The central point of the Caperton Trail is located in Morgantown, known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. Morgantown is 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 Caperton Trail is located at the heart of the trail system, spanning the north-south length of Morgantown and Star City. The paved rail-trail, named after a former West Virginia governor, parallels the river past retail businesses, West Virginia University, industrial areas and the back decks of eateries that cater to trail users.
Heading north out of Morgantown, the trail passes through several downtown parks, including Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, West Virginia University’s Core Arboretum and the Edith Barill Riverfront Park in Star City. The Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown is adjacent to a restored railway station, and is a vibrant hub of local activity, with a steady stream of walkers, runners, skaters and cyclists. The park is also the western endpoint of the Deckers Creek Trail, which heads east 19 miles to Reedsville.
At the Caperton Trail’s northern end in Star City, continue along the river via the connecting Mon River Trail North to the Pennsylvania state line; south of Morgantown, the Caperton Trail links to the Mon River Trail South to access Marion County and Fort Prickett’s State Park. All three trails follow the same former CSX rail line.
Trail Manager Contact
Morgantown BOPARC, 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