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 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 […]
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 offers year-round tent camping, RV sites, and cabin rentals. Pavilion rentals for group events are available from spring to fall. The park is county owned with fun for everyone including: camping, hiking, sledding, fishing, swimming, biking, geocaches, picnic areas, playgrounds, a summer concert series, and family activities year round. They are located adjacent […]
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 […]
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 […]
The West Virginia Botanic Garden is the state’s flagship public garden. This historic property features a variety of habitats including wetlands, meadows, and virgin hemlock forest. Cultivated gardens, art, and interpretive signage are developed throughout the 85-acre site. The garden is open to the public from dawn to dusk with educational walks, camps, and programs […]
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