Cheat District TakeAHike

Cheat District's #TakeAHikeBSA Series 2021

We hope that you will enjoy this labor of love.  We want everyone in our Cheat District to enjoy the beauty throughout our six counties of West Virginia.  Whether participating as an individual, with your family, or as a Scout unit please be aware of the ScoutsBSA Leave No Trace Principles and the Outdoor Code.  All hikes are at the participants own risk.

Don’t forget to document your experience on social media and tag #TakeAHikeBSA!  By tagging your pictures or videos, you are giving permission to Mountaineer Area Council to use towards event promotion or publicity.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact

Step 1: Pick Your Location

Each location throughout the Cheat District’s six counties have a couple options available to meet your group’s skills and abilities.

BarbourAudra:  ~1mi or ~3miLINK
MonongaliaCoopers Rock:  1.6mi or 5miLINK
PrestonCathedral State Park:  up to 3miLINK
RandolphStuart Recreation Area:  2mi, 5.7mi, or 10 miLINK
TuckerBlackwater Falls:  1mi or 5miLINK
UpshurUpshur County Trails:  up to 5miLINK

Step 2: Go Hiking!

Take special care to carry the six essentials of Scouting with you:

  1. first aid kit
  2. flashlight
  3. water bottle
  4. trail food
  5. sun protection
  6. whistle

Be especially mindful as you dress for these activities.  Our best suggestion would be to wear sturdy foot gear, pants, and appropriate upper wear.  Trails WILL be muddy, wet, and through the woods.  Depending on when you take any hike, weather can change in an instant in West Virginia.  Go out and Be Prepared as every Scout should! 

Please be responsible and go on the trails that best fit your skill and abilities at the time of your adventures.  We tried to establish shorter and longer hikes to address the varying abilities of our units. 

Once you return make sure to check yourself over for ticks because they are especially bad. 

Step 3: Log Your Hike & Get Recognition Items

Make sure to take pictures and videos during your adventure.

Once your hiking is complete and you’ve tagged #TakeAHikeBSA on social media, be sure to check out recognition pieces available to commemorate your participation!

Log your hiking here by September 30 for a chance to win some prizes!

(does not replace logging your hiking into Scoutbook for advancement purposes with unit leader approval)


Order T-Shirts and Patches Here!

T-shirt orders must be placed by July 31 or September 30, 2021.
Patch orders must be placed by September 30, 2021.

Also, consider supporting the efforts of Scouting in north central West Virginia by making a charitable donation to our annual Friends of Scouting campaign.