Coopers Rock State Forest

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Coopers Rock State Forest

West Virginia

(304) 594-1561

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Things To Do

Overview

Coopers Rock State Forest features bands of rockcliffs that line the Cheat River Gorge and provide numerous overlooks. The centerpiece among these is the main overlook, which furnishes a panorama of the gorge and distant horizons. A maze of enormous boulders and cliffs fascinates hikers, and the trails are especially lovely in June when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom. Several trails wind through forest valleys and over ridges, and a number of creeks beckon the explorer. Glade Run is dammed to form a 6-acre pond that is regularly stocked with trout. The observant hiker can hear and sometimes see squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, owls, turkeys, turkey vulture, songbirds, fox and deer throughout the forest.

Map of Coopers Rock (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.665069, -79.796052

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Nearly 50 miles of trails wind through the forest. One of the more popular trails, Henry Clay Iron Furnace Trail takes you on a trip back in time as you round the last bend of the trail you find a huge stone structure used for producing iron in the 1800's it is located in a grassy glade in an otherwise undisturbed forest.

  • Camping

    The campground opens April 1 - November 30 (weather permitting). All 25 sites have electric hookup. Pets must be leashed and not left unattended. Designated site are reservable from Friday prior to Memorial Day through October 31. Hot showers are available in the showerhouse and water is available at an outside faucet.

  • Fishing

    Properly licensed individuals are welcome to hunt or fish in-season, in specified areas. No hunting zones surround all forest recreational facilities.

  • Hiking

    Nearly 50 miles of trails wind through the forest. One of the more popular trails, Henry Clay Iron Furnace Trail takes you on a trip back in time as you round the last bend of the trail you find a huge stone structure used for producing iron in the 1800's it is located in a grassy glade in an otherwise undisturbed forest.

  • Historic Sites

    Contact the park for more information.

  • Hunting

    Properly licensed individuals are welcome to hunt or fish in-season, in specified areas. No hunting zones surround all forest recreational facilities.

  • Picnicking

    Numerous picnic sites and three shelters are provided for the enjoyment of forest visitors. These sites offer tables, grills, drinking water and toilet facilities.

Directions

Driving

Exit 15 off I-68, turn south and follow signs, 13 miles east of Morgantown and 8 miles west of Bruceton Mills.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(304) 594-1561

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