CHEAT LAKE From trails to playgrounds, lake offers more than water BY LISA ELLISON [email protected]
Nearly hidden, less than 2 miles down Morgan Run Road from Monongalia County 857 is one of the gems of Cheat L a ke. Cheat Lake Park and Trail and Hiking/Biking Trail, at the end of Morgan Run Road, is a good place for a walk or a family outing. The hiking trail runs along Cheat L a ke ’s shore and shows off the natural beauty of the location. Though there are no lifeguards and it is “swim at your own risk,” there is a sandy beach and swimming area. The walking/biking trail is 4.5 miles long and runs along the edge of Cheat Lake. Made of compact stone, the 12-foot wide trail is handicap-accessible. A picnic area includes several picnic benches. These are on a first come, first served basis and cannot be reserved. Fishermen can enjoy the nearby fishing locations and docks along the shore from which to fish of just enjoy the quiet of the lake. During the summer season, all boats must be launched from Sunset Beach, which is about four miles away on Sunset Beach Road. Back at Cheat Lake Beach Park is a playground for the children, not to far from the free parking area. In the summer months, a pavilion with public restrooms is available. Boat docks are publicly available for day use. During the day, these boat docks can be used to access the public restrooms and the picnic area. Boats can be launched from the park between November and April. Specific traveling routes or other information is available at https::// ch e at l a ke. c o m . William Wotring/The Dominion Post.