John Denver might have made West Virginia’s natural beauty famous when he sang, “Take me home, to the place that I love,” and when you see the landscapes of the Mountain State, you’ll understand what he was singing about. These six camping spots around Morgantown will sweep you away with their scenic views.
Coopers Rock State Forest offers expansive views of the Cheat River, and the 25 campsites are all located near a bathhouse with showers. Right next to Coopers Rock State Forest is Chestnut Ridge Park, which offers both cabins and camping areas and access to the state forest.
Spanning 10 counties in West Virginia, the Mon has some of the most scenic views in the northeast part of the state. Many of the areas within the forest offer camping with limited bathroom amenities, and you can camp in the backcountry without a special permit.
The 10-mile (16-kilometer) lake created by a dam on the Tygart River offers landscape views where the mountains sink into the water. Tygart Lake State Park offers camping, a lodge, and cabins, while the Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area on the edge of the lake provides a more rustic experience, with 40 campsites that have no access to showers or plumbing.
On the edge of the Laurel Highlands and just across the West Virginia border in Pennsylvania, the Ohiopyle State Park provides scenic views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge.
For more scenic mountain lakes, check out Rocky Gap State Park and Lake Habeeb. With 278 camping spots, you can be up in the forest or down by the lake.