If it's incredible views that you want, then look no further than Coopers Rock State Forest!
Coopers Rock State Forest is named for Coopers Rock, which is a series of sandstone cliffs that site above the Cheat River Gorge. Kids - here's a bit of fun information! Legend has it that a fugitive hid near what is now the overlook. This fugitive was a cooper by trade, and he continued to make and sell barrels from his mountain hideout.
Then, during the 1800s the iron industry blossomed in the area that is now Coopers Rock. You can even see some of this history today, with the remains of the Henry Clay Furnace – the first steam-powered blast furnace in western Virginia. It's now a popular hiking and biking destination in the forest.
This West Virginia gem is just a few minutes off Interstate 68, and has a host of overlooks where you can stop and enjoy the amazing canyon views in any season.
Not only that, you can look towards your next adventure too! You see, Coopers Rock State Forest is an ideal getaway for families, as there are a host of treasures and activities within it's boundaries perfect for that family day out.
There are numerous historical sites within the forest, as well as miles of hiking trails for those more active kids. There are even lots of spots to explore around the enormous boulders and cliffs.
Coopers Rock State Forest is a huge 12,713 acres, and also offers camping too if you want to extend that stay! You might need extra time there to spot all of the local wildlife. The observant hiker can hear and sometimes see squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, owls, turkeys, turkey vulture, songbirds, fox and deer throughout the forest.
Great outdoor adventure for the whole family, in one of the prettiest parts of the USA!
Take plenty of sun protection as that sun can get pretty strong!
Coopers Rock campground has 25 sites, all with electrical hookups, a central bathhouse with showers, and water available at an outside faucet. Wireless Internet is available for registered campsites and pets are permitted as long as your furry friends are kept on a leash. West Virginia State Park campground reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
Take a picnic! There are plenty of spots to enjoy your tasty family lunch.
Healthy Eating Take plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated
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Year round, but camping ends Oct 31.
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