Coopers Rock State Forest Loop

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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.

4.8 miles
613 feet

dogs on leash





mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

rock climbing


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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.

5 months ago

Great views

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

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!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Great view and fun rocks to climb on.

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love it! Nice walk; or a great climb.

Monday, October 03, 2016


Friday, September 09, 2016

Undertrail was moderate hard but worth it

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Started on the Overlook trail then took the Rattlesnake trail to the Rock City trail to Ridge trail where we took a trail down to the lake. Then came back Mont Chateau trail to Rhododendron trail. Great hike!!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Went on a Monday so didn't experience any of the crowds that others have. The rock city trail was really nice and seemed to be the only one on it at the time. Overlook is also beautiful. I'd absolutely recommend it - many different trails.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ugghhh. I didn't have a lot of time so I just headed to the Raven Rock lookout. What a lousy trail. It was more like a dirt road where the dirt has eroded away so much as to leave a bunch of loose rocks. And I really didn't find the view at the end all that great. It's a vista view that is fairly mundane. When I arrived there was a parasailor waiting for a gust of wind to launch him into the great beyond. It never came. Besides, the power lines were kinda in the way.

The trails leading to the "road" that takes you to the lookout were quite nice. I suspect the rest of the hiking grounds are much better then the Raven trail, but I didn't hike those so my review is based on Raven Rock.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Great! Easy hike. Trails were well marked and the view at the end of Raven Rock was incredible.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Amazing views and good trails!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Beautiful trail. I highly recommend! I suggest the overlook last, it is like the cherry on top.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Great trails and beautiful scenery here!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

This place is what instigated my love of the outdoors. I no longer live in this area, but my love of hiking, camping and rock climbing all started here, atop my fathers shoulders 20 years ago.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Cooper's Rock is a beautiful overlook, but there's a lot of people on most weekends. The overlook is astounding so bring a camera and enjoy! There are lots of pavilions to relax at, and there are lots of trails so choose from at the top to hike around.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

I have hiked, mountain biked, and rock climbed here. First, the hiking is awesome with beautiful views at the tops of the various trails. Mountain biking is kinda crazy because of how rocky it is. Count on hiking up a lot and dig down deep (at least I had to) to trust your suspension to go to work. Bouldering (rock climbing with no ropes on low climbs) is great here. Lots of holds and plenty of other people with the same idea. Easy to spot good routes.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Beautiful area and easily accessible off I-68. Many trail and non-trail areas to explore. Highly suggest the overlook, rattlesnake trail (which is aptly named, keep you eyes and ears open) Rock City is a blast. Can easily spend a whole day exploring.
Pros: Easy to get to, fantastic rock forms and views
Cons: Very popular and tends to get over-crowded on pleasant weekends (as it should)

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Started with a picnic lunch then hiked several short trails including overlook, under look, rattlesnake (my favorite and more challenging), ridge, rock city, mont chateau and rhododendron back to the visitor center. It was a hot day but in the shade of the trails it was perfect. One small white tail deer was flinched out by our dog.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spectacular overlooks, interesting historic furnace. Numerous trails--we did a few and they were all in pretty nice condition. Rocks and exposed roots call for "moderate" rating--trails were a little slippery with fallen leaves when we were there. Very crowded around the parking lots and public areas--and on some of the easier, adjacent hikes. Enough variety for many repeat visits. Spectacular in autumn.

mountain biking
Friday, September 23, 2011

There is an amazing overlook at the end of the main drive. The trails are well maintained and drain fairly well after a storm. There is terrain for novice to expert with some places for rappelling and rock climbing.

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