Nature Trails in Morgantown, WV

Discover miles of picturesque forests! Paved and dirt paths serve as great guides to view and explore varied species of trees, plants, flowers and wildlife. Hike to open, nature-viewing areas and watch for birds indigenous to the area! Trails are free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.


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 […]

Cheat Lake Park and Trail

A 4.5-mile trail featuring a 12-footwide, 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. Children’s playground on Cheat Lake situated next to the 4.5-mile rail-trail. Picnic areas, […]

Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground

Chestnut Ridge Park is surrounded by Coopers Rock State Forest and the West Virginia University Forest. This incredible outdoor recreational area encompasses more than 16,000 acres. Just 10 miles east of Morgantown, W.Va. on Interstate 68, the park is located at Exit 15 / Coopers Rock. Cross country skiing, tubing, sledding and skiing are all […]

Core Arboretum

The WVU Core Arboretum is an outdoor facility for education, research, and recreation. We welcome visitors every day, from dawn to dusk. The WVU Core Arboretum is located on a 91-acre tract of hillside and bottomland near the WVU Coliseum, between Monongahela Boulevard and the Monongahela River.  The Arboretum has 3 miles of foot trails, lawns with […]

Cranesville Swamp

At Cranesville Swamp, the elements of wind, water, mountains, and temperature have created a landscape that is both beautiful and rare.  The hills surrounding Cranesville Swamp channel precipitation and chilled air into the valley, which makes the preserve one of the coolest and soggiest spots in West Virginia.  This is an astonishing arboreal bog harboring […]

Dorsey’s Knob Park

The 71-acre park provides a scenic 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

West Virginia Botanic Garden

The West Virginia Botanic Garden is 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. Other trails include the Forest Trail, Tibbs Crossing Trail, and the Farside […]