Scott Run Trail Upgrade Underway this summer

Scott Run Trail Upgrade – First Look --by Adam Polinski, CRF Trailwork Coordinator Trailwork talk turned to action at Coopers Rock, on June 28th and 29th, as the Coopers Rock Foundation’s (CRF) long-planned upgrade of Scott Run Trail began.  The area where Scott Run Trail is located is one of the top trail sites of Coopers Rock, as it covers two and a half miles of varied forest territory, at times adjacent to its namesake stream, between the Front Gate and McCollum Campground.  But the physical state of the trail itself ranks at the bottom of the Coopers Rock scale.  A multitude of drainage problems, and the ensuing erosion, plus extensive stretches of extremely rocky terrain, mar what was once a premier forest trail.  But CRF plans to reverse that trend, and restore the trail so that it matches the quality of its context. On the very first day of work, the trail crew of Forrest Moreland, Adam Polinski, and Stephen Pugh, using wheelbarrows and 5-gallon buckets, moved over 10 tons of crusher run gravel from the Reservoir Parking Lot onto the segment of trail closest to McCollum Campground. They also improved a handful of drainage features, and dug a few new ones, using pick-mattocks, long-handled spades, and bow rakes.  On the second day, their work on improving drainage features continued, which is a key element of upgrading this trail.  This initial surge of work provides Coopers Rock trail users with a first look at what some of the planned upgrades will look like along Scott Run Trail. Coopers Rock trail users know the segment of Scott Run Trail closest to McCollum Campground as a steep and very rocky section that has gotten bad enough in terms of trail surface and drainage problems that many people avoid it.  Trail runners and mountain bikers in particular frequently choose to avoid Scott Run Trail intentionally, because steep, rocky sections like this take what should be a fun but strenuous time and turn it into a rocky, bumpy, muddy slog.  The intention of this upgrade is to provide a 4’ wide smoother trailbed through these rocky sections with a tamped topcoat of recreation-friendly crusher run gravel, so that all trail users, travelling in either direction, can enjoy a reasonable trail surface crafted to their needs.  Further, the entire width of the trail corridor, which is an old, rocky road, will be drained much better than it is now.  Much of the entire corridor will be drier and easier to navigate, and a 4’ width of it will be an order of magnitude easier to hike, run, bike, or ski than it is now. As of the end of June, several hundred feet of the old, rocky road bed that is now the trail corridor for Scott Run Trail has a new topcoat, and several water bars, drainage ditches, and dips were widened, deepened, and shaped to accommodate bike tires, cross-country skis, and running shoes, as well as hiking boots.  Further work is planned for mid-July as well as for mid-August.  All of that work will focus on the McCollum Campground end of the trail.  After that, the focus may shift to the middle third of the trail, or the end closest to the Front Gate.  Upgrade strategies will vary from site to site, based on type of problem and distance from trailhead.  Only certain segments of trail will receive a new topcoating of crusher run gravel.  Work is expected to occur intermittently through Autumn until November 15th, stopping just before Buck Season and Thanksgiving. Trail Problems and proposed solutions for the Scott Run Trail Rocks and exposed roots along the Scott Run Trail

Example of part of the trail repaired using crusher-run gravel near the McCullom Campground:


Spring 5K a success!

After a postponement due to hazardous weather, the Coopers Rock Foundation 5K was held this past Saturday in cool misty conditions that runners love.  The footing was wet and muddy but the runners complemented the cool conditions and a fun time was had by all.  Below are the results:

Name                                   Finish Time

Derek Clark                         19:19

Rob Simmons                     22:01

Andrue Csutoros                23:48

Sam Frasch                         23:57

Rebecca Morton                 27:23

Hailey Chamberlain           27:30

Sandy Yokum                      28:57

Aaron Yokum                     28:57

Brittany Cameron              29:31

Mark Chamberlain             30:09

Lisa Hynes                          30:56

Scott Ridenour                   31:33

Katrina Stewart                  33:43

Jennifer Hyer                      36:18

Kimberly Frye                    36:46

Beth Hestick                        39:29

Nancy Pope                         55:17 (Walk)

Bob Pope                            55:34 (Walk)

Thank yous to our race sponsors, Morgantown Running, WCLG, and the West Virginia Lottery!

Spring 5K run/walk re-scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 10am


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When: Saturday May 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Where: Coopers Rock State Forest Overlook Area

Course: 5K Roadside Trail from Overlook to Reservoir Loop Trail and back

Entry Fee: $25

Support your forest by becoming a member of the Coopers Rock Foundation for only $5 extra with your race entry!  Memberships include a high-quality waterproof map of Coopers Rock!

Additional donations are gratefully accepted and will be used for Coopers Rock maintenance projects!

Register today on our dedicated race page on this site!  Cool prizes and lots of family fun!

Fundraiser at the Black Bear


Fundraiser at the Evansdale Black Bear:

Thursday, March 23 from 6-9pm

Hey out there Coopers Rock Foundation supporters, please join us on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6-9 at the Evansdale Black Bear, as our WVU Professional Parks and Recreation Society partners hosts a fundraiser on our behalf. This is event is always well attended and supported by our friends at the Black Bear. The Foundation Board will be available to talk with and we hope you will come out and support our work to Preserve and Maintain Coopers Rock State Forest Facilities and Trails. Renew your membership or join us for $10 and get your car sticker!

Winterfest is scheduled for Feb. 11th!

cropped-wf_banner.jpg   The Winterfest schedule is set and plans are underway for snow or "no snow" scenarios so either way we will be celebrating winter in the forest on Saturday, Feb. 11.  Our Winterfest coordinator Adam Polinski has a whole day of fun family oriented events, workshops, hikes, food, and more.  Below are the details Coopers Rock WinterFest  2017 The 6th annual Coopers Rock WinterFest will be held on Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 until 4:00.  The festival will be located at and near the Day Use Parking Lot and Front Gate, ¼ mile from the Coopers Rock I-68 Exit.  Almost all events are located in, or start and finish at, the main festival area. Visit the Registration & Information Table, front and center as you drive up to the Day Use Parking Lot and Front Gate, to find out exactly where everything is located and any other questions. Special Membership offer and Car Sticker-(10am-2pm)  Make a commitment to support the work of the Foundation by joining for our annual $10.00 rate and receive a car sticker!   Sign up at the Information booth on your way into the event. *Fire, with KONA COFFEE, hot chocolate, coffee, and baked goods for sale – 10:00 – 3:00 Come get warm around the fire in the center of the Day Use Parking Lot.  Coffee lovers do not miss the chance to try KONA COFFEE provided by Dee Fulton direct from her Hawaiian plantation!  Prices range from the $2 a cup KONA special coffee offer to $1 hot chocolate, chili, mountain pies, and an assortment of cookies and other snacks. *Snowball Target Range10:00 – 3:00  Near the Front Gate.  Throw snowballs at this one-of-a-kind array of targets.  They make noise and move if you hit ‘em!  Other child focused activities in this area. *Snow Obstacle Course10:00 – 3:00.  No special equipment or skills needed, just a willingness to clamber up and slide down through this terrain park-like set of obstacles, comprised of old iron ore pits and constructed  snow  features.  300’ course. *Sledding and Snowman Zone10:00 – 3:00. Located on the hill adjacent to the brand new  restroom, above the Day Use Parking Lot.   Due to the work-in-progress of landscaping the new restroom site, sledding opportunities will be more limited than usual, but at least a small area will be open and some plastic sleds provided. * Cross-Country Ski Try-Out Zone10:00—3:00.  Try out xc-skis for free, This event features use of our new EZ acre cross country trail.  This trail features open easy terrain perfect for first-timers. *Slingshot Paintball Biathlon 10:00 – 3:00.  This event is modeled after the Olympic Biathlon, except skiers shoot paintballs with slingshots instead of bullets with rifles. This event is located at the EZ acre cross country ski trail.  Skiers compete in heats of 4, ski around a 1,500’ loop course, and shoot at 5 targets, which must be hit before proceeding.  Skiers of all levels are welcome, including total Beginners.  Not timed, and no prizes awarded.  This is the perfect event for a group of friends to compete against one another. * Disc Golf10-00 – 3:00.  A 5-basket disc golf course will be temporarily set up, and discs provided.  Who says you can’t play disc golf in the snow?  If you bring your own discs, make sure they aren’t white! * Guided Snowshoe Hikes – Trips leaving from Front Gate at:  10:30, 12:00, and 2. These guided snowshoe hikes take participants on a short loop trip shorter than a mile, featuring an exploration of a beautiful microcosm of Coopers Rock – a boulder garden featuring narrow chasms, big trees, and billowing layers of rhododendrons.  A limited number of snowshoes are provided.  1st come-1st serve.  Small group size. Sign up at the registration desk. *Winter Tree I.D. Hikes – Guided trips leaving from the Front Gate at: 11:00 and 1:30.  Sharpen your winter dendrology skills – it’s harder to ID trees when they have no leaves.  Hike a route weaving through the festival area, learning how to ID numerous native trees using their winter characteristics, such as buds, bark, silhouette, and others. *Downhill XC-Skiing Time Trial1:00 – 2:00.  Ski fast – win prizes! The race course is on a segment of  Roadside Trail, .4 miles along the trail, on the switchback hill in the Crop Tree Demonstration Area.  The most competitive of WinterFest events, this 450’ time trial course takes less than a minute per run, and contestants can run as many laps as they want during the hour-long competition.  Fastest time wins.  The course is Advanced Beginner/Intermediate in technical difficulty.   Each run is timed, results are recorded, and the winner wins both an original, handmade WinterFest tree trophy, and also a cake! *Mass-Start Downhill Dash2:15.  Meet at 3-way intersection of Roadside Trail and Advanced Ski Trail, 1,500’ along Roadside Trail from Front Gate.    Proceed to race course in nearby cleared utility corridor.  All skiers are invited to join in this crazy downhill sprint, down a wide, grassy 600’ long course big enough for dozens of competitors.  Includes Starting Line and Finish Line.  Event not timed.  Winner Take All! The winner wins both an original, handmade WinterFest tree trophy, and also a cake! Women’s Frying Pan Toss3:00 – 4:00.  The site for this event is by the “Welcome To Coopers Rock” sign, before the Day Use Parking Lot.  All women are encouraged to enter what has become a signature event of the Coopers Rock WinterFest, and one that was borrowed from a 100+ year-old winter festival in Saranac Lake NY.  Contestants each get a shot at hurling the official WinterFest frying pan.  Farthest toss wins.  This one’s a hoot!  Winner gets a one-of-a-kind handmade frying pan trophy.  

Annual Membership Meeting coming up next Wednesday, December, 14th at 6pm

Please join us on Wednesday, December, 14th at 6 pm at the Evansdale Black Bear.  We will provide Burritos and chips for our members so please RSVP using the "Contact" link, and jon us for some good news updates on our successful projects this year.  On the program this year is our restoration of the historic CCC Shelter number three.  This shelter had damage to the main beams and underwent extensive repairs.  In addition we hope to thank and recognize several of our supporters.  We hope you can stop by!img_0960

50K and Half Marathon Registration is now Open!

COOPERS ROCK 50K and Half Marathon April 8th, 7am Start time 

Registration is now OPEN!  

Coopers Rock Foundation 300dpi (3) Slider-Celebration_01 Coopers Rock 50 km and Half Marathon Trail Race Description:  This is a rocky, challenging, and scenic trail race at Coopers Rock State Forest in north central West Virginia.  The 50 km course covers nearly every trail on the south side of the forest, features several scenic viewpoints, and has 4000 feet of elevation gain.  The half marathon course is a shorter version of the same trails and has 1500 feet of elevation gain. Location:  Coopers Rock State Forest is located at Exit 15 off of I-68, roughly 15 minutes east of Morgantown, WV.  The race starts at the Overlook Area.  After exiting the interstate, turn towards Coopers Rock State Forest and continue south down the main forest road for 3 miles until reaching the Overlook Area. Date and Time:  Both the 50 km and Half Marathon races will start at 7:00 am, April 8, 2017.  There will be a brief pre-race meeting at 6:40 am on April 8. Entry Fees: 50 km:  $70 if registered by 2/24/2017; $85 if registered by 3/17/2017.  Late online registrations will be permitted between 3/18/2017 and 3/31/2017 for $85 BUT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A T-SHIRT.  You will be permitted to register for the race in person during packet pickup (see times below) for $95 cash or check BUT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A T-SHIRT. Half Marathon:  $50 if registered by 2/24/2017; $65 if registered by 3/17/2017.  Registration is closed thereafter. Late online registrations will be permitted between 3/18/2017 and 3/31/2017 for $65 BUT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A T-SHIRT.  You will be permitted to register for the race in person during packet pickup (see times below) for $75 cash or check BUT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A T-SHIRT. Refunds minus a $10 fee will be granted until 3/17/2017.  50 km entrants may switch to the Half Marathon during packet pickup, but the difference will not be refunded. Half Marathon entrants may switch to the 50 km during packet pickup but must pay $45 in cash or check at that time. Race Cap:  Both races combined will be limited to 200 entries. For complete details and to Register,  please visit our dedicated 50K & Half Marathon page on the menu bar on the Home Page.

Celebration of the Outdoors!

bailey-boys Saturday, October15th

Come up to the forest for a day of workshops, guided hikes, rock climbing lessons, a Used Gear Sale and more!  Check out the schedule below:

ALL DAY ACTIVITES Blue Bird Box Builders Rob Bailey and Sons:  Join Master Naturalist Rob Bailey and his sons from Rising Sun Construction to build a beautiful bird house for your backyard!  Children of all ages welcome. No experience with woodworking needed.  Pavilion 2.  10 to 3pm.  Try Rock Climbing Coopers Rock Climbing Guides Josh Armstrong The Coopers Rock Climbing Guides will be offering free climbing and rappelling at Roadside Rocks from noon to 3pm. Anybody interested will check in and get gear at Pavilion 1, where they'll be given some basic instructions and directions. Our guides will be waiting at the rocks to help people as they arrive. You can arrive anytime between noon and 2 Used Gear Sale Gently used gear such as tents, canoes, camping gear, cross-country skis, snow shoes, camping equipment, and much more.  A percentage of each sale goes to help the forest. Cash or check. Pavilion 1. T-Shirt Making Kristi Truban Take the forest home…on a t-shirt designed by you. Leaf prints, animal track prints, flowers and more. T-shirts, paint, block prints are provided. 10-3 Pavilion  2. Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (ACCA) Learn all about how to protect our wild bird neighbors with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. They have fun and educational activities as well as a wild bird presentation at 11am in Pavilion 2. MUSIC Players will be celebrating the outdoors with music so stop by and listen and enjoy! 11-1 On walkway between Pavilions Historic CCC Picnic Fireplace Cooking Demonstration: Come see a CRF project come to fruition!  The CCC fireplaces, restored by Cooper's Rock Foundation funds, will be featured in a cast-iron cooking demo.  Five fireplaces, manned by foundation members and board members, will be in use and will feature cooking demos.  Watch the fireplaces in action and sample the delicious results!  Hot dogs, Mountain Pies, and hot and cold Apple Cider and other cold drinks and chips available as the supply lasts! Guided Hikes Nature Hike with Dee Fulton,Master Naturalist Join Dee Fulton, Foundation Board member and Master Naturalist on an early morning hike on the newest trail on the south side of the forest and listen and look for birds and everything wild that October has to offer. Hike begins at 1pm. Meet at the Registration desk. Hike along the Roadside Trail Aaron Vedock is a true enthusiast of Cooper Rock and is an outing leader for both the Foundation and the Sierra Club. Join him for a short hike (3-4 miles) along the Roadside Trail. 11am Cool Spots Hikes Adam Polinski Cool Spots Hike, Shorter But Steeper Version This new cool spots circuit has only a little overlap with the past several years’ Cool Spots Hikes. This year’s focus is on the side of the canyon wall. We’ll hike down to Haystack Rock and a little bit farther (250’ in elevation below the Overlook Parking Lot), and both upstream and downstream from Haystack as well. We’ll see big trees and big rocks, and we’ll also look for old, abandoned segments of CCC-constructed trails from 75 years ago still intact on the steep canyon side after many decades. We’ll seek out and traverse some of the very steepest terrain at Coopers Rock this side of technical rock climbing. Wear footwear appropriate for very challenging terrain. Morning Session: 10 am 90 minutes Afternoon Session (same route): 1pm 90 minutes Group Size Limit: 12 per hike

Stump Jump 10K Results!


Stump Jump 10K Race Elevation Gain/Loss Profile:

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Stump Jump 10K Official Results!  

Congratulations to all the runners for a race well run.  Thank you also to Mark and Eleonore Jones our Race Directors for a fabulous job organizing this epic event for the Coopers Rock Foundation. 
O/A Rank Bib# Name Home Town Class Rank Class Age Time
1 93 Nathan Bonham Westfield PA 1 M 00-99 19 39:07.6
2 91 Derek Clark Mount Morris PA 2 M 00-99 36 42:18.6
3 289 Bob Nedley Monesson PA 3 M 00-99 45 45:31.3
4 280 Nickolas Goodman Fresno OH 4 M 00-99 25 50:36.4
5 97 Heather Parks Bruceton Mills WV 1 F 00-99 41 51:41.9
6 259 Jeffrey Muster Savannah GA 5 M 00-99 36 52:15.9
7 272 Tim Quetsch Morgantown WV 6 M 00-99 25 53:25.5
8 254 Jason McCleary 7 M 00-99 ? 53:31.6
9 1275 Mark Casteel 8 M 00-99 ? 54:01.1
10 92 Drew Richardson 9 M 00-99 ? 54:39.4
11 196 Aaron Yocum 10 M 00-99 ? 54:59.4
12 282 Robin Ames 11 M 00-99 ? 55:19.0
13 287 Chris Haddox Morgantown WV 12 M 00-99 56 56:12.1
14 192 Lindsay Wimer Morgantown WV 2 F 00-99 32 56:17.0
15 285 Siegfried Bleher 13 M 00-99 ? 1:03:13.3
16 261 John Daniels 14 M 00-99 ? 1:03:35.3
17 90 Darin Acklin 15 M 00-99 ? 1:03:46.2
18 265 Kevin Gillen 16 M 00-99 ? 1:04:03.6
19 1276 Amy Strang 3 F 00-99 ? 1:04:59.0
20 271 Laura O'Hara 4 F 00-99 ? 1:05:21.4
21 273 Lowell Duckert 17 M 00-99 ? 1:05:40.7
22 1274 Lynne Ryan 5 F 00-99 ? 1:06:00.0
23 283 Samantha Winstanley 6 F 00-99 ? 1:06:27.0
24 194 Mark Tomasi 18 M 00-99 ? 1:07:15.6
25 270 Kyle Rogers 19 M 00-99 ? 1:07:54.8
26 291 Jay Phillips 20 M 00-99 ? 1:08:15.6
27 88 Caroline Shultz 7 F 00-99 ? 1:08:21.7
28 286 Stefanie Moore 8 F 00-99 ? 1:08:40.8
29 197 Adam Polinski 21 M 00-99 ? 1:09:04.4
30 284 Adam Mize 22 M 00-99 ? 1:09:05.6
31 87 Brie Hawley 9 F 00-99 ? 1:09:13.6
32 268 Kit Cottrill 23 M 00-99 ? 1:11:04.8
33 195 Sandy Youkum 10 F 00-99 39 1:13:01.4
34 263 Joy Ouellette 11 F 00-99 ? 1:13:03.3
35 99 Jaime Ouellette 24 M 00-99 ? 1:13:03.9
36 275 John Sylvester 25 M 00-99 ? 1:13:05.3
37 94 Emily Mallon 12 F 00-99 ? 1:13:15.0
38 199 Michelle Lindsay 13 F 00-99 ? 1:13:29.9
39 89 Cynthia Syracuse 14 F 00-99 ? 1:13:43.2
40 258 Jay Kotsko 26 M 00-99 ? 1:14:36.8
41 277 Melissa Simpson 15 F 00-99 ? 1:15:25.9
42 276 Matthew Simpson 27 M 00-99 ? 1:15:35.7
43 98 Indiah Bleher 16 F 00-99 ? 1:15:50.1
44 279 Mirari Elcoro 17 F 00-99 ? 1:16:08.4
45 262 Jonathan Mathes 28 M 00-99 ? 1:16:30.5
46 281 Roberto Tellez 29 M 00-99 ? 1:16:57.4
47 264 Katie White 18 F 00-99 ? 1:18:16.4
48 193 Suzanne Tomasi 19 F 00-99 ? 1:20:29.9
49 260 Jessica Summers 20 F 00-99 ? 1:20:56.5
50 191 Cameron Ford 30 M 00-99 ? 1:20:56.8
51 288 Ellen West 21 F 00-99 ? 1:22:26.7
52 198 June Graham 22 F 00-99 ? 1:22:37.6
53 267 Kevin Shon 31 M 00-99 ? 1:24:08.7
54 278 Michael Simms 32 M 00-99 ? 1:27:14.5
55 86 Bethany Ackley 23 F 00-99 ? 1:30:46.6
56 95 Emily Shaffer 24 F 00-99 ? 1:31:28.9
57 96 Erica Bentley 25 F 00-99 ? 1:31:36.2
58 200 Ehab Akkary 33 M 00-99 ? 1:37:15.8
59 296 John Thomas 34 M 00-99 ? 1:43:32.5
60 269 Brianna Harvey 26 F 00-99 ? 2:09:07.8
61 1269 Kristi Shaffer 27 F 00-99 ? 2:14:22.7

Stump Jump! 10K Saturday Sept. 3!

The Coopers Rock Foundation classic 10K  Stump Jump will be held on September 3 at 9am!

Course: Overlook to the Roadside Trail to Laurel Meadows to Rock City and back to the overlook.

Hop some rocks and jump some stumps at the third annual Coopers Rock Stump Jump! 10K Trail Run.   Celebrate the start of fall at Coopers Rock State Forest as trail runners tackle a beautiful and challenging 6.2-mile foot tour or our favorite local forest.  Help support the work of the Coopers Rock Foundation as we help with facilities repairs and upgrades.

 Online registration is now closed. Please come up to the Overlook and Pavilion area before 8:30am to complete same day walk-in registration.  The race fee will be $30.  

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