Coopers Rock State Forest is a 12747acre state forest in Monongalia and Preston counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Its southern edge abuts Cheat Lake and the canyon section of Cheat River, a popular whitewater rafting river in the eastern US.Use our Bruceton Mills trip itinerary planning website to visit Coopers Rock State Forest on your trip to Bruceton Mills, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Coopers Rock State Forest gets its name from a legend about a fugitive who hid from the law near what is now the overlook. A cooper by trade, he resumed making barrels at his new mountain hideout, selling them to people in nearby communities. He lived and worked in the forest for many years.
Much of Coopers Rock was originally developed by projects of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1936-1942. Many of these structures, including durable rustic picnic shelters made of American chestnut, exist today and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Coopers Rock forest is roughly bisected by Interstate 68. The northern portion of the forest is managed by forestry program at West Virginia University and is lesser-developed. The southern part is jointly managed by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia Division of Forestry. It is more developed than some of the other state forests as it functions as a major recreation destination for the Morgantown area.
Coopers Rock State Forest Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed our time as our family went camping at Coopers Rock. My niece didn’t know what it was like to be surrounded by mountains, so we stuck her in the Appalachians for a week. She was greatly impressed. Also, it was the first time our son had ever gone camping. He had a blast! Nice clean campsites, helpful camp staff. Hope to return again soon!
Beautiful spot to visit and explore. The overlook and raven's rock are the most popular places photographed in the park, but there are so many other great trails to explore. Definitely make a plan to visit if you haven't before (preferably during spring/summer/fall when the colors are at their best).
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