Mon River Trail South

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Morgantown is known as the home of West Virginia University, the inspiration for a Joni Mitchell song and the birthplace of Don Knotts. But it’s also known for its extensive rail-trail system along the Monongahela River—one of a few American rivers that flows north—and its tributaries.

One of the trail system's longest components, the Mon River Trail South begins where the paved Caperton Trail becomes crushed stone at the southern edge of Morgantown. From there, it meanders for nearly 18 miles along a former CSX rail line to Prickett’s Fort State Park. The trail lazily winds through a wooded river valley with many scenic river views, occasional waterfalls and a variety of wildflowers in the spring and autumn.

At the Mon River Trail South’s southern end at Prickett’s Fort State Park, pick up the Marion County Trail (MCTrail) to reach Fairmont.

Trail users can also take the Caperton Trail north to reach the Mon River Trail North, which continues six miles along the river to the Pennsylvania state line and a future connection with the Sheepskin Trail on the other side of the border.

Another rail-trail connecting in Morgantown is the Deckers Creek Trail, which climbs out of the valley and heads 19 miles southeast to Reedsville along Class VI rapids.

Parking and Trail Access

Park at the Uffington boat dock, off of County Route 73, where Interstate 79 crosses the river. Parking is also available at the southern end at Prickett's Fort State Park.


Nice trail with easy access

   August, 2015 by dwyant34

We parked at Prickett's Fort State Park. Parking was plentiful and well marked. We stopped in the Visitor Center first. The folks there were very helpful--they provided maps and suggestions for other trails to check out. Overall, the trail was in good more

More Next Time

   July, 2015 by ajw

After riding the Caperton and a good chunck of the Decker Creek, we only were able to do about 5mi of the South Mon. But it was well maintained, stone dust, mostly shaded. We'll do more next trip. read more

nice trail

   May, 2015 by Brenda62749 more