Explore These 5 Natural Wonders in Mountaineer Country

Almost Heaven is abundant in scenic overlooks and serene forests that boast recreational opportunities. Whether you are looking for a weekend trip or want to take on a multi-day excursion, you’re sure to find a memorable adventure somewhere in the mountains.

Make a trip to beautiful Mountaineer Country and explore these five scenic and inspiring destinations in Almost Heaven.

Coopers Rock State Forest

Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

Located less than 15 miles from Morgantown, Coopers Rock State Forest is a hotspot for nature activities including hiking, fishing and camping. Enjoy more than fifty miles of hiking and biking trails meandering throughout the thick woods. The main overlook gives way to beautiful views of the Cheat River Gorge and the surrounding mountains.

While you’re here, take a selfie at the Almost Heaven swing located along the stone path leading to the overlook. Share your nature excursion using #AlmostHeaven and add this memory to your camera roll!

Valley Falls State Park

Fairmont, West Virginia

Valley Falls State Park in Marion County is a nature lover’s dream with its variety of recreational activities. Strap on your hiking footwear and pack your mountain bike for 18 miles of trails. Explore the dark, rushing waters of the Tygart Valley River that flow into Valley Falls – intertwining between rock faces at 10-foot drops.

Valley Falls is also featured on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail. Check in on your virtual passport for a chance to win exclusive West Virginia prizes!

Caperton Trail

Morgantown, West Virginia

Caperton Trail is a paved five-mile trail located in Morgantown and Star City. This trail connects the Mon River Trails north and south and the Deckers Creek Trail. The trail runs past Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, WVU Core Arboretum and Tug Boat Depot. Recreational uses include in-line skating, walking, jogging, cycling, and cross-country skiing. Hop on the trail and become one with some of Mountaineer Country’s best nature.

Watters Smith Memorial State Park

Lost Creek, West Virginia

Add a bit of history inspiration to your nature exploration at Watters Smith Memorial State Park in Lost Creek. The heritage of early West Virginia is preserved in this pioneer homestead restoration, which adds a historic twist to your hikes along six trails. Between all the trails, there are over 14 miles to explore. Take a trip to the 1700s and get in the pioneer spirit.

Core Arboretum

Morgantown, West Virginia

The West Virginia University Core Arboretum is an outdoor facility for education, research and recreation. The Arboretum has three miles of foot trails, lawns with planted trees and shrubs, old growth forest on hillside and floodplain sites, interpretive signs, trailside benches and a small amphitheater. Explorers enjoy spotting spring ephemeral wildflowers from late March to early May.

Take a stroll through the forest as some of the large trees are likely over 200 years old. Varied habitats and riverside location also make the area an excellent site to observe birds and animals.

There are plenty of natural wonders left to explore in Almost Heaven. For more inspiration, request our free West Virginia Vacation Guide to begin your next outdoor adventure!

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