In Northern West Virginia, near the Pennsylvania and Maryland state lines, Cooper’s Rock State Forest is comprised of over 12,000 acres of beautiful outdoor recreation area and spectacular views. The park features historical sites and a variety of outdoor opportunities for you and your family to enjoy.
The forest is perhaps best-known for its scenic overlook points, which view the Cheat River and the Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area across it. In addition to the overlooks, Cooper’s Rock State Forest has a system of trails of over 50 miles. If you bring your dog hiking with you, always come prepared with enough water for you and your pet.
Park and trail maps are available online on the West Virginia parks website. Trails are open during the winter for cross-country skiing. Hunting, geocaching, and rock climbing are also popular in the park. There is also fishing, and rafting is accessible nearby the park. Fishing requires a valid West Virginia fishing license, which is available online.
For overnight guests, there is a campground with 25 sites open during warm months, from April through October. All sites have electric hookups, and there are showers in the campground. Cooper’s Rock State Forest is open all year-round. Reservations for the campground may be made in advance by mail or by phone. When you visit Cooper’s Rock State Forest, be respectful of posted rules and regulations, and be mindful of other park guests.
Dogs and cats are permitted in West Virginia state parks but must be kept on a leash or inside a crate. Do not harass or disturb local wildlife, or allow your pets to be disruptive. Bring waste bags and be sure to keep the park as clean as you found it. With stunning views and no shortage of room to explore, Cooper’s Rock State Forest has plenty to offer everyone who visits—whether two-legged or four.