Top Spots for Leaf Peeping in Greater Morgantown

Mountain Views, Scenic Trails, Colorful Leafs & More!

(Photo provided by WV State Tourism)

You’ve decorated with seasonal decor and you’re unpacking your sweaters from your wardrobe..fall is officially in the air! Not only is the weather getting crisp, but festivals are underway, and you can smell the pumpkin spice lattes everywhere you turn.

No matter where the country roads take you, the trees are starting to change to yellow, orange and red. Since foliage in West Virginia is so beautiful, we put together a roadmap of the best peeping destinations to visit the Wild and Wonderful color changes throughout Greater Morgantown.

Cooper’s Rock State Forest

Along the Cheat River Gorge, Cooper’s Rock offers a 360-degree, picturesque view of the state forest. With its multiple overlooks, 21 hiking trails and wildlife, Cooper’s Rock is a must-see when traveling into Morgantown.

Dorsey’s Knob Park and Lodge

Enjoy the 71-acre view of the Monongahela River at Dorsey’s Knob Park and climb the “Sky Rock,” which stands nearly 600 feet above the tall pines–known as the highest peak in Morgantown. You can also stay the night at Dorsey’s Knob Lodge if you want to relax in a mountaintop atmosphere.

Cathedral State Park

Explore the bosky trails of the majestic forest at Cathedral State Park. As a remembrance of what once garnished the Appalachian highlands, Cathedral State Park is a hemlock forest with trees reaching up to 90-feet high!

WVU Core Arboretum

Located near the WVU Coliseum, the WVU Core Arboretum is a 91-acre trail of hillside and bottomland along the Monongahela River. The Arboretum has many trails aligned with colorful trees and shrubs, as well as bridges.

WV Botanic Garden

The WV Botanic Garden is the former reservoir which supplied water to the Morgantown area from 1912 to 1969. The old structures of the reservoir can be seen along the many trails through the floral forest that the Botanical Garden offers.

Cranesville Swamp

Follow the Nature Conservancy signs to enter Cranesville Swamp. An area that harbors more than 1,700 acres, Cranesville Swamp offers a great atmosphere to experience a variety of plants and birds.

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