, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: For hikers, rafters, kayakers, mountain bikers, campers, rock climbers, anglers, spelunkers, and nature lovers in general, West Virginia can’t be beat.

Caverns, Critters, and Class V Cataracts

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Lovely Audra State Park Photo, Davis, West Virginia
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We’re always looking for an excuse to head off to West Virginia. In the spring, the rhododendrons and mountain laurels beckon. In summer, the prospect of a cool mountain breeze reels us in. And autumn’s color parade? Well, we’d be fools to resist that. The latest enticement fell from the sky: Rain. Lots and lots of it. Here was the moment we’d been waiting for: high water on the Cheat River. We’d been ‘cheated’ on the Cheat before, during drought years, but there was no fear of that this time. No, now the question was: Was it too wild for the rafting outfitters to risk running the river? While the prospect of whitewater rafting roused my husband and son, I had some surpr...Read More
Mountain Jewel:  Blackwater Falls State Park Photo, Davis, West Virginia
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They say you can’t step in the same river twice, but perhaps that isn’t true at Blackwater Falls. That torrent of eerily dark water tumbling over a precipice seems frozen in time, a scene for the ages. This is the impression the falls made upon me when I first visited West Virginia, some thirty-five years ago, and it remains so to this day. I’ve seen countless waterfalls since then, but to my mind none match Blackwater Falls’ serene beauty. On that maiden trip to West Virginia, my mother and I stayed in one of the park’s rustic cabins set near the edge of a forest. I remember sitting ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 27, 2004

Mountain Jewel: Blackwater Falls State Park
P.O. Drawer 490
Davis, West Virginia
(304) 259-5216

U S Post Offices: Seneca Rocks

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Attraction | "Seneca Rocks & Seneca Caverns"

U S Post Offices: Seneca Rocks Photo, Davis, West Virginia
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In the northern part of the Monongahela National Forest are two places well worth visiting : Seneca Rocks and Seneca Caverns. Driving along Rt. 33, the towering 900-foot vertical Seneca Rocks dominate the scenery. Extremely popular with rock climbers, the formation is accessible to non-climbers via a moderately challenging 1.5-mile hiking trail ascending via switchbacks. At the end of the trail, a platform overlooks the magnificent Monongahela Forest and the hills and val...Read More

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U S Post Offices: Seneca Rocks
Route 33 in the northern Monongahela Nat'l Forest
Davis, West Virginia 26814
(304) 567-2902

River Mild, River Wild

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River plunge Photo, Davis, West Virginia
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Beguiled on the Cheat It’s either feast or famine as far as rain is concerned around here. A few years back, there was a prolonged drought, but these past two years we’ve been inundated. The first time we paddled the Cheat River was during the drought. We spent a lazy day paddling in ‘duckies’ (inflatable kayaks), and although there was little whitewater, we were happy to have the river basically to ourselves. Two guides took us through the Cheat Narrows, showing us their favorite spots. We indulged in oar-splashing battles, paddling races, and lazy swims alongside our duckies. One ...Read More

Varmints

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My sometimes too cozy tent Photo, Davis, West Virginia
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Summer’s here and so are the groundhogs. A friend has "dibs" on any rotten tomatoes in my garden. He’s got a severe groundhog infestation on his property and it seems that the only thing that will lure the canny critters into a humane trap is the stench of a putrid tomato (his wife has vetoed the ‘shotgun solution,’ much to his chagrin). Now, I’m not all the fond of groundhogs, but I’ll say one thing for them: at least they don’t keep me awake at night. Like any good camper, I have my share of stories to tell about the animals I’ve encountered in the woods or around the campsite. In Vermont, on my first solo camping trip, I set my tent up in a wooden sleeping shelter, safely off the ...Read More

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