Heading to Morgantown, West Virginia to catch a Black Bears baseball game? Why not explore everything else the city has to offer? Between its vibrant downtown area, natural beauty, and outdoor adventures, Morgantown has plenty of sights and sounds to enjoy before or after the big game.
Stroll Through Core Arboretum
The Core Arboretum is West Virginia University’s 91-acre property located along the banks of the Monongahela River. Open daily and free of charge to the public, this nature preserve and botanical garden invites visitors to enjoy its diverse flora and fauna. Over 300 species of trees can be found in Core Arboretum, as well as birds, deer, squirrels, and other wildlife. More than 3.5 miles of hiking trails take you on adventurers through forests, meadows, and the river’s edge. Another three acres of lawn are also dedicated to planted tree specimens native to the state.
Stop By Morgantown Farmer’s Market
Want an authentic taste of Morgantown? The Morgantown Farmer’s Market is a must-stop. This annual, beloved tradition sees local farmers and vendors roll out their best crops, meats, breads, eggs, baked goods and so much more for eager buyers to enjoy. The market begins in May and opens weekly through the first week of November. All goods are produced or sourced from within 50 miles of Morgantown, ensuring that every item and ingredient is truly local.
Try Local Fare in the Wharf District
There’s no better place for a memorable meal than downtown Morgantown. Known as the Wharf District, the downtown area is filled with restaurants and breweries backdropped by the Monongahela River. Morgantown Flour and Feed is just one local favorite that beautifully pairs rustic charm with elegantly elevated brunch and dinner selections. Between the locally crafted beers available at the bar and acoustic performances from home-grown musicians, Morgantown Flour and Feed has a little bit of something for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Just up the street from Flour and Feed is Mountain State Brewing Company, one of the state’s oldest microbreweries and tap rooms. It’s an absolute must-stop for those looking for a down-home, authentic West Virginia dining experience. Locals love the bar and restaurant for its relaxed pub atmosphere, wood-fired flatbreads, artisan pub snacks and microbrews. Guests can enjoy a drink or meal right along the Caperton Rail-Trail, which rests just off the banks of the river.
Visit Hazel Ruby McQuain Park
Just a short walk from Morgantown Farmer’s Market is Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, one of the city’s popular park destinations. Originally built in 1999, the park has recently undergone a complete renovation to bring visitors the region’s best recreational and riverfront amenities. The park’s main features are Ruby Amphitheater, access to the Caperton Rail-Trail and a new plaza and kayak launch. The amphitheater rests at the edge of the Monongahela River and features free summer concerts and other events throughout the year. The Caperton Rail-Trail includes six miles of paved trails along a retired rail bed and is used by walkers, bikers and rollerbladers.
Explore Dorsey’s Knob Park
Another of Morgantown’s best outdoor spaces is only a few minutes away from downtown. Dorsey’s Knob Park is 70 acres of grassy trails, disc golf courses, playgrounds and picnic areas. The park’s most renowned attraction is the Sky Rock, which towers 600 feet above the surrounding landscape. For those willing to make the trek to the top, Sky Rock delivers a stunning picturesque view of Morgantown and the surrounding region.
Take Home a Souvenir
Morgantown is a haven for natural art and handcrafted trinkets. Souvenir seekers visiting the city have to add Appalachian Gallery to their itinerary. The store features two floors of captivating prints and paintings and beautifully curated fine crafts, including hand-blown glass, pottery, woodcrafts, jewelry and much more. Every creation showcased is designed and crafted by West Virginia artisans, so guests are sure to find a truly unique treasure inspired by the state.
Just around the corner is another local souvenir gem. Bear Wood Company is in the business of transforming reclaimed wood into stunning works of art and decor. The artists create rustic state pieces and furniture using wood from local barns, houses and other empty spaces. Engravings are also available right on-site.