Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Morgantown, West Virginia

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Morgantown, West Virginia sits in the northeastern part of the state between interstates 79 and 68. 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.

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Did you know? Every June Morgantown hosts a downhill half marathon known as the Decker’s Creek Half with a cumulative elevation drop of 800 feet.

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