The Caperton Trail includes six miles of paved surface perfect for walking, rollerblading, strolling, and biking. The trail serves as an outdoor cultural exhibit, featuring murals, sculptures, a September 11th Tree Memorial, and more, while also providing a window into Morgantown’s history.
The Caperton Trail is part of the rail-trail network, which exists not only because of its railroad history but because the corridor has been reserved for future potential train usage. Remnants of former railroad structures such as signal boxes, trestles, and telegraph poles, as well as homestead foundations, mine portals, stone quarries, and coke ovens, are still evident in the trail’s landscape. Where the Caperton Trail meets the Deckers Creek Trail and Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, a mural along one of the structures pays homage to the trail’s railroad history.
The trail travels along the Monongahela Riverfront adjacent to West Virginia University, Hazel Ruby McQuain Park and Amphitheater, the preserved Historic Train Depot, and Historic Downtown Morgantown. In 2006, the trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail for its exemplary qualities. The Deckers Creek Trail also originates along the Caperton Trail.
Businesses have begun to take advantage of the trails, with commercial locations along the trail catering to the walking and biking population. Outdoor patios, bike rentals, and cool drinks are available at several points along the trail.
Learn more about the Caperton Trail, including where to start and where to park, here.
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