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Things to Do

OverlookBands of rock cliffs line the Cheat River Gorge and provide numerous overlooks. The centerpiece among these is the main overlook, which furnishes a panorama of the gorge and distant horizons. A maze of enormous boulders and cliffs fascinates hikers, and the trails are especially lovely in June when the rhododendron and mountain laurel are in bloom. Several trails wind through forest valleys and over ridges, and a number of creeks beckon the explorer. Glade Run is dammed to form a 6-acre pond that is regularly stocked with trout. The observant hiker can hear and sometimes see squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, owls, turkeys, turkey vulture, songbirds, fox and deer throughout the forest.

Overlook Trading Post

The gift shop at Coopers Rock State Forest is known as the “Overlook Trading Post.”  Visitors will discover a wide variety of souvenirs and apparel for purchase in addition to an eatery – Eagle Grill – that offers sandwiches hotdogs and other food services.  Open daily.


Numerous picnic sites and three shelters are provided for the enjoyment of forest visitors. These sites offer tables, grills, drinking water and toilet facilities. The shelters may be reserved by calling the forest office at 304-594-1561, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Shelter 1 Picnic Shelter

Iron FurnaceHiking/Biking

Nearly 50 miles of trails wind through the forest.
One of our more popular trails, Henry Clay Iron Furnace Trail takes you on a trip back in time as you round the last bend of the trail you find a huge stone structure used for producing iron in the 1800's it is located in a grassy glade in an otherwise undisturbed forest.

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Children's playgrounds are located in the campground and at various picnic areas.

Hunting and Fishing

visitors fishing at the coopers rock state forest lakeProperly licensed individuals are welcome to hunt or fish in-season, in specified areas.
No hunting zones surround all forest recreational facilities.

Nearby Attractions

Glass factories
Whitewater rafting
Lakeview Golf Resort and Conference Center
West Virginia University
Swimming and boating on Cheat Lake



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