Coopers Rock State Forest - Mountain Biking

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Coopers Rock State Forest packs a punch with almost 50 miles of mountain biking trails for riders of all skill levels.

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Carolyne Whelan

Distance

50.0 miles

While the park itself has an impressive 40 miles of registered trails, there are more singletrack trails to explore.

Destination Distance From Downtown

133.1 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Beginners won't feel overwhelmed here, and advanced riders can find some trails perfect for endurance and technical skill training.

Time To Complete

5 hours

Coopers Rock packs a punch with a lot of singletrack in a small forest. You can keep it simple with a 6-mile loop, or spend a whole day exploring.

Seasonality

All Seasons

While fall may mean pristine riding conditions, hunting is allowed in the forest from October through February, so wear lots of orange and be aware of your surroundings.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Coopers Rock State Forest is a park that keeps on giving, with almost 50 miles of singletrack for all skill levels. Whether you are just getting comfortable on 2 wheels or are ready to start training for your solo race at 24 Hours of Big Bear, Coopers Rock has what you need. There are 40 miles of marked trails, plus additional singletrack, so pick up a map at the gate and spend the afternoon exploring before rewarding yourself with a snack at the overlook.

What Makes It Great

Coopers Rock is one of the few parks that can be appreciated by all skill levels, making it a fabulous destination for families, shredders-in-training, and riders looking to improve their endurance and handling skills. There are a few beginner out-and-backs like Roadside Trail or Clay Run that you can use as warm-ups before turning off for more technical riding on trails like Libor, Ridge, or Rhododendron. There is also a section on the top of the ridge to practice rolling over logs, rocks, and jumps.

Riders will enjoy the flow of the trails, which are filled with West Virginia’s signature punchy climbs and descents. For an exceptional view of the canyon, soar down the Raven Rock Trail, which ends with a short climb.

If you are interested in the wildflowers, visit in the spring and early summer when the blooming rhododendron and mountain laurel are at their peak. Fall is also magical when the foliage turns on full blast.

Who is Going to Love It

Intermediate riders will love Coopers Rock State Forest for the seemingly endless singletrack. There are only a few trails that are black diamond, so the majority of this forest can be handled by anyone who is comfortable on a mountain bike. Just be cautious and know your personal limits.

If you are looking for a good training ride, you will appreciate the number of climbs in such a compact space. There is also a nice area on the ridge to practice bike handling skills.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Take I-68 and get off at Exit 15. From the east, take a left; from the west, take a right. Follow the signs for Coopers Rock and park in the first lot on the right after entering the park, about 500 feet past the entrance gate. Take the Roadside Trail up to the concession area and pick up a map, or print one.

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Coopers Rock State Forest

39.656662, -79.787134

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