The City of Morgantown is well known for great sporting events at Mountaineer Field or the Coliseum, great performing arts at the Creative Arts Center (CAC), businesses in the historic downtown, and our excellent parks system. But, Morgantown will be known in the future for the newly developed Pedestrian Walking and Recreational Trails System. Two main trails traverse Morgantown: The Caperton Trail (named after the former Governor of West Virginia, Gaston Caperton) and the Decker's Creek Trail. Together, these two trails provide nearly 10 miles of paved fun. The paved trails also connect into a bigger trail system that provide an additional 23 miles of crushed limestone trails.
The Caperton Trail includes 6 miles of paved surface perfect for walking, rollerblading, strolling, and biking. The trail travels along the Monongahela Riverfront adjacent to West Virginia University, Hazel Ruby McQuain Park and Amphitheater, the preserved Historic Train Depot, and Historic Downtown Morgantown.
Businesses have begun to take advantage of the trails as well. Commercial locations along the trail cater to the walking, and biking population. Outdoor patios, bike rentals, and cool drinks (great for those hot days, or long walks). The Caperton Trial is the urban part of the larger Mon River Trail which is a flat crushed limestone scenic rail-trail that runs from the Pennsylvania state line to Prickett's Fort State Park.
The Deckers Creek Trail
This trail offers an 1,000 feet. incline over 19 miles. It begins at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront park and parallels Decker's Creek into Reedsville. The trail includes nearly three miles of paved surface traveling through Morgantown and continues south of the City with a crushed limestone surface.
BOPARC Facilitates trail walks and runs for various organizations and does so by scheduling such events on our master calendar in order to avoid duplication of planned routes and organize our own maintenance staff for litter sweep and post event inspection. Read more from BOPARC about how to rent the trails for your walk or run, or call 304-296-8356 to plan your event.