Mon River / Caperton / Deckers Creek Rail-Trail Information

image001Currently, 48 miles of the Mon River / Caperton / Deckers Creek Rail-Trails are open for non-motorized use, primarily walking, cycling, jogging, and cross-country skiing with a smooth, durable surface for wheel-chair use and all types of bicycles. In Morgantown and Star City, eight miles of trail are paved, allowing for in-line skating. The rail-trail connects three counties, Marion, Monongalia, and Preston Counties in North Central West Virginia.

The Rails-Trails are fun in all seasons. We do not plow the rail-trail in the winter but it still gets lots of use.

The Caperton Trail has an urban feel with neighboring city parks, restaurants, and shops. The relatively flat Mon River Trail meanders along the wooded river valley with occasional bottomland and field habitats. The Deckers Creek Trail is more of a challenge as it climbs at approximately a 2% grade 1,000 feet over 19 miles with rhododendron and hemlock groves, deciduous forests, into more open fields and farmlands in Preston County.

 

HELPFUL TIPS FOR TRAIL USERS- from the Rails to Trails Conservancy and League of American Bicyclists

 

Be Alert! Five Tips for a Better Trail Mindset

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/september/03/be-alert-five-tips-for-a-better-trail-mindset/?tag=Trail+Use+Tips

 

The Most Universal Trail Tip: Standing Still? Stand Aside.

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/august/18/the-most-universal-trail-tip-standing-still-stand-aside/?tag=Trail+Use+Tips

 

We’re in This Together. Use Safe Speeds on the Trail.

http://www.railstotrails.org/trailblog/2015/july/31/we-re-in-this-together-use-safe-speeds-on-the-trail/?tag=Trail+Use+Tips

 

Overcoming Bike Commuting Concerns

http://www.bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/overcoming_commuting_concerns.pdf

http://bikeleague.org/content/commuting

 

 

ACTIVE LOCAL GROUPS THAT YOU MAY WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT

 

Country Road Cyclists- promote the fun of bicycling through group rides, cycling advocacy, new-cyclist encouragement, social events, and the dissemination of safety and skills information. http://www.crcyclists.org

Positive Spin- Bicycle Recycling Program- a place to donate a bike or bring home a bike
http://positivespin.org

Morgantown Bike Board- making Morgantown more Bike Friendly
http://bikemorgantown.com

Morgantown Pedestrian Safety Board- making Morgantown more Pedestrian Friendly
http://www.morgantownwv.gov/government/advisory-boards/pedestrian-safety-board/

Morgantown RoadRunners- Local Running Club
https://www.facebook.com/MorgantownRoadRunnersWvTrackClub/

Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia
http://www.gotrncwv.org

Hike it Baby Morgantown WV- a meet up group for families with young children
https://www.facebook.com/groups/hikeitbabymorgantownWV/

Morgantown Area Paddlers- Meet-up group for kayak and canoe paddle trips. A great way to explore Upper Mon Water Trail and other local rivers
https://www.facebook.com/Morgantown-Area-Paddlers-755677667911876/

Mountaineer Audubon- a great way to bird with others
http://mountaineeraudubon.org

Friends of Deckers Creek- Deckers Creek Watershed Group-
http://deckerscreek.org