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.
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.
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.