Outdoor Adventures in Morgantown, WV

Explore the hills and valleys of Appalachia! State parks with scenic overlooks, wooded trails for biking and hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting and zip lining are just a few ways to enjoy the great gifts of nature in Greater Morgantown!

Big Bear Lake

Recreational camping and outdoor activities for the outdoor enthusiast are available April 1 through October 31. Enjoy the splendor of the West Virginia mountains on hiking trails where you will find some of the most unique wild flowers and birds in the country. We have 24 miles of mountain bike trails for those who need […]

Caperton Trail

This trail offers six miles of paved surface, perfect for rollerblading, walking and biking. Located within the Star City and Morgantown city limits, this trail runs through the Edith Barill Park, the WVU Core Arboretum and the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park. The Caperton Trail is an urban trail with easy access to neighboring restaurants and […]

Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last living commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forest which once flourished in the Appalachian highlands. Trees up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference form cloisters in the park. Located on Rt. 50 near Aurora, WV, approximately […]

Cheat Lake

1,800-acre lake provides ideal conditions for crappie, channel and yellow perch, bass, walleye, catfish and panfish. Try the tailwater  fishing pier for walleye and sauger at dark when they begin feeding. Located about 25 minutes from Morgantown. (Take U.S. Rt. 119 from Morgantown to Point Marion, PA, turn right after crossing the  Cheat River and […]

Cheat Lake Park and Trail

A 4.5-mile trail featuring a 12-footwide, handicapped accessible pavement that follows the Lake Lynn shoreline along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. A nature viewing area is located at the southern tip and a fishing platform near the station is at the northern tip. Children’s playground on Cheat Lake situated next to the 4.5-mile rail-trail. Picnic areas, […]

Cheat River and Big Sandy Creek, Albright

The Cheat Canyon is a premier Spring whitewater run with over 30 rapids Class III or better. Enormous boulders build a spectacular river that ranges from “nice and easy” to “raucous and raging,” ideal for kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting. Also known as “Wonderfalls” by the locals. The Cheat River Watershed is the largest free […]

Cheat River Outfitters

Discover the best whitewater rafting on the Cheat River in Northern West Virginia! Also check out our Rock Climbing, Wild Caving and Paintball programs. Class V whitewater rafting on the spectacular Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy, Class III whitewater rafting on the Cheat Narrows and  family style rafting all summer long. Wild to mild. Kids and group […]

Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground

Chestnut Ridge Park offers year-round tent camping, RV sites, and cabin rentals. Pavilion rentals for group events are available from spring to fall. The park is county owned with fun for everyone including: camping, hiking, sledding, fishing, swimming, biking, geocaches, picnic areas, playgrounds, a summer concert series, and family activities year round. They are located adjacent […]

Coopers Rock Climbing Guides

Offering guided rock climbing and rappelling activities in Coopers Rock State Forest – Just 15 minutes from downtown Morgantown. Also offers private climbing instruction for beginner and novice climbers.

Coopers Rock Overlook

Hike to a 1,200 feet drop to the mile-wide gorge below at Coopers Rock State Forest. Beautiful sunset views

Core Arboretum

The WVU Core Arboretum is an outdoor facility for education, research, and recreation. We welcome visitors every day, from dawn to dusk. The WVU Core Arboretum is located on a 91-acre tract of hillside and bottomland near the WVU Coliseum, between Monongahela Boulevard and the Monongahela River.  The Arboretum has 3 miles of foot trails, lawns with […]

Cranesville Swamp

At Cranesville Swamp, the elements of wind, water, mountains, and temperature have created a landscape that is both beautiful and rare.  The hills surrounding Cranesville Swamp channel precipitation and chilled air into the valley, which makes the preserve one of the coolest and soggiest spots in West Virginia.  This is an astonishing arboreal bog harboring […]

Deckers Creek Trail

From Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown to slightly west of Reedsville, WV in Preston County, the rail-trail follows scenic Deckers Creek upstream with an elevation change of 1,000′ over 19 miles. Landscapes are very scenic and secluded  with hardwoods, hemlock and rhododendron, and rock outcroppings. This trail provides easy access to Morgantown’s Marilla […]

Dixon Lake and Mason Lake

Five-acre Dixon Lake and 14.5-acre Mason Lake accommodate fishing for trout, bass, sunfish and bluegill. Mason Lake is stocked with trout  from February until May and is equipped with a boat ramp. Both are wheelchair-accessible fishing trails. The lakes are part of the 766-acre Pedlar Wildlife Management Area, managed by the WV Division of Natural […]

Dorsey’s Knob Park

The 71-acre park provides a scenic view of the Monongahela River. Sky Rock stands nearly 600 feet above a landscape of deep valets and tall pines. Public picnic areas available as well as a rental lodge. Rt. 119 off of I-68, Morgantown

Dorsey’s Knob Park

A City park in Morgantown. Be sure to climb to the top of Sky Rock for a spectacular view of the Morgantown area. Bring your frisbee! The park has a new 18 hole disc golf course.  Also, a playground and lodge that sleeps up to 16.

Fort Martin

Boating ramp for the Monongahela River.

Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo

What started out as a small collection of deer, black bear, cougars and tigers has turned into a menagerie of chimpanzees, grizzlies, orange and white tigers, spotted and black leopards, ring-tailed lemurs and baboons. Over 100 animals from all over the world. Located in a woody setting so all the animals have the comfort of […]

Jack Roberts Park

Four-acre park featuring basketball courts, athletic fields, playground areas and picnic tables. Handicap accessible areas. West Virginia Ave., in the First Ward

King Street Park

Picnic tables and handicap accessible playground.

Krepps Park

Huge gated, forest-like terrain dog park with complimentary doggie bags. Features separate areas for small and large dogs, shade, benches and drinking water. An excellent outdoor pool for families, featuring a children’s aquatic play area, concession stand, beach area and locker rooms. Also available for private rentals. Private area with plenty of parking. Located behind […]

Lake Park

Boating ramp for Cheat Lake.

Lakeside Marina

Cheat Lake boat and watercraft rentals and cruises.

Little Sandy Creek

Little Sandy Creek is located just 12.2 miles from Cheat Lake. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting, your chances of getting a bite here are good. If all goes well, the rockie will be hooked by your leaf worms, the catfish will be biting your crickets and the rainbow will be grabbing your leeches. To […]

Marilla Park

Large outdoor pool, featuring zero grade entry, two water slides and a large beach area. Baseball fields, skate park, basketball and tennis courts. Also available for private rentals.

Modern Homestead

Comfort on a budget can be found at Homestead Inn, located 12 miles outside of Morgantown in the town of Reedsville. Our five immaculate guest suites are newly renovated and comfortably furnished with fully-equipped kitchens, laundry, private baths and private parking. Be sure to visit our gift and coffee shop at Modern Homestead for unique gifts and delicious […]

Monongahela River

A good area for bank fishermen is the calm water at the approach to the locks. Warm water discharges at the Rivesville and Morgantown  power plants attract fish all spring. A pier at the Morgantown plant makes fishing safe and convenient. Bass and catfish are plentiful.

Monongahela River Trail

North Trail: The six mile trail follows along the Monongahela River from Star City to the Pennsylvania state line. There is parking available in Star City at the Edith Barill Riverfront Park. South Trail: This trail is a wooded, river valley trail from Morgantown to Prickett’s Fort State Park in Marion County. The trail is […]

Monongahela River Upper Mon Water Trail

The 128-mile river is a series of locks and dams that make up one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating slackwater river navigation systems, enabling boaters to navigate northward from Fairmont, WV to the city of Pittsburgh. There are two public boat ramps: Fort Martin and Star City.

Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Padlz Canoe & Kayak Rentals invites you to join us in paddling a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board on the Bruceton Mills lake.  This family (and pet) friendly activity is open to children and adults of all ages.  Come enjoy the mountain scenery and relax and swim for the day. Please visit our […]

Pathfinder of WV

West Virginia’s Largest Independent Outdoor Retailer Established 1973 located in downtown Morgantown.

Rowlesburg Park

This city park offers playgrounds, pavilions and ball fields.

Skydive Cumberland

Skydive Cumberland is a veteran owned professional skydiving center which specializes in providing a premium tandem skydiving experience. We pride ourselves on offering a more personal experience, and have designed our entire business to offer a complete skydiving experience, instead of just a jump.  

Stanley’s Spot Dog Park

Bring your best four-legged friend down to Stanley’s Spot for fun and frolic. Park is located just off the Decker’s Creek Trail between the Pleasant and Walnut St. bridges. Park in either the Walnut St. parking garage or by the Amphitheatre in Hazel Ruby McQuain Park. Walk down Elk St. from the Walnut St. parking garage […]

Star City

A boating ramp for the Monongahela River. I-79 exit 155 to Star City, turn left on Boyers Ave.

Suncrest Mini Park

Half-acre of nature with a handicap accessible playground apparatus.

Sunset Beach

Boating ramp at Cheat Lake, open from May to October. I-68 Exit 10 Cheat Lake

Sunset Beach Marina

High horse power pontoon rentals with tubes, water skis, and fishing boats with fishfinders.

West Virginia Botanic Garden

The West Virginia Botanic Garden is the former Tibbs Run Reservoir, which supplied water to the Morgantown area from 1912 to 1969. Some remnants of the old structures are still visible on the property. These structures can be seen from the Reservoir Loop Trail. Other trails include the Forest Trail, Tibbs Crossing Trail, and the Farside […]

West Virginia University Hospitals Waterfront Park

The Fit Stop is a nice addition to afternoon run and the new EVOS playground encourages kids to play while using their imagination. Behind Waterfront Place Hotel, Wharf District.