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Level: Intermediate
Length: 50 mi (80.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +433/374 ft
Total: 77 riders
 

Mountain Biking Coopers Rock

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#67 of 108 mountain bike trails in West Virginia
#6088 in the world

Something for everyone, tough hills, sweet downs, or you can just tinker around the flats near the top of the mountain. I can't Coopers isn't on the site. Best biking in Northern WV/ Western MD, hands down.

Before you go
  • Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
About 10 miles East of Morgantown on I-68. Take the exit for Coopers Rock Park. You can either park in the lower parking lot or the upper. Trails are everywhere.
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  • Peddlin and Smilin
    ***

    I had a few hours to try out the local trails while traveling through the area. Trails had some good flow, lots of rocks, and a moderate amount of technical aspects. The woods along the trails were beautiful to ride through this time of year. I'd ride these trails again if the opportunity presented itself, but I probably wouldn't make a special trip.

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  • LevetoGK
    *****

    Awesome riding. Beautiful scenery. Watch for snakes. We saw a three foot long rattlesnake right on the trail.

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  • *****

    I love these trails. I live 20 mins away. The negative reviewers seem to have hit all the wrong trails. There are some fire roads. But there are more awesome trails. However, like everything in WV, you must be prepared to pedal. If you want to go down then you have to go up. There are some steep climbs which rewards you w some fun downhills - Ridge, Rohdedendrum, Rail Grade, Monte Chateau to the lake.

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  • MtbRydr
    **

    Not really a MTB place. Washed out logging roads dominate the park. They lack flow, have few interesting features and littered with hikers. Ridge road was the most entertaining, with fast rocky drops good for aggressive riders. Big bear lake is close and miles of smiles.

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  • johnnyoc1
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    Not much single track here. Avoid. Yes, this is well regarded for MTB by a few folks for some reason that completely escapes me. Local bike shop gave it a thumbs up, and the singletracks page opens with "Best biking in NW West Virginia Hands down." Allow me to modify: "Worst biking in NW West Virgina: Thumbs down."

    If your idea of mountain biking is wandering up and down messy washed out fire roads then this is for you. Spent 3.5 disappointing hours riding here on an otherwise beautiful day. Very little singletrack, all trails are pretty much arrow straight and wide enough to accommodate mule carts as they were once developed for.) Oh, and for beginners who like uneventful doublewides... well I'm not sure that this place is for you either as the climbs are exceedingly steep, long and messy: loose rocks, sticks, errosion, etc.

    What positive things to say? No real features to speak of though there is tons of potential for this place since it has an abundance of rock and ledge. Good views from Coopers Rock and it was fun (and suicidal) bombing down "rock city/ ridge trail" (Very steep loose and messy but again, not really a MTB DH, just a washed out cart road with occasional hikers to alarm and plenty of loose, grapefruit sized rocks and tree litter to slip and crash on).

    If you like purpose built single track with rock gardens, jumps, switch backs, head over to Big Bear Lake which is loaded with great trails and good features.

    Hope this place gets better developed for MTB.

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  • Mr Mojo Risin
    ****

    I really enjoyed this trail system. Park in the first parking lot on the right when you first enter the park and hit the trail head at the far end of the parking lot. This is a really good warm up section (Roadside trail). From there is your choice of what you're in the mood for. There are some pretty fantastic downhill sections here. But remember what goes down, must come up. I hope you enjoy climbing because this place has it. I enjoyed the advanced ski trail. Its a super long but pretty mellow climb as far as steepness and technical features go. I had a good time here and will definitely be heading back.

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  • rsb201
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    Located in a State forest please take caution in the fall for they allow hunting. Advance ski trail down to the furnace is a blast. Rock city is a must. I suggest picking up a map from the visitors center. There is a full day of riding if you know what direction to go in

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  • *****

    Lots of trails with lots of hill climbs. I enjoyed advanced ski trail to Chateau Trail on the ride down to the lake. Chateau Trail was a technical bit thought a mess of roadies LOADS of FUN. Had a dip in the lake then climbed back up grate ride.

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  • Kyle Mandler
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    Yes, some sections of trail are full of baby-head rocks but there are plenty of others in the park that have lots of challenging techical fun. Learn all of the trails before you malign an entire area

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  • *****

    My brother goes to WVU so i decided to bring my mountain bike when I visited him recently and check out this place. I must say this place is pretty dam fun i just wish i knew where i was going.
    Trails range from beginner to what I would consider to be somewhat advanced on the fact that it has some pretty fast and crazy downhill parts.
    The views are pretty awesome too so that was pretty sweet.

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  • RoadWarrior
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    There is a large variety of trails, but they are mostly laid out on old roads of various types, so might be riding straight ST one minute and a washed out rock filled ditch the next. Big technical rock below the overlook. Ride "Rock City" won"t be disappointed. Overall a nice place to ride, just don't expect flowing twisty ST.
    First parking area on the right after entering the park is best ( no crowds), then ride the "Roadside Trail" out to the Overlook, and enjoy the view, and pick up a map. Not very good, but will keep you from getting lost. Then go explore.

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  • RJen
    *****

    Very enjoyable/challenging trails. Roadside offers a 6 mile ride for everyone and all others offer challenging climbs over very rocky conditions. Too many options to explore in one ride, but do include a trip down to the "furnace". Trail maps are available at the concession, but the don't show elevation contours.

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  • Gibson338
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    The park has several trials to choose from and range from easy to difficult. The more difficult trails are very rocky and the easier trails are flat with very little rock. Coopers Rock boost a multitude of colors during the fall season.

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  • malva
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    Hmmm....not so excited about this one. Very rocky throughout except on some trails which I found enjoyable. I thinks its worth the car trip if you are not too far since it also has the overlook which has an amazing view.* Review edited 11/29/2011

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  • DJ_Spiker
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    to start with its april and there was still snow on the trails, also couldnt really find the trailhead, apon a couple hours of riding finally found start point...if you wanna know where to start here you go. when turning into the park of off interstate 68, you will see a sign stating cooper rock state park on your right, about 500 ft on your right you will see a parking area, thats about where you will begin, unfortunately we didnt get to explore much after finding that area.We are hoping to go back up in a couple weeks after the weather here in mountains get a little dryer. well hope i could help you out in finding the trailhead. enjoy the amazing views of cooper rocks.

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  • jeffgernert
    *****

    Wish I had someone to show me around, but the trails we stumbled on were a blast. Im a converted road rider so I've got the legs just not the technical riding skills. my buddy Joel is a former bmxer but hasn't ridden much in the last 5 years, and his buddy Josh is 6' and 250 pounds and completely new to the sport of cycling. Even with our varying backgrounds and skill sets, we all found the trails challenging yet extremely enjoyable. Josh enjoyed so much he actually went out and bought a new and upgraded mtb for the next time we ride. I can't wait to go back for a guided tour from some of my other friends so I can finally get the grand tour at coopers rocks

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  • jneuff
    *****

    I just moved to the area, and luckily live just 15 minutes away. I have ridden here many times in the past couple weeks, and love it every time. There is a bit of something for everyone here. The roadside trail is a nice bit of tame-ish singletrack that winds for 3 miles out to the overlook. There are many great loop options available with Daniel's run trail, the cross country trails, and Clay's run trail. An out and back ride to the view at Raven Rock (nice view and less crowds than main overlook) would be nice as well. Maps are available online, or free at the visitor center. Also on the other side of I-68 is the university forest which has numerous trails that merit exploration.

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  • Outdoornut
    ****

    As noted Coopers holds some awesome trail and the history of the area is pretty neat also. Check out the old Iron Furnace and of course "Coopers Rock" overlooking the Cheat River Valley. There are several very rocky trails and some very fast and fun trails. Don't forget to check out Rattlesnake Trail where it takes you into "Rock City". Just Awesome.

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