Best Kept Secrets: Greater Morgantown’s Motorcycle Rides and Dives
Country roads, clear streams, mountain vistas, and fresh air make Greater Morgantown a favorite destination for motorcycling enthusiasts looking to gear down and unwind.
The 12th Annual MountainFest Motorcycle Rally will be held July 20th – July 23rd, 2017 at Mylan Park.
Greater Morgantown offers a wide variety of exciting terrain and wonderful roads for all skill levels. Step away from the festivities to enjoy some of the area’s best motorcycle rides and drives.
Coopers Rock Overlook – Bands of rock cliffs line the Cheat River Gorge and provide numerous overlooks. The centerpiece among these is the main overlook, which furnishes a panorama of the gorge and distant horizons. A maze of enormous boulders and cliffs fascinates hikers, and the trails are especially lovely when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom.
Dorsey’s Knob Park – A city park in Morgantown. Be sure to climb to the top of Sky Rock for a spectacular view of the Morgantown area. Bring your Frisbee! The park has an 18-hole disc golf course.
Cheat River – Route 72 from Kingwood down to Route 50 runs right alongside the Cheat River. This ride will provide you with up close and personal views of the class IV rapids and one of the few rivers that flows north.
Limestone Mines – On Route 72 near Rowlesburg, watch for two large limestone mine entrances on the right side of the road. Cold air from the mine is a refreshing surprise.
Tray Run Viaduct – In late fall or early spring, you can view the Tray Run Viaduct from Route 72 near Tunnelton. The railroad bridge is still in operation today and is the bridge depicted on the back of the West Virginia State Seal. However, the viaduct is almost impossible to see with leaves on the trees.
Cathedral State Park – Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions and one of the last commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forests that once flourished in the Appalachian highlands. Trees up to 90 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference form the cloisters in the park. Throughout the woods, eastern hemlock is the dominant species.
Cheat Mountain -The start of Cheat Mountain offers great views for the passenger as the driver will be concentrating on the road! This mountain provides a total of 33 turns in a three-mile run to the top. Be aware of coal and logging trucks.
Cadell Mountain – This mountain isn’t as challenging as Cheat, but still provides good sweeping curves.
Cheat River Valley- The Valley begins at the bottom of Cadell Mountain.
Ride Through History
These stops provide riders with a wealth of historical information. You’ll see everything from a Civil War historical site, a WWII museum, a town from the New Deal Era, and a 19th century covered bridge.
Cannon Hill Civil War Historic Site – The Union soldiers and Rowlesburg citizens held back around 10,000 Confederate troops from destroying the town’s bridges and cutting off the main supply for Union Troops. There is a 45-minute walking tour of the historic site, which is marked with a U.S. flag.
Greatest Generation War Museum – A landmark in Rowelsburg with authentic wartime scenes and many artifacts from both Allied and Axis powers.
The Depot Museum – A former B&O railroad freight and passenger station, which now houses hundreds of artifacts, a fully restored 1927 caboose, and an 1847 Howitzer replica.
Arthurdale – Known as “The Reedsville Project” by the government, employees who were sent here established the first New Deal Community under the first of three Franklin Delano Roosevelt administrations. Today, the community is known as “Eleanor’s Little Village” after the first lady’s interest and dedication to the creation of the project. Several of the original buildings are still standing and available for tours.
Esso Gas Station – A “stuck-in-time” period gas station in downtown Kingwood, complete with glass-domed gas pumps, era Coke machines, signs, and a restored pick-up truck.
Dents Run Covered Bridge – A 40-foot by 13-foot covered bridge that utilizes the Kingpost truss design. Construction costs totaled $448.
Getting there is half the fun.
Cheat River Outfitters – Raft the rapids of the Cheat River, take a float trip, find adventure with paintball, or climb the rock wall. Cheat River Outfitters will create a day of fun for you.
Preston County Inn– Built in 1857 and located in downtown Kingwood, the Inn is a great place to grab some buckwheat cakes and sit on the front porch in a rocking chair.
Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo – One of West Virginia’s largest collections of exotic and native animals, located between Reedsville and Kingwood.
Forks of Cheat Winery– A family-owned vineyard and winery that offers tastings and tours.
Gas and grub. Homemade food that hits the spot.
Little Sandy’s Truck Stop –A great place to fuel up if needed; you or the bike. Nearby is the Little Sandy Public Fishing Area and Dam. Watch the water roll off the dam and stretch your legs.
Monroe’s Deli Style Eatery– Healthy and tasty food are on the menu as well as good music and an eclectic atmosphere. The Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse is held on the second Saturday of each month from October through April, attracting acoustic musicians from all over the nation for your listening enjoyment.
Cool Springs Park – Take a break on Historic Route 50. Seated between two mountains, you can find a feed store, restaurant, and gas station.
Smokin’ Jacks– From wings to crab legs, stop in for a nice relaxed place to hang out. Great food, service, and nightlife, as well.
Ruby and Ketchy’s Restaurant – Old-fashioned food at old-fashioned prices