Trail running in Morgantown, WV!!!!! The land of the Mountaineers and a true gem of the east!! The options are as plentiful as the hills.
A local favorite, of course, is Cooper's Rock State Park. It has over 30 miles of trails, a bunch of awesome views, technical terrain, and options for either rolling hills or serious climbs. This is the best place for a trailrunner to find an epic and freeing run.
For an urban adventure, run the Mon River trail, Caperton Trail, or Decker's Creek trail. Hop on one of those suckers and enjoy a waterside out-and-back. Run to Pennsylvania and back, enjoy a flat stroll, or do an uphill-downhill run on Decker's. These trails are always bustling with people, bikes, canines, and downtown smiles. But they are over 15 miles long, so it's easy to find some peace and quiet on the far side of the trails.
There are many short run options, too: White Park, Prickett's Fort, Dorsey's Knob for a special climb and 360 degree view, or Friendship Hill across the border in PA.
Ohiopyle State park is not far either.
And of course, for those unafraid to travel the unique paths, there are gnarly fire roads just about everywhere. Just don't trespass too much and don't forget to wear bright colors so you don't look like a juicy hunk of venison to a hungry hunter.
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Recommended Trail Races and Ultras in the Area:
January: Frozen Sasquatch 50k/25k & Run to Read 13.1 (Fairmont)
February: Holiday Lake 50k in VA
March: Haulin' in the Holler 50 K/25K & Terrapin Mtn 13.1/50k in VA
April: Coopers Rock 50k/13.1 (Morgantown) & Race for the Birds 10 K & Babcock Gristmill Grinder 13.1
May: Harpers Ferry 13.1 & Dirty Dog 15 K. & Cheat Fest 5k (road)
June: Deckers Creek 13.1 (downhill). & Highlands Sky 40 miler
July: Kanawha 50 K/25K/10K
August: Watoga 13.1 & New River Gorgeous 13 mi. & Allegheny highlands 20 miler
September: Helvetia 10 K & Morgantown Marathon (road) & Barnum 26.2/13.1
October: West Virginia trilogy 50 K/50 mile /13.1 & Babcock 15 K &. Run the ranch 6K ( Morgantown) &. Run around the gorge 26, 18, 15 miles
November: Five and Dime 15 Miler. &. Canary in the cave 25K
December : Green Beret 13.1
Be looking for more races by yours truly coming in 2017 to promote the challenging and beautiful trails of northern West Virginia and to show the world a dose of good sportsmanship!!!!!