Splash into Summer in Mountaineer Country
The sun is out and the days are getting hotter! It’s summertime in Mountaineer Country, which means the pools are open, the campgrounds are ready, and the trails are waiting for you. We’ve made a Commitment to Safety in Mountaineer County to ensure that you can make the most of your vacation while staying safe and practicing good social distancing.
Break out the Kayaks and Canoes
Do you remember that old kayak or canoe that’s been hanging in your garage for ages? It’s time to dust it off and take it out on the water. Here are a few of our suggestions:
- View the City of Morgantown from a different perspective by taking a float trip on the Monongahela River. There are various access points for a safe put-in, which include the Star City Riverfront Park or Van Voorhis access point at the end of Van Voorhis Road.
- Want to connect with other paddlers for tips and join in gatherings, once it is safe to do so? Be sure to check out Morgantown Area Paddlers’ Facebook page for details!
- Bring the family along for a relaxing trip on the Big Sandy Creek, which is five miles of slow-moving water. No motorboats are allowed in this body of water, so no need to worry about the waves. There’s an easy to access put-in location where Padlz is located, which is just before the Bruceton Mills Dam.
- Head to the historic City of Grafton for a ten-mile trip down the Tygart River. Start by putting in your canoe or kayak at the Grafton City Park below the Tygart Dam and pull out before you reach Valley Falls State Park. Reminder, you must pull out of the water prior to reaching the falls, as it is extremely dangerous not to do so.
- Looking for a little more excitement? Try any one of these white water rafting routes for memorable adventures
Rails to Trails Biking
The Rails to Trails is the perfect place to go for a scenic cycling trip along the river. Whether you are a passionate athlete or leisure cyclist, these trails will be open and ready for traffic as the temperature rises in Mountaineer Country. Check out a full list of trails and plan your next outing!
In need of a new bike or equipment? Pathfinder WV remains open and ready to serve the community with online orders and curbside pickup in Downtown Morgantown, a close distance to the trails. Check out their Mountaineer Deal, before shopping.
In need of running gear or guidance? Morgantown Running is here to help. Check out their online shop for delivery on apparel, shoes, and more. Feel free to reach out to their team of staff and ambassadors directly for suggestions.
Plus, now’s the perfect time to take advantage of the trails and train for the Sixth Annual Morgantown Marathon! Share how you’re doing so on social media and use #RunMotown for a chance to be featured. For more event information and to officially register to conquer the course, click here.
Hiking at Tygart Lake State Park and Coopers Rock State Forest
Get outside and explore while keeping a safe social distance! Grab your friends and family, or your furry friend, and take a hike at Coopers Rock State Forest. No matter what your hiking experience is, there are more than 20 trails to choose from. As a reminder, the Coopers Rock overlook is closed at this time.
Then, explore Tygart Lake’s surrounding woodlands at Tygart Lake State Park. The State Park offers five distinct trails, ranging in difficulty from light leisurely strolls to more moderate and challenging hikes.
Cast a Line at a Nearby Waterway
Cool summer mornings are made for fishing in Mountaineer Country. Check out the nearby waterways like the Tygart Bywaters, Mason Lake, Big Sandy Creek, and Coopers Rock Lake, all of which are home to catfish, trout, bass, and other gamefish. Grab your favorite fishing pole and head to one of our region’s locations for a relaxing day on the water in the Almost Heaven outdoors.
Don’t forget! Governor Justice recently announced that the requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for West Virginia residents, so no need to stop in a local license distributor to purchase one at this time.
Relax in the Gardens
Take a break from the hot summer rays, and embark on a hike through forest paths and foliage. The West Virginia Botanic Garden is open to the public, offering multiple walking and hiking paths as well as community events. Start your Saturday mornings with instructor-led group yoga in the garden, or go on a scavenger hunt for the different types of flowers and trees.
It’s not too late to start your own home garden! Pre-order flowers, bushes, herbs and more from Modern Homestead at Tathams. Unsure where to start with planting or landscaping? Check out their Facebook page for live videos involving tips from the professionals, Lucas and Trellis Smith!
Support Your Local Growers and Small Businesses
Farmer’s markets are in full swing now that summer has arrived. The Morgantown Farmers Market has converted its regular format to a drive-through service with where visitors can pick up their pre-ordered goods with minimal contact. All interested in taking part in the Farmer’s Market are invited to shop online and support local farms and small businesses in Mountaineer Country.
Catch a Show
Head to the Mylan Park Track and Field complex for free, family-friendly movies, as part of the Movies Among the Mountains event sponsored by Mon Health. This summer’s line up includes Sonic the Hedgehog, The Lion King (2019), and Trolls World Tour. Concessions are available and masks are required. Guests are asked to bring their own seating and blankets for this free, outdoor event.
Having fun in the sun? Share your Mountaineer Country Summer moments with us on social using #MountaineerCountry and tagging @VisitMountaineerCountry on Facebook and Instagram.
Interested in attending more than one event this weekend? Stay overnight at one of the many hotels and lodgings in Morgantown. Click to reserve your stay.
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