Welcome Spring!

Hop into Spring in Mountaineer Country

Are you tired of the cold weather and can’t wait until you can store your sweaters and boots back in your closet? Luckily, spring is finally upon us! Despite the set of circumstances we are in during the new “normal” per COVID-19, there are plenty of ways you can celebrate the change of seasons close to home!

Outdoor Activities 

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 motor boats 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.

two men biking a trail

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

As we distance ourselves from one another by choosing to stay at home and reduce the spread of the virus, all are encouraged to get outside and explore their homes 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

Spring means “fishing season” in Mountaineer Country. Check out the nearby waterways stocked with trout and swimming with other pescetarian species like the Tygart Bywaters, Mason Lake, Big Sandy Creek, Coopers Rock Lake, and more. Grab your favorite fishing pole and head to one of our region’s locations for a relaxing spring day 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.

In need of some supplies? McFly Outdoors has you covered. Check out their online shop for gear, supplies, and more for pickup. Check out their Mountaineer Deal.

Grow the Ultimate Garden with a Little Help From Our Friends

Springtime calls for working on the garden in Mountaineer Country! As you stay safe by staying home, consider pre-ordering 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!

Also, give back while you grow your at-home garden sanctuary by purchasing flowers, seeds and collections online for delivery. 50% of each online purchase will be donated to West Virginia Botanic Garden to support this destination!

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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