On Saturday, July 23, WV Rivers will be holding a Rivers Celebration in Tucker County, WV! We’re spending the day along the Black Fork of the Cheat River in Hendricks and would love to have you join us for a day of free, family friendly activities both on and off the river.
During the evening we’re hosting a ticketed after party featuring live music with the Chaga Tea Project, dinner catered by White Grass Café, and libations from local brewers. Meet new people, catch up with longtime friends, and celebrate our wild & wonderful rivers and streams!
Schedule of Events
All Saturday events will meet at our Registration area in Hendricks, WV.
12:00pm: Lunch and Learn – Mon National Forest Listening Sessions Report – Free
Before the party begins, grab a free lunch with WV Rivers as we review a new report on the Mon National Forest summarizing a series of community listening sessions held in 2021. We’ll discuss the report, policy recommendations to address concerns mentioned, and will have time for a Q&A.
1:00pm-5:00pm: Enjoy the Private River Access and Swimming Hole on Site – Free
Bring your own kayak, inner-tube, or paddleboard and enjoy the private swimming hole on site! Limited paddleboards and kayaks are provided. PFD’s required.
1:00-3:00pm: River Snorkeling – Free
A great activity for kids – and adults! Join Madison Ball, Restoration Program Manager with Friends of the Cheat, for snorkeling in the Black Fork. Learn about and explore the critters that dwell in the river. If you have your own snorkel or goggles please bring them with you. If you are planning to snorkel please bring a bathing suit/swim clothes, sturdy water shoes or old sneakers, and dry clothes. Participants will need to drive to the snorkeling area.
3:00-4:30pm: Mushroom Hike – Free
Join members of the West Virginia Mushroom Club, for a leisurely hike along one of the many trails that surround the town of Hendricks. With seasoned mushroom hunters you’ll learn how to identify a variety of mushrooms, their uses, and their toxicity. Hikers may need to drive to the hike location.
5:00pm: Yoga Along the River – Free
Bring your yoga mat and join us for a time of easy flow yoga. No matter your experience or ability, come to the water and connect your body and soul with nature.
6:30pm-9:30pm: Rivers Celebration After Party – Ticketed Event
Join our ticketed after party featuring music with the Chaga Tea Project, dinner from White Grass Cafe, and libations from local breweries and wineries! Adult tickets to the after party (including 2 wine or beer tickets) are $40, kids tickets (ages 10-15) are $15. Kids under 10 are free! Buy your tickets here.
Free camping is offered on Saturday, July 23, adjacent to the event area at the Hendricks Town Park. Flush toilets, sinks and porta-potties available.
Additional lodging is available at local campgrounds and AirBnB’s (hurry, we hear spaces are filling up fast).