Coopers Rock State Forest Loop

MODERATE 123 reviews

Coopers Rock State Forest Loop is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Morgantown, West Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 613 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

historic site

Coopers Rock offers activities for fishers, hikers, hunters, campers and rock climbers. Several trails wind through forest valleys, through enormous boulders, and over ridges. A 6-acre pond that is regularly stocked with trout provides fishing in season. Please note this is a series of several connecting trails that may not be well marked. Be sure to use map to guide you along the way as to not get lost.

hiking
24 days ago

Great trails some harder than others all though end with a well rewarding view. As always Wild and Wonderful.

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muddy
rocky
24 days ago

Very fun hike! Accidentally took Rattlesnake Trail but that turned out to be my favorite part.

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muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

2 months ago

Make sure you read the reviews and trail description, as this isn't one trail but a series of trails pieced together. If you keep that in mind, the trails are REALLY well marked with clear signage throughout. We had a tough time figuring out which way to start but were good once we got on the Rock City trail (and honestly you could probably just start with that). Hiked clockwise and detoured to have lunch by the reservoir. Varied landscape and beautiful scenery throughout. We also detoured to see Ravens Rock... that trail is annoying (rocky AND muddy) but worth it for the views.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Excellent hike. Best hiked Clockwise. Has a little of everything. Views, rock formations, historic sites.

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Starting at Mcollum campground, my wife and I extended the Mocollum trail to raven trail route by following an old logging road past the service building (left of bldg). Was a nice down, then up and around a hill and ultimately back to ravens trail. Ravens trail is a very popular, especially on a noce day. Rocky and well worn trail that appears to get saturated with mud in some places during the spring. Lucy and Stella, our sister golden doodles, loved the mud and the many other dogs she they along the way. I

hiking
3 months ago

Scenic hike that can be made longer or shorter as wanted. I hiked from the main gate to Raven Rock (which has a better view and is more remote than Coopers Rock) first, then to Coopers Rock. The walk to Coopers Rock itself was easy.

3 months ago

Very scenic. I highly recommend starting at dawn at the main overlook since it gets crowded. Rattlesnake Trail is amazing. Lots of choices from there. Raven rock has the best views by far. None of the trails would be considered hard. Great place to spend a day.

hiking
8 months ago

Very pretty area, good for a quick hike. Raven’s Rock was my favorite trail (That’s where everyone gets those cool pictures)

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Definitely watch for rattlesnakes in the open part of the clay run trail

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

Went on the hike yesterday morning, and the temperature was perfect. We took the North Mont Chateau trail and veered off into some other trails, and at the end clocked in at about 11.5 miles (with 175 floors climbed)! The hike is marked well and has some great views. Walking in between some of the massive rocks, seeing the Iron Furnace and seeing the mini-beach at Cheat Lake were some of the biggest highlights. The overlook of Coopers Rock is amazing but was extremely crowded. If you come during early morning, you may have a better experience. Overall great hike, definitely worth the 5 hours for me. Check out some of my photos. Sitting down afterwards was great haha

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2018

I had a day off and decided to hike this trail, since all the reviews said the trail was marked and easily followed I knew it would be a great hike. Unfortunately, it's not marked all that great and I ended up taking wrong turn that resulted in 1.5 miles out and back to get back onto the trail turning my 5 mile hike into 8. I used the app the rest of the trail until i happened upon the end of it which wasn't well marked at all and eventually I just followed the road. Everything was beautiful, and had this been at my peak fitness a couple years ago I wouldn't have felt like I was going to die. I'd recommend using the app to guide you if you're going to follow this trail as it is actually a loop around several connecting trails. If you do that, you'll likely have a much better experience than I. Happy Trails!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Trail starts great down through huge boulders. Declines down into a valley with a beautiful creek and the clay furnace. The second half of the trail is pretty open without a lot of great scenery.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great views

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The recommended route is good - except the final stretch on the clay trail is open to the sun and is a flat fire road - probably could have taken a different course. Highly recommend deviating at the beginning and starting on rattlesnake trail and then cutting over along the giant boulders. Very beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Good hike on a beautiful day. The rock city trail will test your feet but still a good loop. Be sure to check out Ravens Rock.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is a well marked great trail that will give a hiker lots of varying terrain and plenty of large fissures to explore within the boulders. The snow gave us a layer of difficulty that was not expected but added beauty to one's senses.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this park. Park in the main lot by Cooper's Rock and walk 5 min to the really nice and fenced in observation area on top. A trail takes you below the rock and right through a really neat rock garden that's fun to explore. Once through that stone labyrinth you can take a trail down to a secluded beach on Cheat Lake or go uphill past an old iron furnace ruins to the road. Follow the road to the Raven Rock trail and walk a mike or so to the rock outcropping. Raven Rock is not fenced so be careful. It is the best photo spot in the park followed by Cooper's Rock. Don't miss either one. The gift store below the parking lot has great food and souvenirs, too. This was one of my favorite hikes!

hiking
Thursday, February 02, 2017

Great view and fun rocks to climb on.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

great hike. During the winter months, you can start this hike in the outer parking area at the entrance to the State Forest.

hiking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love it! Nice walk; or a great climb.

walking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Gorgeous!

Friday, September 09, 2016

Undertrail was moderate hard but worth it

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