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    A day at the Rock - Coopers that is, WV ( a few pics )

    We couldn't have asked for better riding weather for checking out the
    trails at Coopers Rock State Park near Morgantown, WV. In the mid
    70's and lots of sun, at least in the few places it made it through the
    trees.

    Scott24 and I had never ridden the trails a Coopers Rock however
    kept telling ourselves we needed to. So we jumped at the opportunity
    to get a guided tour by a fellow Slatyfork Shuffler and mtbr poster
    Crashedandburned and his mountain biking friend Andy ( sorry not
    sure what his mtbr signature is ). Besides we needed a reason to
    return C&B's folding table he had left at our last gathering.

    We arrived at the Park and began getting our packs filled and bikes
    off the truck and ready. 10 minutes after Scott24 and I arrived, C&B
    and Andy pulled in the parking lot. After a few minutes of preparing
    for the ride we were off. Less than 15 minutes into our ride, we were
    clipping along down Scott Run Trail and in a flash C&B was digging
    potato rows with his shoulder. Glad the tourguide wasn't done for
    the day.



    Within a few minutes C&B shook it off and we hit the trail again. That
    portion of Scott Run Trail was some fun singletrack, however it soon
    changed into some rocky double track climbs that will challenge the
    best of us.




    Soon we arrived near the camping area and crossed the road to find
    some fast narrow double track that soon faded into some sweet fast
    singletrack filled with a few rocks and then a steep climb. Here
    Scott24 comes ripping into one of a couple turns just before the steep
    climb.



    After the steep climb we were treated to a bit of fast rocky, rooty
    downhill that lead us to another trail which lead us toward Rock
    City and Ridge Trail. There were a few sections of woods that were
    just awesome.



    Of course, as we rode by a section of Rock City we had to venture
    into this awesome place.











    After our climb out of that portion of Rock City up through the picnic area we
    decided to take a nice break and enjoy the scenery from atop Coopers Rock.
    The humidity was low and the view was great.







    Back onto the trails we headed down toward the Henry Clay furnace
    via Ridge Trail and an incredable looking log ride. C&B will have to
    post any pics from there. C&B and I were spotters for an eager
    Scott24 who wanted to give it a try. He surprised us all on his only
    attempt. Not bad ! I commended him but refused his attempts to
    coax me into trying it. I'm sure I'll never hear the end of that !

    We arrived at the Henry Clay Furnace after an awesome fast, slightly
    rocky and rooty downhill. Sorry, too much fun to stop and take pics.
    We did meet a fellow mountain biker who was hiking with his wife,
    child and dog, err horse, err ?????? Here is how he fetches his
    stick. The whole stinking limb! This was hilarious.......



    We left the furnace on an nice singletrack climb that lead us through
    some nice forest and up to a right of way with an extremely steep,
    rocky decent and then a rock to have some fun on. We all took a
    turn or two riding up onto and off that rock.











    There are several gravel paths and double tracks that tie numerous
    awesome singletracks together. Here we were traveling from one
    point to another on one of those roads.



    After some more miles of riding we decided to head back toward the
    parking area. Our loops had brought us back to the point we came
    up off Scott Run trail so instead of riding the road back to the truck
    we decided to hammer around the path that follows the road. In
    one super fast spot we were cranking in the big ring when C&B's
    pedal tagged the ground in a turn which ended in a horrific crash.
    Luckily C&B shook it off again and our tour continued.

    Back at the parking area Crashedandburned proudly displays the
    culprit pedal and scuffed shoulder that twice dug potato rows
    in the soil of Coopers Rock.



    What an awesome day to be in the woods and riding some great
    trails to feed our passion.


    ODN

    ps: Hopefully C&B will post up some of the pictures he captured
    on our day full of riding.
    (Eidt: Whoops C&B already posted pics here; https://forums.mtbr.com/riding-passion/couple-pics-vids-coopers-rock-wv-330143.html
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    Coopers Rock

    Thanks for the story and pic's. Last time I rode there it was fun for going down but I always had a long and trecherous climb back with all trails leading to Henry Clay.
    I must have missed the good trails.

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    Thanks for sharing the pics, ODN. That "Rock Town" looks cool. Gotta love WV.
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    Good ride report ODN. It's great you had a guide. Coopers rock is an awesome place to ride (used to go 2-3 times a week when I lived in Morgantown), but you'll miss most of the trails unless you have someone familiar with the area guiding.
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    Sweet trails and nice write up.

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    Thank you!

    Thank you, accidentally stumbled onto this thread and decided we'd give it a shot....just got back after a great day. started with Scott trail and then an easy ride back up to the overlook then down the ridge trail to the furnace trail with plenty of single and double track in between.

    EDIT, coming back up Scott Run trail was a killer, kept loosing the back wheel and had to walk pretty often....the easy part was the walking trail that follows the road back to the overlook area to rest a bit and the start down Ridge Trail>Rattle Snake>Rock City.....

    great post, thanks again

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    ODN...you need to write a book dude!
    Greats pics and write up...the best adventures on the Web!
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    Glad you enjoyed it Ray. Big Bear is near there as well. It's a privately owned place, cost it $5.00 a day and you sign a waver (for the year) but it's well worth it. Check out more of my ride reports throughout WV and a few in OH and PA. I enjoy letting others know about places to ride.

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    Great Write-up ODN.

    I've only ridden Cooper's once - and unsurprisingly I did a lot of walking. I also carried around a really Big dinner-plate size bruise for about two weeks.

    Hope C&B got over his spills - he needs to figure out which end is supposed to stay "UP"

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    Real nice write up. You guys hit alot of good spots. It makes me miss my college days in Morgantown

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    Nice Morgantown stoke. Those lookout shots make me all misty.

    I always avoided that Scott's climb like the plague. Hated that climb.

    I'm moving back east next month, can't wait to get back to some of the old trails.

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    Nice. Is there camping?
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    There is a campground there at the park, only thing is there are not enough trail for more than 1 reallly long day or 1-1/2 days of riding. Although, it could be used as a base camp to get out to other areas. Still not what all that Tea Creek is.
    Can you hook that up to your car?.......

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    Glad you enjoyed.... This is actually an old thread, so I'm glad it's still getting read. To answer your question Hangum, yes there is camping available. It's not a large campground by any means, though I've never stayed there. There is also camping on the north side of I-68 in a private campground. I've stayed there before and it's pretty nice. Good hot showers and restrooms and that's usually the most important thing.

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    Cool pics at Rock City ODN. Mother Natures artwork. Thanks.

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    ..I'm glad I'm not the only one to walk up that rock stream garden on Scotts Run!

    Awesome pics!

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    I just cant see anyone riding up that thing! it would be a KILLER even if it was hard packed dirt but with the rocks rolling around under your tires (no "better" line I could see) there is no way I will ever be able to do it riding.

    Went back again for our 3rd time Monday, this time we ended up going down through Rock City to Ridge trail then taking Mont Chateau Trail down to Cheat lake. We skipped Mont Chateau our first couple of trips to Coopers because from the Ridge trail intersection it looked much like that climb out of Scott (just down this time) but after maybe a 1/4 it turns into to some very exciting skinnier rocky trail, small drops, embedded larger rock vs. the baby head sized loose stuff at the beginning, some smooth flowy sections and many blind corners all the way to Cheat lake. The bad part is you have to walk up for a good clip till you hit an intersection where you can ride to the Henry Clay Furnace and then climb and climb your way back up on either dirt roads or a combo of dirt roads and street to the easy trail along the main park road and back to the overlook (we took the dirt and street combo, faster and great exercise being able to keep a nice leg burning cadence and not having to tackle obstacles or deal with loose rocks)

    Just have to thank Outdoor nut again for this post! many of the spots we hit together have been one type of ride...fast and flowy, tech, or cool rocky descents but Coopers has a great mix that really makes it a blast and the easy Road Side trail works out perfect so no matter how beat we are we can always find our way back to it to get out.

    PS we are going again this Monday, hopefully I will have time to buy a smaller camera to take along

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun5ling3rX
    ..I'm glad I'm not the only one to walk up that rock stream garden on Scotts Run!

    Awesome pics!


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