Albright’s history harkens back to the Revolutionary War era, as the current town sits near the site of Butler’s Fort on the Cheat River. The current town was incorporated in 1914 and named for a local property owner, David Albright. Albright flourished as a coal town into the 1960s.
Albright has an incredible reputation as an outdoor recreation playground. From whitewater rafting to rock climbing, outdoor enthusiasts travel from great distances to experience the wonders of the Albright area.
The Cheat River Water Trail offers river options for all experiences. SImple float trips are available through the trail. Experienced whitewater enthusiasts find their ultimate test in the Cheat Canyon Section near Albright. Guided adventures are possible on the Cheat River’s premiere Class V whitewater run. The nearby Cheat Narrows offers a Class II to Class V option as well.
Covering nearly 4,000 acres, the Cheat Canyon WMA offers seemingly endless opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor endeavors. In addition, the nearby Coopers Rock State Forest offers even more of those similar activities.
Built in 1852, the Virginia Iron Furnace is located within Muddy Creek Park, just a few miles outside in Albright. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The furnace, also known as the Muddy Creek Furnace and the Josephine Furnace, is a historic water powered blast furnace. It was used as an iron smelter well into the late nineteenth century.
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