Best trails in Coopers Rock State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Coopers Rock State Forest ranging from 1.1 to 5.3 miles and from 1,784 to 2,283 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Coopers Rock State Forest gets its name from a legend about a fugitive who hid from the law near what is now the overlook. A cooper by trade, he resumed making barrels at his new mountain hideout, selling them to people in nearby communities. He lived and worked in the forest for many years. During the Depression, between 1936 and 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built numerous structures in the forest, often using durable American chestnut wood from trees that succumbed to a blight that nearly wiped out the species. Eleven of these structures, including the rustic picnic shelters near the overlook, have been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Coopers Rock State Forest is 13 miles east of Morgantown and 8 miles west of Bruceton Mills. Its 12,713 acres are bisected by Interstate 68. Although the forest serves as a recreation and preservation area, it has a wider range of uses. West Virginia's state forests also serve as areas of publicly owned land for forestry research, timber management, and watershed and wildlife protection. The side north of Interstate 68, known as the WVU Forest, makes up the forest management area leased by the West Virginia University Division of Forestry for forestry research, teaching, and demonstration. To the south of I-68 is the main recreation area. OverlookBands of rockcliffs 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.
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Map of trails in Coopers Rock State Forest
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Acreage:
12713 acres
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(304) 594-1561
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Coopers Rock State Forest Loop
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
NOTE: Trail is open but overlook is closed due to COVID-19. Coopers Rock offers activities for fishers, hikers, hunters, campers and rock climbers. Several trails wind through forest valleys, throuShow more
#2 - Rock City Trail
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 40 m
A short trail that wends through magnificent rock formations and a rhododendron forest. Easy and interesting hike.Show more
#3 - Scott's Run Loop Trail
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Scott's Run Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#4 - Clay Furnace Trail
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 33 m
This trail goes to the Henry Clay Furnace, a pig iron furnace that was in operation from 1845 to 1865, and then sporadically after that until 1889. The furnace is a large, dramatic pyramid shape, andShow more
#5 - Rhododendron to Ridge to Rattlesnake Loop
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Rhododendron to Ridge to Rattlesnake Loop is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate aShow more
#6 - Clay Run Trail
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
Clay Run Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#7 - Advanced Ski Trail
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
Advanced Ski Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#8 - Coopers Rock Roadside Trail
Coopers Rock State Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Coopers Rock Roadside Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilyShow more