Load up, gear down and unwind on the breathtaking country roads of Greater Morgantown–an extraordinary land of natural beauty. Here, high country and mirrored lakes are gifts we call “Almost Heaven.”

Your journey through Mountaineer Country is a discovery of hidden gems and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Start with scenic ride day trips! Our “Veteran’s Memorials” itinerary is 214 miles or 5-1/2 hours of historic cemeteries, a visit to the Greatest Generation War Museum, and a breathtaking view from Cannon Hill, a Civil War historic site.

“Covered Bridges” is actually five historic structures, as well as a stop at Valley Falls State Park. As its name implies, you’ll be treated to a series of waterfalls and plenty of places to spread a blanket and picnic in the great outdoors.

 

Nothing But Curves” is a foodies’ 5-hour, 204-mile joy ride! Your first stop is Monroe’s Deli where healthy dining options and good music are on the menu. More eclectic dining follows: Cool Springs Park includes gas, a restaurant serving foot-long hotdogs, and a farm–all in one place! Little Sandy’s Truck Stop offers homemade food and a full cup of coffee served by a waitress calling you “hon.”

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Our “Scenic Beauty” route takes you to Coopers Rock State Park overlook–a breathtaking 1,200-ft. high overlook into a mile-wide gorge. Hikers will fall in love with more than 50 miles of hiking trails, from easy leg stretchers to long day hikes. Your 6-hour road trip also makes a stop at Cathedral State Park, an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions. Make time to cool off with a stop at Smoke Hole Caverns, nature’s air-conditioned underground, sitting at a cool 54 degrees year ‘round.

July 26-29, Greater Morgantown celebrates “the ride” in a big way with the 14th annual MountainFest Motorcycle Rally. Live national acts include legendary musicians Alabama, Montgomery Gentry and Brett Michaels. Register to win VIP passes at tourmorgantown.com/ride.

Greater Morgantown is an exciting American destination with a secret: a wealth of Appalachian culture that is reflected in annual festivals. Save the dates in 2018!

For true outdoor adventure, experience the Cheat River. This whitewater splashes over 30 rapids rated Class III or higher and are ideal for kayaking and rafting. Get an unbeatable view from the forest canopy with a flight through the trees on four zip lines that deliver you to a rappelling station.

Make sure you make time to squeeze in a wine tasting at Forks-of-Cheat, a locally-owned, award-winning winery.

The three Greater Morgantown Visitors’ Centers stand ready to assist with itineraries and overnight accommodations that range from luxury to log cabins, condos and cottages, call 800-458-7373 or visit tourmorgantown.com. For valuable coupons to use during your stay, visit MountaineerDeals.com.