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Coopers Rock State Forest Bruceton Mills

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Coopers Rock State Forest
Rt. 1
Bruceton Mills
WV
26525
Tel: (304) 594-1561

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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. Bands 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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    A perfect one day adventure less than two hours away from New Martinsville, WV Go, explore and enjoy a day of beauty!

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    One of the most beautiful overlooks I have come across. If you in the area and have never been there it's worth the trip I promise you. Lots of fun trails to hike with rock climbing available also.

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    It's a wonderful place for hiking, running and biking. If you park at the parking lot right at the entrance, you have several great choices: the 3-mile Roadside Trail to the visitor's center (where they sell soft drinks and sport drinks that can help you run the 3 miles back to your car; so it's a 6 mile round trip); or take the 2-mile Advanced X-Country Ski trail down to the Henry Clay Iron Furnace (it's 4 miles round-trip, and about 1500 feet of elevation gain on the way back); Scott's Run trail is right across the road, too. Any trail out here...Read More

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    Great place to hike and boulder. This area is beautiful!

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    Very enjoyable, many enjoyable trails and great views!

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by Frank Tate

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It's a wonderful place for hiking, running and biking. If you park at the parking lot right at the entrance, you have several great choices: the 3-mile Roadside Trail to the visitor's center (where they sell soft drinks and sport drinks that can help you run the 3 miles back to your car; so it's a 6 mile round trip); or take the 2-mile Advanced X-Country Ski trail down to the Henry Clay Iron Furnace (it's 4 miles round-trip, and about 1500 feet of elevation gain on the way back); Scott's Run trail is right across the road, too. Any trail out here is pretty wonderful.

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