Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along the Monongahela River—one of a few American rivers that flows north—and its tributaries.
The Mon River Rail-Trail has a paved section near the middle called the Caperton Trail but on either end it is crushed stone. The Caperton Trail has an urban feel but outside city limits the trail meanders along a former CSX rail line to Prickett’s Fort State Park. The trail lazily winds through a wooded river valley with many scenic river views, occasional waterfalls and a variety of wildflowers in the spring and autumn.
At the Mon River Trail’s southern end at Prickett’s Fort State Park, pick up the Marion County Trail (MCTrail) to reach Fairmont.
Trail users can also take the Caperton Trail north to reach the Pennsylvania state line and a future connection with the Sheepskin Trail on the other side of the border.
In the future, the developing Sheepskin Trail will connect to the Mon River Trail in Point Marion, Pennsylvania, allowing for a breathtaking journey from West Virginia to the famous Great Allegheny Passage.
Another rail-trail connecting in Morgantown is the Deckers Creek Trail, which climbs out of the valley and heads 19 miles southeast to Reedsville along Class VI rapids.
Trail Manager Contact
Mon River Trails Conservancy
P.O. Box 282
Morgantown, West Virginia 26507
National Recreation Trail
Part of the planned Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition Parkersburg to Pittsburgh Corridor
Mon River Trails Conservancy- www.montrails.org
Trail of the Month February, 2015 http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/february/11/west-virginias-mon-river-trails/