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Cheat Mountain Club

People often tell me that getting there is half the fun. In most instances, I would have to agree.

However, I knew upon arriving at Cheat Mountain Club that I took way too long to get here. This place is relaxing; plain and simple.

Set along the pristine waters of the Shavers Fork—a trout stream in every sense of the word—the three story lodge is constructed of hand-hewn giant red spruce timbers carved from the rugged wilderness in 1887. Cheat was built as a private club for wealthy railroad and lumber executives for the specific purpose of offering a place to fish and hunt.

The scenic 183 acre property is gently cradled in a small valley at about 4,000 feet, surrounded by the nearly million acre Monongahela National Forest. Nearby attractions include Gaudineer Knob, which has one the only remaining stands of virgin timber in the state; Fort Milroy, a historic Civil War Battle Site; Snowshoe Resort and Cass Scenic Railroad.

Guests come here to relax by the huge stone fireplace, lounge in the rustic 1940s Cushman Maple furniture, and to enjoy the outdoors. The outdoor recreational opportunities at Cheat Mountain Club are endless. Every day of the year there’s a variety of activities to participate in, including fly fishing (practically a religion here), mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, skeet shooting, and yard games. Miles of maintained trails exist on CMC’s property and in the surrounding National Forest. Guide service and instruction can be arranged for all activities. In addition, the lodge maintains a limited amount of recreational equipment such as mountain bikes, fly rods, canoes, cross country skis and snowshoes, all of which are free for guest use during their stay.

The Lodge’s Great Room provides a rustic, restful atmosphere for visiting, reading a good book or simply relaxing.

The Lodge sleeps 23 people comfortably. The Spruce Room is spaciously furnished with a king size bed and a private bath. There are 8 additional rooms in which 3 queen size and 9 twin size beds are housed. The third floor dormitory room has one king size and 4 twin size beds. Separate men’s and women’s bathrooms in gracious country club style are located on the second floor and are shared by all guests.

Meals are served three times a day. Specialties include homemade breads and cookies plus hearty soups and dinners from the grill. CMC also has a lighter, healthier side to its menu to appease all of the guests’ tastes.

Interestingly, in 1918, four gentlemen who were on a camping excursion through the Appalachians stayed at Cheat Mountain Club. According to an entry Thomas Edison made in the guest register, he and his friends, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and naturalist John Borroughs found the club to be “a beautiful spot.” I couldn’t agree more.

Cheat Mountain Club is located in Randolph County, WV 15 minutes West of Durbin on U.S. 250.

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