Nearby places to go for some outdoor therapy

Now that you’ve finally settled in to Morgantown and campus life, whether as a returning or new WVU student, you might want a change of scenery from classroom walls, libraries and the Mountainlair dining area. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “proximity to greenspace has been associated with lower levels of stress and reduced symptomology for depression and anxiety.”

Fall is quickly approaching and now is the time to get outside and enjoy all the “Wild and Wonderful” parts of West Virginia. Here are some of the best nearby places to visit for some outdoor therapy.

Coopers Rock

Coopers Rock is a popular spot among WVU students. It is located about twenty minutes from WVU in Bruceton Mills, WV. The Iconic overlook is very Insta worthy and has a great view of the Cheat River. Aside from the overlook, there are also many opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, and more! Another cool feature of the Cooper’s Rock area are the eco-statues. A crowd favorite is the sleeping giant featured below.

Core Arboretum

The Core Arboretum is located near the Evansdale campus, across from the Creative Arts Center (CAC) and next to the Coliseum.  The Arboretum includes a series of trails and an amphitheater, all of which is run by the university. The Arboretum hosts many events including the upcoming Paw Paw festival on September 29th.  Paw Paw is a fruit native to West Virginia and the festival will include tastings of the fruit, live music, and other activities.

Hazel Ruby McQuain Park

This park is just a short walk from the downtown campus by the Westover bridge. It offers great views of the mon river and an Amphitheatre. A paved trail, known to many as the Caperton Rail Trail, runs through this park and along the river. The trail is six miles in total, but if a six-mile hike sounds as deadly to you as it does to me then maybe just try a leisurely walk on the trail at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park.

Krepps Park

This park is about a mile from the Evansdale campus on Parkview Drive. It features many amenities including hiking trails, an outdoor swimming pool, picnic areas, and most importantly a dog park!

These spots are just a few of the many outdoor activities for the adventurer in you. Whether it’s a short walk from campus or a long drive, take some time to discover some of your favorite hiking trails, scenic routes, parks and more.