Coopers Rock State Park - TRAIL

Coopers Rock State Park - Trail, Morgantown, Virginia

Everything from paved roads to extreme technical singletrack. Get a trail map. Make sure you check out Rock City. Turn left at the pavillion and you'll find a neat little narrow trail between two cliffs. Not very long but kind of cool.

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Shawn Bruderly   Cross Country Rider [Oct 10, 2011]

Scenery is gorgeous with building sizied boulders, waterfall, great lake views, and a lego pile of rocks EVERYWHERE. Not a technical trail, because to be deemed technical, the trail riding has to be applicable to mountain biking. This is more hiking based in design. There is NO single track anywhere and many "trails" are poorly marked with no name, only indicating to where they "generally" head, and most dump downhill and terminate into a DEAD END, which means you turn around and have to push the bike up a rocky hill for a long distance, because these climbs are rideable to a point, but they are in steps-each one steeper than the next, but eventually the rocks beat the rider and bike into submission, resulting in HIKE A BIKE.
There is probablly 15 miles of trail if you do this loop: use trail head at 1st parking lot to Henry Clay, to Rock City (loop) back to Henry Clay and climb the hill back to parking lot and do the Intermediate Loop towards to Roadside Trail which takes you to the Overlook.
Just no flowy single track at all, I came across one good CHUTE on a decent downhill. The downhill is good, but not rideable to get out of it.
Wouldn't visit again. Did it to say I did, but I've ridden way better.

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3
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5
durb   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2008]

Came here for the weekend and was very disappointed with the trails. There is about one good 15 mile loop but the rest was not technical at all and all around lame. There is no trail maintenance so there are trees down all over the trails on the north side of 68, don't even go there.

Customer Service

Rock city to Clay Furnace to ski trail and finish with scott's run. Good all around ride, but the only good riding in the park. It's about a 15 mile ride. Don't try anything else, it's lame.

Similar Products Used: Rothrock, Michaux, Reddish Knob
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3
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4
Dustin   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2008]

Well, I was kind of disappointed with this trail system. I had high hopes and actually made a weekend camping trip here thinking I'd at least find two days worth of good riding and maybe do the best of it all on the third day. What I found was that we did the best stuff all in the first day and the rest of the time we spent exploring the rest of the trail system which was way lame and under maintained. Part of the problem the second day was our fault because we didn't realize from the map that the trail was actually a fire road most of the way but pretty much it didn't get much better from there. We did lot's of boring downhills and boring un-technical climbs.

Customer Service

On the bright side, doing Rock City then down to Clays furnace and up the ski trail to Scott's run is a good, fun ride. We tried everything else and it was boring. This would be a good place for a day ride but don't go there if you're from more than an hour or two away and do the recommended route only. The scenery and camping are A+ though.

Similar Products Used: Reddish Knob, Michaux State forest, Rothrock state forest
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3
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4
dlight   Racer [Jun 06, 2008]

Cooper's Rock has a little bit of everything: blazing fast long downhills, technical climbing, rock gardens, logs, and a few creek crossings. Some of the climbs are extremely difficult even with a granny gear. The majority of riders end up walking portions of the climbs. There are old logging roads, singletrack and a new wide gravel trail that runs from the Daylot to the overlook. Not all of the trails are on the trail map, so inquire at one of the local shops for more info.

Customer Service

Start at the Daylot and head down Scott's Run Trail, a big ring gradual downhill. Turn right at the bottom and suffer your way through the rocks to the campground. Turn hard left toward the campground onto the pavement. The trail is on your right. Follow trail behind campground through the playground and do a lap of the nature trail. From the woodshed head toward then cross Raven's Rock Trail follow trail back to paved road, cross the road and turn left toward the overlook. Follow the trail to the overlook picnic area then keep to the right on the pavement, turn right into the next picnic area the trail will be on the right after about 1/4 mile. Follow trail over the rocks and log crossings ending up at the top of the wall. Turn left and climb toward rock city. Turn right on Rododendron, take the next left then a left at the top of the hill. Ride through Rock City, stay left and follow boundary trail all the way down to Mt Chateau trail, turn left then right and cross clay run on the wooden bridge. See if you can make it through the rock gardens then climb up to Henry Clay Iron Furnace and follow the furnace trail back to the daylot.

Similar Products Used: All of the trails at Cooper's are good with the exception of the gravel road running downhill from the pond.
Ken's Run trail is on the North side of the interstate. Follow signs toward Sand Springs Campground and look for the archery range on the right. The trail head is near the back of the lot. The trail descends and old logging road to the creek then turns downstream on mostly singletrack. There are numerous logs on the trail, but it is completely rideable if you have the skills. Route finding can be a little difficult so pay attention. At the gas line turn left and climb until you see the trail on the right. Follow the trail down to open area near the stream, cross the stream and turn right on Hemlock Trail. Follow Hemlock back to the gas line, turn downhill, cross the creek, turn left and you are retracing your earlier route, enjoy the climb back to the parking lot
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5
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4
kmoses   Cross Country Rider [Aug 11, 2007]

Great trail system that has gotten bigger over the years. It's really rocky is most places but still fast. There's probably 20+ miles of good trail here. I highl recommend Coopers Rock if you're in the area.

Customer Service

If its your fist time try hooking up with someone that knows the trails.
Lower parking lot - down the railroad grade - up the fire road - right at top of fire road onto old road - up "the wall" (trust me, you'll know it when you hit it) - follow trail back to clay furnace - up fire road again - cross road to campground - scotts run to parking lot.

And there's still a bunch more on the other side of the main park road.

Similar Products Used: Big bear
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5
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5
bigdman1080   Cross Country Rider [May 20, 2005]

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! Great up hills, fast downhills and a serous amout of trails.

Customer Service

Do it all. Watch the end of scotts run and the begin of ravens rock trail lots of big loose rocks. trust me it hurts

Similar Products Used: big bear
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5
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0
krinkus   Cross Country Rider [Sep 17, 2004]

I cut my teeth on these trails. Rode them for 7 years all through college and grad school. Coopers Rock and surrounding areas are unparalleled. Areas of techincal singletrack with rocks, smooth fast switchbacks, glade riding and miles of downhill fire roads. Rock City is not to be missed, approach is through a grove of mountain laurels so old and mature that you pass through hanging bough "tunnels" under them. The end in a ravine flanked by short cliffs. The trail winds through the ravine and exits up above the cliffs after about 0.5 miles. Then, a few miles of great singletrack downhill to an abandoned iron furnace with a cool stream crossing. And then there are the two awesome overlooks, etc., etc. You can easily plan a 28-30 mile ride there and never see the same trail twice. Used to have the Herny Clay 40k mountain bike race every year (haven't been back in a few years, not sure it's still going on.)

Customer Service

Find a local or study a map - confusing but worth every bit of it. Start at the paring lot by the main enterance. Trail head is at the rear of the lot. Small hill, then right, cross road and come to a fork. left or right? Turn right? - 3 miles of techincal descent to the iron furncace. Turn left? - 2 miles of great singletrack exiting on a lake, then left down a 2 mile fire road downhill. When you reach the bottom, drop down to the right on a singletrack and arrive at the iron furnace. Then, up the mountain on the left, across the stream from the furnace and up a 3 mile lung busting hill climb to the beginning of the rock city trail. through rock city and up to the overlook. then, do some of the small loops going towards Wolf Rock, ending on Scott Run trail and the parking area.

Similar Products Used: Virgin Hemlock Trail, Trail to Wonder Falls
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5
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4
rob412   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2004]

Coopers Rock is good fun. There is a little bit of everything here. Big-ring downhills, smooth fast hard-pack, technical rocky sections, and plenty of opportunities to get air. Too many trails to ride in one day. This place will certainly get another visit to check out all the trails we missed today. Trail highlights included a wicked-fast forearm-burning fireroad downhill on Clay Run Trail starting at the campground and ending at Henry Clay Furnace. Rock City is pretty cool when the trails squeezes through a neighborhood of house-sized boulders. Scott Run Trail was all about fun singletrack until the final stretch which was a not-so-pleasant climb to the campground. Clay Furnace is an unbelievable 50' tall delapidated pyramid of stone blocks which once employing 200 people and supported an entire town from it's iron production in the 1800's. The Cooper's Rock overlook is absolutely beautiful with a great view of Cheat Lake and the Cheat River. I look forward to my next visit to this park.

Customer Service

You're guess is as good as mine. It would have been nice to have a local riding with us today. There were a number of unmarked trails which were not on the online park map.

Similar Products Used: Ohiopyle avoid Mingo Park - the place is butt
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4
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3
David McKain   [Nov 26, 1998]

All of the trails at Coopers Rock are open to MTB riding so don't worry about getting harassed by a Hiker. There are abundant XC trails that are blazed. If you really want to explore the area you should stop by one of the local bike shops where you can get an extremely detailed map with descriptions of the trails at Coopers Rock (also includes nearby Chestnut Ridge Park and trails in town) for $8 (benefits WVU Hockey Club). Highly recommend serious tires and suspension as well as a good set of legs. The trails are rocky. There is a lot of climbing involved on most trails. To prevent yourself from getting out of the forest, make sure you do not (DO NOT) go down the Mt. Chateau trail unless you relish climbing back from Cheat Lake (about 1000 ft elevation). There are maps of the park available at the concession stand at the overlook and maps are also posted at the main parking areas. During the winter the main road is closed and the entrance parking lot is the only one available.

Customer Service

I-68 east from Morgantown to the Coopers Rock exit (abt 7 miles from Pierpont Exit and abt 12 from I-79 interchange). Follow signs from exit. The forest is right off the interstate. Park at the entrance or, about 1/2 mile from exit, take right to go to Henry Clay furnace parking area or go straight to get to main overlook parking area.

Similar Products Used: Chestnut Ridge (another great MTB area) is right across the interstate.
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Steve NIgh   [Feb 16, 1999]

One of the best places for riding and racing in this area. Usually toward the end of the summer they have the Henry Clay 30K a XC race in the park. Lots of fun and a good race plus the terrain is really fun other then a few patches of rocks.

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