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Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

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Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Hi

We are visiting Morgantown in August. My wife an I enjoy wildlife and walking. We are staying 4 nights and so far plan to visit Seneca and Coopers Rocks (Thanks LV Sun). Guess we would drive about 2 hours from Morgantown ish.

Does anyone have any more suggestions? It is so difficult to judge from the State Parks websites what is worth visiting.

I have never used Priceline or similar to book hotels. Does anyone have any tips on how to get the most out of it?

Regards

Jim

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1. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Morgantown is about 1 hour from the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. Ohiopyle State Park has rafting, hiking, biking, etc. along the river. Nemacolin Resort and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob are close to there too. They are interesting to visit and walk around. The laurelhighlands.org website might be helpful!

Deep Creek Lake State Park isn't too far into Maryland from Morgantown. Also back in West Virginia, Canaan Valley is about 2 hours, and the New River Gorge and Fayetteville are about 2 hours away.

West Virginia University has Move-In Day on August 21, so if that coincides with your trip you may not want to be in Morgantown that day!

There are some websites with tips and strategies about using priceline like bidontravel.com and betterbidding.com. Might be worth a try!

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2. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Cooper's Rock State Park is located at exit #15 of Interstate 68. Depending on where you are staying in Morgantown, that can be a 10-20 minute drive. When you exit I68, turn to the right to enter Cooper's Rock.

Cooper's Rock has a beautiful overlook, some historic walking trails, and picnic tables. There is also a small concession stand: http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com/

Also at the Cooper's Rock exit of I68 is Chestnut Ridge Park, which is owned by the County. To get to Chestnut Ridge, you turn left off of the interstate.

Chestnut Ridge offers fishing, boating, and swimming on a small lake. Camping sites, hiking trails, and also a small concession stand are located here. They have outdoor concerts, festivals, and craft shows throughout the year. Again, they are about 10-20 minutes from Morgantown: http://www.chestnutridgepark.com/

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Within the city limits of Morgantown, there are a few nice community parks. But the best one is the University's Arboretum (which is located next door to the Coliseum... WVU's basketball arena.) It is a real "hidden gem" in Morgantown, and one of our favorite places to take a walk:

as.wvu.edu/biology/facility/arboretum.html

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As the previous poster said, Ohiopyle in Pennsylvania is very nice. Also, there is a wonderful area in Maryland (about 45 minutes to 1 hour from Morgantown) called Deep Creek Lake. Plenty to do there with swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, dining, miniature golf, a ski resort, and much more: http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/

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Canaan Valley in West Virginia is about 2 hours from Morgantown, and may be the most scenic area on the east coast (I admit it, I am bias). Two ski resorts offer summer activities like swimming, biking, hiking, miniature golf, dining, etc. Plus, you are near Blackwater Falls state park and Seneca Rocks. You are also near Smokehole Caverns and Seneca Caverns. It truly is a beautiful area.

http://www.canaanresort.com/

http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/

www.seneca-rocks.com/website/article.asp?id=4

http://www.senecacaverns.com/

http://www.smokehole.com/

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3. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Hi

Many thanks to you both for your suggestions. Normally we go to State College PA each year , but we have done every State Park for miles around and it was becoming too repetative. We are hoping Morgantown will have a similar atmosphere and we are looking forward to seeing some new landsacpes and trails.

Thanks again

Jim

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4. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

State College is beautiful, as is Morgantown. There are plenty of similarities between the two, so I hope that you have the same great experience in Morgantown that you have had in State College. If you have any particular questions, I'll do my best to answer them for you.

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5. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Living in Ohiopyle, I am a bit partial to Ohiopyle State Park. It is the largest state park in Pennsylvania, 20,000+ acres, 75 miles of hiking and biking trails, 20 miles of river for fishing, canoeing and rafting, or just soaking your feet in the river. All about 45 minutes from MO'town. In Maryland check out, Swallow Falls State Park, near Deep creek. Also Cranesville Swamp, is a really cool off the beaten path place. It is a unique eco system that resembles a Northern Boreal Swamp

nature.org/wherewework/…art1202.html

Cool but hard to find.

Cheers

E

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6. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Jim,

When you get the chance to post again, please let us know how your visit was to Morgantown. I'd like to hear where you went and what you did on your trip.

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7. Re: Good Walking in State Parks Near Morgantown

Everyone has made good suggestions. A place close to Morgantown, maybe an hour drive because of 2 lane roads, is Valley Falls State Park to the south.

http://www.valleyfallsstatepark.com/

Have not been there for years, but do know they have mountain bike races there, so there are trails. Even if you didn't want to do much walking there, the falls are nice.

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