Hiking — Coopers Rock State Forest

Coopers Rock Overlook


Rock overlooks, old growth trees, explorations through mazes of rocks and rhododendron, picnicing, historic structures and long hikes on more than 50 miles of trails make this area a prime outdoor destination. The state forest includes the area south of I 68 as well as the WVU Forest north of the highway. This northern section has both roads and trails, but many do not form loops. The Virgin Hemlock Trail is a very nice short trail. Area Map (pdf) Video (State Park web site) Coopers Rock Trail Map (pdf).

Directions from Morgantown

East on 68 to Coopers Rock Exit. Turn right and go .3 miles to a trailhead parking area on the right, .4 miles to the Henry Clay Iron Furnace Rd. that takes you 2.5 miles to the Henry Clay trailhead, 2.3 miles to the Raven Rock trailhead, and 3 miles to the overlook parking lot. To get to the northern section, turn left and then right on cr 73. .6 miles from the exit (top of the hill) take a left. Trailheads exist on both sides of the road for 1.5 miles. Other trailheads can be reached by going to Chestnut Ridge Park. The Virgin Hemlock Trail is located about 2 miles from the exit on cr 73. Toward the bottom of the hill, there is a small parking spot on the right and the trailhead on the left.

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Camping (Coopers Rock), Camping (Chestnut Ridge), Hiking, Rock Climbing, Fishing, Family Play, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Sight Seeing


Coopers Rock State Forest Rt. 1 Box 270 Bruceton Mills, WV 26525


(304) 594-1561 coopersrock@wvdnr.gov

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