Coopers Rock State Forest
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Introduction

Be the one that got away as you visit West Virginia’s beautiful Coopers Rock State Forest near Morgantown, West Virginia. Make plans now to pack your campervan and get ready to enjoy some great views of the Cheat River Gorge during this fabulous getaway! You’ll be glad that you visited the Mountain State's beautiful 12,474-acre state park. With 25 RV spots that are available for reservations, the sites are reasonably private and wooded, providing electric hook-ups, a picnic table, and fire ring. Family-friendly, this state park feels like a resort among the cliffs and offers a variety of activities for everyone. With biking, hiking, and ski trials, Coopers Rock State Forest is an excellent place to visit year-round. Popular among anglers, get ready to catch bluegill, trout, and much more. Fido is allowed but make sure that your pet is on a leash. Easy to access, this state park is a peaceful environment that gives you a chance to relax from the hustle and bustle of life. A perfect place to enjoy a sunset, this park has it all. Grab your camera and get ready to make some fond memories to have for years to come at Coopers Rock State Forest.

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Transportation in Coopers Rock State Forest

Driving

Open year-round, pack up your camping trailer and head out to camp at the fantastic Coopers Rock State Forest now. Nestled moments away from Morgantown, West Virginia and less than two hours to Pittsburgh, PA, this popular state park is near Interstate 68. Get ready to explore West Virginia’s breathtaking cliffs and forest during your next camping adventure. Escape from the hustle and bustle of your day without having to travel too far from home to enjoy a memorable camping experience. An excellent way to escape from it all, you’ll be glad you got to this great West Virginia state park!

Parking

When you arrive at Coopers Rock State Forest, plan to check-in at the visitor center to pick up a park map and some souvenirs at the gift shop. The lookout is near the park office and is fenced off, providing a safe way to view the Cheat River Gorge. Traveling the road to the campground is long and narrow, and has a very little shoulder. However, you may want to pack leveling blocks just in case since sites are gravel. The campsite can accommodate RVs and trailers up to 40 feet. The campground is first-come, first served, so plan to get here early - especially in the fall - to get your favorite camping site.

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Campgrounds and parking in Coopers Rock State Forest

Campsites in Coopers Rock State Forest

Reservations camping

Coopers Rock Campground

What’s not to love about this West Virginia campground? This place is a campground you visit when you are ready to unplug. An ideal getaway, you have a great time exploring the trails, taking pictures of the breathtaking views, and visiting the numerous historical sites at Coopers Rock State Forest. You will find that the Coopers Rock Campground makes a perfect camping location with your rig as the park is open April 1st-December 1st each year. Home to 25 sites for RVs and trailers, the options are endless at this popular state park as you camp among the forest’s amazing cliffs. Sites are private and well spaced, while providing electrical hook-ups, a picnic table, and fire ring. At this well-maintained campground, you will find WiFi for campers and central bathhouses that offer hot showers and flush toilets. There is also a water station and dump station for visitors to use during their stay. Pets may join you on your camping adventure but are only allowed within the campground while on a leash. The campground is offering reservations and due to its popularity, you should book your trip early.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Coopers Rock State Forest

In-Season

Picnicking

If you packed a picnic basket in your Airstream or trailer, you're in luck. Enjoy a great meal during your RV camping trip after a fun day out in the sun by having a picnic on one of the main trails. Coopers Rock State Forest offers many picnic sites for you to enjoy. Are you traveling with a larger group? Three designated picnic shelters offer tables, grills, restrooms, and drinking water. If planning a family reunion or birthday party, make sure to reserve your spot in advance by calling the forest office.

Geocaching at Coopers Rock State Forest

Calling all geocaching fans - Coopers Rock State Forest is an excellent place for the world’s largest treasure hunt. Be part of the coolest adventure with 14 cache sites hidden among the 12,474 acres of this beautiful state park; you will need to bring your phone and camera to capture each moment. Family-friendly, this adventure is a great way to spend the afternoon while seeing different aspects of this great state park. Enjoy the thrill of victory as you find the cache sites - we can’t wait to see what you find!

Exploring Coopers Rock State Forest

A hikers delight, come and enjoy a little exercise while you get out in nature and explore any of the 21 trails at Coopers Rock State Forest. Calling all history enthusiasts! Explore the Henry Clay Iron Furnace Trail as you view the historical stone structures responsible for producing iron in the 1880s. Pause and take in the fantastic views from the different cliffs and boulders during your walk. Pack your best hiking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat and don’t wait - get out there today.

Off-Season

Ski Trails

Coopers Rock State Forest is great for all seasons as the area offers three ski trails - Intermediate, Advanced, and Reservoir - to enjoy during the snow. For those wanting a moderate difficulty level, explore the Intermediate Ski Trail and the Reservoir Ski Trail. The Intermediate Ski Trail will connect you to the Advance and Reservoir Ski Trail and is .6 miles in length. Branching from the Advanced Ski Trail, the Reservoir Ski Trail is .8 miles long and will connect you to the Reservoir Loop Trail. If you need a challenge, check out the Advanced Ski Trail that starts at the entrance of the park and runs 2.3 miles long.

Fishing at Coopers Rock Lake

Fishing at Coopers Rock State Forest will be a true memory at Coopers Rock Lake. Always a blast to fish for trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass while out on the majestic 6-acre lake, you will want to bring your camera in your camper to capture your next big catch. Whether from your boat or along the shoreline, this relaxing activity is one for anglers of all experience levels. Before you cast your line at Coopers Rock Lake, make sure that you have a current West Virginia fishing license.

Bringing Your Bike

Get out in nature and enjoy West Virginia’s beautiful sunshine during your RV camping trip. With over 50 miles of trails, it’s easy to have a great experience and some exercise during your RV visit to Coopers Rock State Forest. An excellent activity for campers of all levels, the trails do vary, so all skill sets are welcome. Make sure to visit the forest office and pick up your trail map for a day of adventure!

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