Winterfest Schedule of events



Complete Winterfest Schedule:

There are old and new events!  Come on out and celebrate the forest winter wonderland Foundation style!

All day FREE activities: Sledding hill, snow obstacle course, Updated and awesome snow ball throwing target range, free snow shoe try out/hiking areas, free cross country ski try outs.

Hot drinks and Food:  To raise money for our new restroom, we are selling hot chili, hot chocolate, and baked goods at both the front registration area and the Overlook pavilion.

Time specific events:

Two guided naturalist tree identification hikes: Learn about the tree species around the front parking area with tree experts. Times not specified yet but mid-morning and early afternoon are likely. Please email us or reply on our Facebook page if you are interested in this activity and what time you are interested in.

Guided hikes to the Overlook where a warm fire and hot drinks and hot dogs await! One hike will leave at 11am and another at 1pm. This is a 6 mile round trip hike on the main forest road or roadside trail. Wear sturdy winter hiking boots and layers. The walk has one or two steeper uphills and a beautiful view at the turnaround, of course!  You are invited to sit in the Overlook Pavilion and visit with our Foundation President, Dave Hopkinson, your host, enjoy hot drinks, food, and snacks and warming up and then head back to the front gate. Please let us know if you would like to join one of these hikes so we can plan accordingly.

Guided snow shoe hikes:  We have added this special hike for the more adventurous.  Times are to be determined by interest. If you would like to do a guided snow shoe hike, please post that request in an email to us using the contact us tab, or send a message to us on our Facebook page. We are trying to determine interest and a good time for this hike.

1,000′ Cross-Country Ski Sprint:  This is a new event for the Foundation and will be run by Mark and Eleonore Jones.  The event is open from 10-11: The course is flat and grassy. This is a timed competitive event that anyone can try!  There will be a prize for the individual with the fastest time.

Downhill Time Trial:  “Master of Ceremonies” for the Winterfest, Adam Polinski, opens the competitive Winterfest events with this downhill “thrill ride” on cross country skis from 11am to 12:  One of our originals, this is for intermediate level or above cross-county skiers. Prize to the individual with the fastest time.

Slingshot Paintball Biathlon:  Adam will move to this event and plan to open from 12-2:15.  My personal favorite,  you are required to ski a 1,500′ loop armed with a slingshot and paintballs (both are supplied by us for the race). Hit 5 targets en route to finish line.  If you can move around pretty well on cross-country skis, you really should try this out!  This is a timed event, and a prize will be awarded for the fastest time.

Snowflake Stumble 5K Run:  This is a new and exciting edition to the Winterfest supervised by Mark and Eleonore Jones.  The race time is set for 1pm. Register the day of the event. Starting area is near the front gate. Course is on paved roads, and the race will go snow or no snow.  Prize to the fastest male and fastest female.

Mass Start Downhill Dash:  The final skiing event of the day is set to start at 2:30 and has been a favorite of the skiers.  This event features a 600′ long easy downhill ski run on grassy surface.  Adam claims the course is big enough for 40 racers at once!  Lets try to get a bunch of you out there for this one massive downhill sprint! Break the finish line tape and achieve world-wide fame and glory!  A prize to the first one to the finish!

Womens Frying Pan Toss: 3pm start time. In the short three year history of Winterfest, this event, borrowed from an upstate New York winter festival, is the most popular event of the Winterfest! Come and join the fun of hurling a 5lb cast iron frying pan as far a you can! Winner gets a very cool trophy! Obviously you must be a female to compete!

4th Annual “Winterfest” set for Saturday, February 7


Fun for the whole family!  Come and try out cross-country skiing, or snow shoeing for an hour or two with our free rentals, or take the tiny tots down our sledding hill, and through our obstacle course! Teach your children the secrets of making a great snowball or snow man!  Take a guided hike with one of our talented young Board members and learn about the kinds of trees that live in the forest.  

Maybe you are more adventurous or competitive and would like to talk a long winter walk out to the overlook and back (6 miles round trip).  We will have a warm fire going in the Pavilion and you can purchase a cup of hot chocolate and some hot home made chili or a hot dog to fuel you return trip.  A memory making day for sure!

 For the competitive crowd, we have a variety of events including the very famous women’s frying pan toss!  We also have competitive skiing events such as a downhill slalom, a slingshot paintball biathlon, and maybe even a first ever Winterfest race!  Details coming soon.



Full schedule of events are coming soon!

2014 Annual Membership Meeting a success!

Thanks to all our guests who attended our Annual Membership meeting at the Evansdale Black Bear. Special thanks to Senator Bob Beach who presented a CPP grant check to support our restroom fundraising effort. Great fun with a wonderful, talented group of dedicated volunteers! Thank you all for a very productive year!
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Mountain SOL presentation
State Senator Bob Beach presents certificate of funds for restroom project to
Foundation President Dave Hopkinson
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WVU Landscape Architecture Professor and Foundation Board member Peter Butler presents about the Summer Field School and other Historic Preservation initiatives he has led this year.
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Cultural History Professor Jenny Boulware informs the group about a project her class worked on to explore the history of the forest.
DOE Project Leader and Foundation Board member Ted McMahon updates the members on the progress made this year to restore the historic CCC fireplaces and picnic areas.

2014 trail work season ends with a successful weekend of completed projects

Below is a report from our amazing volunteer trail work coordinator, Adam Polinski about the final trail work projects of 2014.  For Adam and the Foundation, this marks the 25th consecutive year of trail work up at Coopers.  Thank you Adam, and thank you to all our volunteers!  We could not do this without you all!
Thursday, 10/30
3 volunteers, me, and Larry Baber, DNR Parks & Recreation Section succeeded in top-coating about 210′ feet of Roadside Trail in ‘the Conifer Section’ of the trail between the Reservoir Parking Lot and the water tank.  We took the segment of trail with the highest concentration of exposed roots and made it into one of the smoothest sections of trail.  Larry very skillfully operated a front-end loader.
  Saturday, 11/1
11 volunteers and I put in two new Sapling Enclosures in the Overlook Picnic Area.  These are between the right or north side of the Large Gravel Parking Lot, and the round CCC Spring House just below Roadside Trail.  Each has a few dozen trees planted within a fenced-area of approx. 150′ in circumference, with two interpretive signs mounted on the fence (same signs as on the original ‘plantation’ between Restroom and Playground).  We also added to the lining/delineating of Roadside Trail within the Overlook Picnic Area by ‘planting rocks’ just as the CCC did around the perimeter of the Overlook
  Sunday, 11/2
40 volunteers and I worked on several projects between the black & white “SALT SAND” Sign in the southwest corner of the Large  Gravel Parking Lot, and Haystack Rock.  We cleaned off graffiti, delineated segments of trail in the trail network down there using fallen brush and branches, moved a gigantic fallen tree that was across Underlook Trail (but no more!), and improved upon the reroute that was put in on 10/19 by building better stone stairs through that stretch.  Also, some of us did drainage maintenance along the first 1/3 mile of Roadside Trail closest to I-68.
  We got a lot done and I am glad of it but am now tuckered out.  This flurry of work days is over and I have no more large volunteer days planned in 2014.  Perhaps a few small sessions with a handful of volunteers but no more big ones.

Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014 a huge success!

Our Rocky Habitat Restoration Day on Sunday, October 19 was a huge success with 87 volunteers from three area Universities and the region. Thank you to all who shared in the work of this day of restoration of the rim rock ecosystems at Coopers.  A special thanks to Greg Curio and Brett Hagerty of Adventure WV,  Jan Kiger of Fairmont State University, and Janet Paladino, from Waynesburg University for their leadership and inspiring students to volunteer their time. 



Adam welcoming voluteers to Rocky Habitat Restoration 2014

Rocky Habitat Restoration this Sunday!

Join the Coopers Rock Foundation and Adam Polinski and help us save the Rocky Habitat around the Overlook from too much love!  The event is scheduled for this Sunday, October 19th from 11 to 4.  The meeting place is the big overflow parking lot by the climbers kiosk.   movinglogs

Fall is arriving fast, come on up and take a hike!


The cold temperatures are here and the leaves are changing.  Come up and take a walk, or visit our events page to find out about opportunities to volunteer in October and early November.


Coopers Fall 2013


This photo was taken by Hannah Spencer in 2013 during the peak foliage up at Coopers.  Come up and check it out this weekend!  Visit our information booth and find out how you can get involved in the Foundation!