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Coopers Rock State Park

Average Rating:    (4.35 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

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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Latitude
39.637422462817
Longitude
-79.81361389160156
Trail Directions
Take I-68 East from Morgantown to the Coopers Rock exit. You're there!
Trail Length
50 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Morgantown
   


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Review Date
October 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Shawn Bruderly ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.



Comments
crashedandburned (11/18/2011)
You and durb should do more than 1 ride at a place before deciding that you've ridden "way better". I've often found that a single ride does not a proper assessment make. FWIW: There is "flowy" singletract out there if you know where it is. I can put together a 17 mile loop out there w/o a problem.

As far as "rocks beating you into submission", that's just part of the game. I've raced out there a number of times and while I've hurt when done, it was always w/ a smile.
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Review Date
October 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.25 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: durb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rothrock, Michaux, Reddish Knob



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Review Date
June 6, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dlight ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
August 11, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: kmoses ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big bear



Comments
outdoornut (08/19/2007)
Agree with kmoses, my son and I just rode Coopers for the first time on the 18th of August and we had a blast. We were lucky enough to hook up with a fellow mtbr member who knew the trails pretty well. The trail map is nearly worthless. Lots of fun unless you ride Scott Run from the park entrance around to the camping area like we did, those loose rocky climbs were a killer. Think we'll do that one the other way next time. Stop by and enjoy.
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Review Date
May 20, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bigdman1080 ,  Cross Country Rider

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

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
big bear



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