Mon River Trail North

West Virginia

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Mon River Trail North Facts

States: West Virginia
Counties: Monongalia
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: Pennsylvania state line and Caperton Trail (Star City)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032487
Trail activities: Bike, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Mon River Trail North Description

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.

The Mon River Trail North is the northernmost component of the trail system and arguably the most scenic. Beginning in Star City at a junction with the paved Caperton Trail, the Mon River Trail North quickly enters dense woodlands at the river’s edge. The trail courses northward through this scenic environment on a former CSX rail corridor for 6 miles until its abrupt end at the Pennsylvania state line.

A short segment of the developing Sheepskin Rail-Trail connects to the Mon River Trail North in Port Marion, Pennsylvania. When that trail is fully built out it will allow for a breathtaking journey from West Virginia to the famous Great Allegheny Passage.

Trail users can also continue south from Star City on the Caperton Trail to reach downtown Morgantown, the Mon River Trail South and the Deckers Creek Trail.


Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available along the Caperton Trail in Star City at Edith Barill Riverfront Park; travel north on the paved trail a short distance to reach the Mon River Trail North's southern end. To access the park from Morgantown, take US 19/State Route 7 north to Star City. Exit at Boyers Avenue just before the highway crosses the Monongahela River. Take the first left onto Leeway Street and loop around next to the lumber company. A large parking lot is located adjacent to the river, just ahead.

Mon River Trail North Reviews

My husband & I walked this trail recently, going up to Pt Marion PA. Very nice trail with some original railroad items along the way.

Extremely nice ride. Rode from Star City to PA state line. Nice easy ride. Trail well maintained. Facilities available at parking area.

Rode this trail in early morning to the PA line- it was in VERY good condition and was a great ride


We started with the paved Caperton Trail downtown and rode through to the Pennsylvania state line, about ten miles (20 round trip).

The views of the Mon River were very nice and it was interesting to view a major power station accross the river. Nice facilities along the way at Star City and Van Voorhis (?) access.

Very pleasurable, family friendly, and well maintained!

We spent the weekend in Morgantown WV and did all the trails. This is the shortest of the three. We rode from mile 10 to the PA border. Very scenic.

We rode from Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown, WV to the PA state line. Excellent trail. We got rained out of this ride 2 years ago and returned to try again. So glad we did. This included the Caperton Trail. Riding Trek hybrids.

Paved trail to the Morgantown city limits; smooth, wide cinders to the state line. Don’t hesitate to continue on north into Pennsylvania to Point Marion. The trail is significantly rougher, but was OK on our tandem (700 x 1.25” wide tires @ 80 psi). It’s only about ¾ mile until you get to a paved section that passes through a recreation field/park which then leads into Point Marion. Grab sandwiches and/or drinks at the Subway in town.

one day i was feeling rather good enough to bike the caperton trail from star city north to the wv/pa state line. approx. 6.5 miles. i started at the star city park & began to take pictures. at a steady slow pace, as to take in the views & to rest, i truly got to enjoy some of the most beautiful summer scenic views i've ever seen on the mon river. i was really scouting places to fish but soon got wrapped up into all the wonderous glory of nature. as a local native, i've been up & down the railroad tracks of both sides of the river when i was a kid. fishing of course. but i've never been below star city on that side of the river. oh yeah, i've seen it from the other side, but it was from a distance of the width of the river. so much was i missing. now with this trail into place, i finally got to see it all up close. i stopped at the wv/pa state line due to the trail not being so smooth as the wv side of the trail. i hope to go to point marion & travel up the cheat river someday by way of this same trail. i must admit the only thing i didn't enjoy on this adventure was coming to spots where a few individials had rutted the trail with 4 wheelers. something totally forbidden on the trails, but i guess there are a few who don't care about others & the rules. nor do they care about all the hard work done by those who maintain these trails for all our enjoyment. overall, this was an excellent day.

My wife and I look to travel and often do multiday cycling on Rail Trails. While attending a triathlon in Morgantown earlier this Spring I happened to notice that several Rail Trails started at the same point in Morgantown down by the Wharf area (at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park) almost like spokes on a wheel. This would make it wothwhile for us to travel from Charlotte. We left at 6:00 am and drove the 7 hrs and after checking in to our hotel for the next three days (Hotel Morgan) we set out to ride the Mon Trail North section. We started at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park at MP 10 and cycled north. The first part of the trail is actually called the Caperton trail until the pavement ends at approx. MP 6 . You cycle along the Mononghela River and the views are very scenic. Takes you back to the old days when river travel was prevalent. The trail ends at MP 0 which is the PA/WV state line. The map shows future plans to extend it into PA and eventually link it up with the Great Allegheny Trail. What a great ride that could become. The trail condition is excellent with a nice tight crushed limestone. Total for the day 20 miles with 2.5 hrs of riding tme.

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