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Blaze A TrailThis exciting West Virginia city has a secret:  a wealth of easily accessible scenic trails!  Mountain biking, trail hiking, rock climbing and snow skiing are gateways to the awesome wildlife, fresh air and breathtaking views.

Grab your picnic basket and head to the Rail-Trail, open for non-motorized use, primarily walking, cycling, jogging and roller blading with a smooth durable surface for wheelchairs and all types of bicycles.

Located within Morgantown’s city limits is the 91-acre WVU Core Arboretum.  Approximately 3.5 miles of trails provide access to densely wooded areas and 3 acres of lawn planted with specimen trees.

Just 10 miles east of Morgantown, Chestnut Ridge Park offers a great hike along the Great Gorge Trail and the Mile Trail; do stop by Bruceton Mills Dam since you’re here . . . and there’s whitewater on Little Sandy Creek for all you thrill seekers!

For a spectacular range of birds and mammals take a day trip to Cranesville Swamp.  Lucky visitors may spot the rare northern water shrew, or catch a glimpse of a bear rummaging through the shrub thickets surrounding Muddy Creek.  Patience and binoculars may afford others a glimpse of any one of the more than 100 bird species, such as alder flycatcher, Blackburnian warbler, or the saw-whet owl. Visit www.tourmorgantown.com/birding for  a complete list of birding sites.

The 133-acre Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions!  Trees up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference form cloisters in the park. Over 170 species of vascular flora have been catalogued and over 50 species of wildflowers.

The Coopers Rock State Forest offers nearly 50 miles of trails, ranging from easy leg-stretchers to long, difficult day hikes. Make your way out to the 1,200 ft. scenic overlook and the famous Rock City with 30’ boulders and an abundance of top rope routes. Many of the park’s trails are suitable for cross-country skiing in winter.

Graced with four distinct seasons and natural adventure for all levels and interests, Greater Morgantown’s spectacular outdoors will draw you in!

Biking/Walking Trails

Caperton Trail

This trail offers 6 miles of paved surface, perfect for rollerblading, walking, and biking. Located within the Star City and Morgantown city limits, this trail runs through the Edith Barill Park, the WVU Core Arboretum and the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park. The Caperton Trail is an urban trail with easy access to neighboring restaurants and shopping areas in Morgantown and Star City. There is parking available in Morgantown at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, Seneca Center and a metered parking lot is located in the Wharf District. In Star City, parking is available at Edith Barill Riverfront Park.
800-458-7373 | Website

Monongahela River Trail

North Trail: The 6 mile trail follows along the Monongahela River from Star City to the Pennsylvania state line. There is parking available in Star City at the Edith Barill Riverfront Park. South Trail: This trail is a wooded, river valley trail from Morgantown to Pricketts Fort State Park in Marion County. The trail is 17.7 miles long with 14.7 miles in Monongalia County and 3 miles in Marion County. The Mon River Trail has a crushed limestone surface that is comfortable for wheelchairs, strollers, and tricycles. The trail follows a wooded river valley with many scenic river views, occasional waterfalls, and a variety of wildflowers in the spring and autumn. Parking is available at the Uffington boat dock, off of Route 73.
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Decker’s Creek Trail

From Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown to slightly west of Reedsville, WV in Preston County. The rail-trail follows scenic Deckers Creek upstream with an elevation change of 1,000 feet over 19 miles. Landscapes are very scenic and secluded with hardwoods, hemlock and rhododendron, and rock outcroppings. This trail provides easy access to Morgantown’s Marilla Park and the Arthurdale Heritage District and Museum on Route 92. The trail also provides close-up views of Greer Limestone and The Bretz Coke Ovens. Parking is available in Morgantown at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park and in Sabraton at Marilla Park. Masontown and Reedsville also have trailheads with parking.
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Big Bear Lake

Recreational camping and outdoor activities for the outdoor enthusiast. April 1 through October 31. Enjoy the splendor of the West Virginia mountains on hiking trails where you will find some of the most unique wild flowers and birds in the country. We have 24 miles of mountain bike trails for those who need a more challenging outdoor experience. The mountain bike and hiking trails are open from January 1st thru October 1st. A 35 acre lake for swimming, fishing or laying on the beach. Rt3 Box 204, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525.
304-379-4382 | Website

Resources

Wamsley’s Bicycle Rental

Wamsley Cycles is part bike shop, part hangout for cyclists, and part bike university. Regular customers visit before or after rides and talk of their adventures. Often, their shared experiences help newcomers. Located on the trail at Seneca Center. Quality bicycles, sales, and service. Monday 10 am to 8 pm, Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Sat. 10 am to 5 pm. 709 Beechurst Ave., Morgantown, WV, 26505.
304-296-2447 | Website

Pathfinder

Bikes, skates, skis, snowboards, paddling, camping and climbing. Mon 10am-7pm, Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm. 235 High St., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-296-0076 | Website

Nature Trails: Walking/Hiking, Leaf Peeping, Bird Watching

WVU Core Arboretum

WVU Department of Biology. Hiking trails with varied species of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Monongahela Blvd., Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-293 5201 ext. 31547 | Website

Cheat Lake Park and Trail

A 4.5-mile trail featuring a 12-foot-wide, handicapped accessible pavement that follows the Lake Lynn shoreline along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. A nature viewing area is located at the southern tip and a fishing platform near the station is at the northern tip.

Chestnut Ridge Park

Picturesque Chestnut Ridge Park & Campground is surrounded by Coopers Rock State Forest and the West Virginia University Forest, creating an outdoor recreational area of over 16,000 acres. Located just 10 miles east of Morgantown, West Virginia on Interstate 68 (exit 15 / Coopers Rock). Rt.1 Box 267, Bruceton Mills, WV 26527.
304-594-1773 | Website

Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last living commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forest which once flourished in the Appalachian highlands. Trees up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference form cloisters in the park. Located on Rt. 50 near Aurora, WV, approximately five miles west of Red House, MD.
304-735-3771 | Website

Cranesville Swamp

An astonishing arboreal bog harboring plants and birds that usually occur much farther north. 1,650 acres protected by The Nature Conservancy. 10 miles south of I-68 on the border with Maryland. Just east of the town of Cranesville on State Route 42, turn south onto the unpaved Burnside Camp Road. After 1 mile turn left onto a country road and follow the Nature Conservancy signs into the parking area.
301-897-8570 | Website

Dorsey’s Knob Park

71-acre park provides a picturesque view of the Monongahela River. Sky Rock stands nearly 600 feet above a landscape of deep valets and tall pines. Public picnic areas available as well as a rental lodge. Rt. 119 off of I-68, Morgantown, WV 26505.
304-296-8356 | Website

West Virginia Botanic Garden

The former Tibbs Run Reservoir which supplied water to the Morgantown area from 1912 to 1969. Some remnants of the old structures are still visible on the property. These structures can be seen from the Reservoir Loop Trail. The garden is open to the public from dawn to dusk with educational walks available throughout the year, as well as handicap accessible trails and parking upon request. 1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV 26508.
304-376-2717 | Website

Skiing & Tubing

Chestnut Ridge Park

Skiing, Snowboarding and Sledding located just 10 miles east of Morgantown, West Virginia on Interstate 68 (exit 15 / Coopers Rock). Rt.1 Box 267, Bruceton Mills, WV 26527.
304-594-1773 | Website




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