Morgantown, on the east bank of the Monongahela River, is the seat of Monongalia County and the home of West Virginia University (WVU). A highlight is Core Arboretum, the university's research facility and outdoor classroom that features trails and wildflowers, which is on Monongahela Boulevard, just south of the WVU Coliseum; phone (304) 293-0387. Near the Evansdale campus is the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.
Coopers Rock State Forest, 13 miles east off I-68, offers 12,713 acres of forest, interesting rock formations, hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, camping and picnic areas, a 19th-century iron furnace and a spectacular view of the Cheat River Valley. Swimming and boating are popular activities at Cheat Lake, just east of town on I-68.
A 52-mile section of the West Virginia Rail Trail follows the Monongahela River through Morgantown. Ideal for walking, bicycling, jogging and inline skating, the trail is paved within city limits. Morgantown is at the western end of the scenic portion of I-68, which runs east to Hancock, Md.
Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau 341 Chaplin Rd. MORGANTOWN, WV 26501. Phone:(304)292-5081 or (800)458-7373
Morgantown Mall, at the junction of I-79 exit 152 and US 19, features Belk, Elder-Beerman, JCPenney and Sears as well as more than 75 specialty shops. Seneca Center, in the old Seneca Glass Factory at 709 Beechurst Ave., contains specialty shops.