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Coopers Rock State Forest Loop is a 4.7 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Road biking

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Historic site

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Getting There

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.

Public parking, roofed pavilions, restrooms, several hiking trails, rock climbing

http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com/ coopersrocksf@wv.gov 1-800-CALL-WVA

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.

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Rebecca Piscia
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HikingBugsOff trail

Had a nice time on this route! Goes off marked trails at the beginning so pay attention to the app to keep you on track. Shade most of the way, but a few stretches towards the end where you’re out in the sun. Barely anyone was there today! This loop doesn’t include the overlook so make sure to check that out!

Melanie Barsotti
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Hiking

Well maintained. Nice hike through the woods with plenty of wildlife and interesting sights and rock formations.

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Luke Walkush
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HikingScramble

A friend and I hiked this trail in late June on an overcast/sunny day. We took a slight detour and began the hike on Rattlesnake trail. Our detour was an accident, but a blessing in disguise. The portion of the Rattlesnake trail that we stumbled upon was a very engaging scramble. It slowed our pace down quite a bit, but the huge rock formations in the middle of the forest were fun obstacles to weave through. The remainder of the hike was well maintained forest ground... the path was wide with a slight grade. The path environment varies quite a bit, and includes dense brush, several creeks/streams, and the 'Clay Iron Furnace' famous in the area. Fantastic day hike/loop. ~2 hours/~5 miles. NOTE: on this loop, there is not an overlook. I recommend hiking the loop, then walking over to the overlook trail near the parking lot for a beautiful view.

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Grace Tan
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Hiking

Great trail, we starts on the Rattlesnake Trail then connected with the route mentioned. Wide variety of terrain and vegetation. Most of the trail is well shaded. Also the outlook is open.

Gordon Owen
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Hiking

Originally forecast for stormy weather… Ended up being a perfectly beautiful day. With an original plan of hiking the 5 mile loop we started at the Coopers rock trading post. Somehow very early in the hike we ended up on Rattle Snake Trail. We realized very quickly that it was not our planned trek as we scaled down several hundred feet of rocky terrain with many obstacles along the path, AND notice only two other hikers had gone the same way. My Apple Watch began warming me to check the AllTrails map as we appeared to be off path... lol. Too far down the mountain to simply go back, we saw a reconnect to the planned route approximately 2/3 miles ahead. The mistaken path added a great workout, some adventure and a few laughs along our way. Coopers Rock is great place for hiking, and the sunsets are amazing! Check it out!

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Dan Lipnitz
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HikingOff trail

Rattlesnake trail.

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L Beson
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Hiking

Great trails. Beautiful scenery. The overlook was open although the website said it was closed. We extended the hike by several miles. We had the trails to ourselves. There were some people around the overlook and the parking/picnic area by the trading post by distancing was very easy.

Anthony Stoltzfus
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it was a nice hike ,not too many people. We saw a black snake and a rattle snake. If you start at the trading post the loop is actually 5.6 miles.

David Day
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Joshua Fedorski
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Very beautiful park and well maintained! This trail is great for doing a DIY route that can add on miles if you find yourself up to it! There’s a diversity of trees and scenery changes as well as different trail structures which keeps it fresh. Today we made a detour for the lake and furnace which was nice for my friend who was a first timer. Usually we start at the Underlook/Underside Trail and go along Rock City and Rattlesnake and kind of just meander our way through. Having a GPS is nice for not following the trails exactly and making your own loop.

Gina Henderson
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HikingMuddyRocky

Really great hike. Started at the Clay Run trailhead instead of the overlook parking lot to get a hike in before reaching the overlook “summit.” Definitely recommend this! Trail wasn’t marked well around the small reservoir, but we easily got back on track. A little muddy/watery in some parts but an overall gorgeous hike. Did the Rattlesnake trail instead of Rock City upon approach to the overlook. Was really fun to climb around the boulders and keep an eye out for snakes!

Matt James
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Hiking

This isn’t an ‘official’ trail - I believe we went on McCollum trail up to coopers rock. Nice moderately challenging hike through forest with a great view at the top.

Julianne User
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Hiking

One of the best trails my boyfriend and I have done. Our favorite part was rattlesnake trail!

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Erin cramer
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Mike P
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HikingScramble

Great trail less than 2 hours outside of Pittsburgh. Started off on the Rattlesnake Trail and went back on the AllTrails route. Rattlesnake was fun with a lot of crevasses and climbing for 0.8 miles. The whole trail (5 miles) was very well marked. Good variety in elevation, terrain, creeks, etc. Overlook is closed though due to Coronavirus which is unfortunate; it looked really nice.

Douglas Sears
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Hiking

this is a REALLY fun area for hiking. Beautiful rock formations and plenty of forest.

joel ellis
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Hiking

Hiked part of the trail with my German shepherd today. It was nice and cool out with not many people out. Saw a few hunters in the distance. It was really pretty with all the leaves on the ground.

Devon Conner
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Hiking

Did get off the path once but reading prior reviews and using a map helped! Great hike!

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Kelcey Rae
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Hiking

The view was great, quite a bit of people though. We went to the scenic outlook area. Didn’t get to explore the trails very much because it was so crowded everywhere you went, so we decided to come back another time. I moved here from a different state so I didn’t know what to expect. Definitely will try to go on a week day next time.

Steven Anderson
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Hiking

I started along the road side trail until it cut north and continued counter clockwise. This area is some of the most gorgeous I have hiked in the WV area, however, be aware that the GPS overlay of this area does not match up well to the trail loop depicted. I had to turn around 3 separate times because the GPS overlay showed me taking one trail when in reality I should have taken the other which was not always marked as a trail and often times looked more like a maintenance road. The trail does have maps along the route posting where you are, however, this was the first time I have had issues with the overlay not matching. Definitely great for families and recommend checking out the overlook as well as the iron furnace!

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John A
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Hiking

The no trail, that's what the locals call it. This trail is a conglomeration of several trails. These trails are well marked. Suggest you obtain a trail map from the office and take a few minutes BEFORE hiking to select which trailS to use. There are no markings for the Altrails Coopers Rock trail. Suggest to use Altrails app as a reference. The overall hike was fantastic. The trails were either loose rocks, or protruding roots. I would highly reccomend this hike.... after planning your route. It is for that reason. I took a star

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