Wild and Wonderful Guide to Morgantown


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Our Wild & Wonderful Guides are meant to give you a quick glimpse at the towns, cities and areas we love in hopes that you'll be encouraged to explore West Virginia. They are in no way inclusive of all the amazing options in each place. 

Morgantown is the bustling home of West Virginia University in Monongalia County!  Morgantown is the perfect place an adventure. From Cooper's Rock State Forest to Mylan Puskar Stadium, Morgantown is just the place to let loose and channel your inner Mountaineer.


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Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place

Looking for a luxurious getaway? The Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place is a great place to relax and unwind. The Waterfront Marriott offers business and personal accommodations suitable for everyone! This venue hosts many conferences and events throughout the year that have West Virginians flocking to the location. Located on the Monongahela River, this hotel has beautiful views and a great location for a morning walk along the rail trail!

Cooper's Rock State Forest 

The Cooper's Rock campground boasts 25 sites, all have access a central bathhouse, electrical hookups, and even Wi-Fi for registered guests. Thinking about bringing your furry friends? Not to worry, as long as your pet stays on a leash, they are free to join you on an adventure.

Clarion Hotel Morgan

Located in downtown Morgantown, the Clarion Hotel Morgan is a historical landmark. Get in on the action of Hight Street by visiting the shops, restaurants, and bars. Ever since opening it's doors in 1925, the hotel has been the premier destination for those wanting to stay downtown and near West Virginia University.


The Grind

Located on Willey Street, The Grind is a trendy café featuring premium Italian coffee, sandwiches, salads, and much more. Get there early to avoid the line, there are always West Virginia University employees and students waiting eagerly to get their coffee fix! We suggest stopping by for a morning bagel or an afternoon coffee break.

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Black Bear Burritos

Looking for healthy food that tastes amazing? Black Bear Burritos has something for everyone. Their menu includes a variety of choices for your dietary needs. The "build your own burrito" option can cater to vegan, vegetarian, and meat eating diets. Tip from us, the chips and queso are not to be missed!!

Chaang Thai

For all of our gluten free or vegetarian readers, Chaang Thai is a great option. The menu offers a variety of Thai cuisine. The prices are great, service is fast, and the portion size is enough for two meals. Save some time and money, go to Chaang Thai!


Hike Cooper's Rock

Cooper's Rock is located outside of Morgantown and a few minutes off of the I-68 exit. The forest has many trails leading to overlooks that provide spectacular views of the Cheat River canyon. Cooper's Rock provides many outdoor opportunities from fantastic views to rock climbing. FYI, Cooper's Rock is a great place to show off your Wild and Wonderful Lifestyle Co. gear!

Experience Cheat Lake

Cheat Lake is a great spot to kayak, paddle board, and take part in water sports. The backwaters and beach are the most popular spots on the lake to take a dip in the sparkling waters. If you are looking to try out something new, take a chance on stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga!

Walk the Rail Trail

Looking for an easy walk and view of the river? The Monongahela River Rail Trail is for you. Currently, 48 miles along the Monongahela River/Caperton/Decker's Creek are open to walking, running, and cycling. In Morgantown and Star City, 8 miles of the trail are paved for easy, accessible exercise.

Fun Fact

John Denver sang "Country Roads" at Mountaineer Field on the day it opened: September 6, 1980.

We hope you'll visit Morgantown and check out some of the spots we listed. If you do, be sure to tag us in all your adventures through Instagram or Facebook!