Hike at Cooper's Rock State Forest
Cooper's Rock State Forest is just outside of Morgantown off I-68. There are many good trails for hiking. My favorite is the Raven Rock trail which is between 1-2 miles of a wide rocky path that culminates with a fairly steep uphill climb at the very end to the Raven Rock overlook. The view from Raven Rock is the best in this part of the state (with the exception that it does have power lines running through it). You can see the Cheat River over 1,000 feet below as it meanders through the valley with visible geologic activity such as point bars and cut banks. There is an easily accesible viewpoint at Cooper's Rock in the park that can be reached even by wheelchair which also provides a spectacular view but Raven Rock is still worth the effort.
There are also several other trails of interest. The Rock City trail is quite easy and very fun as you walk through Rhododendron plants and 40 foot high rock walls surround you. Another tough trail is the Rattlesnake trail which allows for a lot of bouldering to get around.
Also for the rock climbers out there, Cooper's Rock offers rock climbing throughout the park with the exception of the main outlook area. There are maps available at the visitor's center with difficult routes on them.
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- Mountain Climbing
drive around/through West Virginia Univ.
West Virginia Universtity has some interesting layouts and architecture and its famous PRT system (see http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/dbd74/9/).
The roads around and through the campus are simple but we were stopped once by campus patrol to find out what we were doing there (without a campus sticker on the window). Many of the buildings are spread out within Morgantown itself; just follow where the PRT goes and you will find the various sites.
So take a camera and take a few minutes and get some nice pics for yourself.
- Road Trip
Cooper's Rock State Park for sightseeking
Exit 15 off I-68, turn south and follow signs, 13 miles east of Morgantown and 8 miles west of Bruceton Mills.
Nearly 50 miles of trails wind through the forest.
Lakeview Golf Resort and Conference Center
West Virginia University
Swimming and boating on Cheat Lake
Numerous picnic sites and three shelters are provided for the enjoyment of forest visitors. These sites offer tables, grills, drinking water and toilet facilities. The shelters may be reserved by calling the forest office at 304-594-1561, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10% Discount to Senior Citizen 60 & older
All 25 sites have electric hookup
The campground opens April 1- November 30
Pets must be leashed and not left unattended
Price is for one tent or trailer per site and six people per site. Additional people are $3.00 per person and a maximum of 10 people permitted.
Hot showers are available in the showerhouse and water is available at an outside faucet
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
Wine Tasting at Forks of Cheat Winery
I happened to stumble upon this winery by accident as I was driving through West Virgina one day and saw a sign for a winery, but I had some time so I followed the signs (very well marked) and found myself on a gorgeous overlook before going into a very quaint but nicely put together winery. Since I was driving, I wasn't able to sample everything I wanted, but I was most impressed with their selection of red wines (the whites tended to be thin and tinny). They also had a fairly large selection of fruit wines, but I'm not a fan, so I didn't try any. My favorite overall - a Cab. Sav. for $10.50. The winery was only about 15 minutes off the highway, so if you find yourself in the area, it's worth a stop.
- Wine Tasting
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