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Coopers Rock State Forest

61 County Line Drive
304-594-1561

Coopers Rock State Forest gets its name from a legend about a fugitive who hid from the law near what is now the overlook. A cooper by trade, he resumed making barrels at his new mountain hideout, selling them to people in nearby communities. He lived and worked in the forest for many years.

During the Depression, between 1936 and 1942, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built numerous structures in the forest, often using durable American chestnut wood from trees that succumbed to a blight that nearly wiped out the species. Eleven of these structures, including the rustic picnic shelters near the overlook, have been included on the National Register of Historic Places.

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.



Reviews

Jeff Facemire

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Monday, July 9, 2018
Great picnic site. Take a hike put to rock city, and test your climbing skills; test your luck slithering through tight crevices, or your nerve, entering into cavernous tunnels. Walk to the famous overlook and enjoy West Virginia scenery at it's finest. There are lots of hiking trails and a primitive camping area. There are several pavilions that can be rented. There's also a camp store with a cafe for small eats. This really is an awesome place to spend the day. Enjoy!

Nathaniel Grayson

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Phenomenal trails to spend the day getting lost in. With over 50 miles of intertwining trails it’s a great place to plan a day of hiking, cycling, or bouldering some of the best climbing locations around. The trails are wide and so expansive I like to enjoy it with a furry companion. It’s also a hunting safe zone for the most of the area. From ponds to cliffs there is quite a variety of sight to see and activities to engulf you. Great tree coverage to keep it cooler on a hot day. Such beautiful foliage and on a good day, a great place to see some animals. In my opinion it’s the best when the cool crisp fall air is blowing and the leaves are falling. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Megan Constable

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
This is one of my favorite places to mountain bike. The trails are fast and fun, and by fun, I mean gnarly. Plus there are cool features like the stone furnace, the lake, camping, and more. There are a lot of hikers as well. I drive over five hours to get there and it is worth it. Great place for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Ryan Sigmon

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Great hiking trails on all levels from beginners to experienced hikers with tons of places to climb. It's great for families with little ones too. The park is clean and has several activities for everyone in your family to enjoy. I will definitely be returning for more fun adventures with my friends.

leigh facemire

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Very nice, small campground with very large campsites. Clean and modern bathhouse. Friendly rangers and camp hosts manning the store-gift shop. Every site has electric. Prices extremely reasonable. Senior discounts, pet friendly. Will be back

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