Morgantown Biking & Walking Trails

Pedestrian Walking & Recreational Trails System

The City of Morgantown is well known for great sporting events at Mountaineer Field or the Coliseum, great performing arts at the Metropolitan Theatre and Creative Arts Center (CAC), businesses in the historic downtown, and our excellent parks system. Morgantown is also known for its 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.

Photo by Sue Amos

Walking Trail Photo by Sue Amos
To view up-to-date information and maps of the trails, see the Mon River Trails Conservancy website.

The Caperton Trail

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.

Trail Map

Rail-Trails of North Central West Virginia

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.

The City of Morgantown recently opened its newest pedestrian connector, the Deckers Creek Pedestrian Bridge. The new bridge is located near Stanley's Spot Dog Park and connects the South Park and Greenmont neighborhoods to the Deckers Creek Rail-Trail. The bridge provides residents in those neighborhoods with additional recreation and transportation opportunities. They will now be able to walk or bike to about 80 percent of the city.

How to Hold a Walk / Run on the Trails

BOPARC facilitates trail walks and runs for various organizations. Find out more from BOPARC about how to rent the trails for your walk or run, or call 304-296-8356 to plan your event.

Deckers Creek Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting

A group picture of people that attended the opening of the Deckers Creek Pedestrian Bridge.