While this lively community of just under 30,000 is probably best known as the home of the West Virginia Mountaineers Big East football squad, its potential for outdoor recreation is not to be overlooked. Situated along the wide and winding Monongahela River, Morgantown provides several access points to whitewater of varying classes. To find some of the area’s best whitewater options, head southeast of town toward the Cheat Canyon or the Cheat Narrows. For hiking, biking, and climbing opportunities visit the 12,000-acre Coopers Rock State Park.
Coopers Rock State Forest is one of our family’s favorite areas to spend the day. The varied terrain makes it a great place to take the kids rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, or just exploring the boulders and playing in the creeks. In addition to that, it also offers more difficult opportunities when my husband and I are looking for a challenge. With so much to explore, we never get bored at Coopers!
One of my favorite things to do is ride my bicycle in Preston County, WV. Whether it's a technical mountain bike loop at Cooper's Rock or a road bike ride around Bruceton Mills, this is how I spend a lot of my days off. Of course with winter on the way XC Skiing at Cooper's Rock will be a good seasonal alternative.
Just a few minutes out of town, Coopers Rock State Forest offers a wealth of year round outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, bouldering, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing all against the backdrop of the beautiful Cheat Canyon. While even more local, White Park is a lesser known gem great for mountain biking and shorter walks in the woods. There are also many great fishing opportunities in the area, including recovering populations of many species of fish in Cheat Lake and everything from Bluegill to Musky in the Monongahela River.