Saturday in Morgantown

Note: Below is a tentative list of possible activities.
The final schedule will most likely change as we get closer to the event.
Activities may be added, deleted or moved to a different day.

Afternoon Options

 

Morgantown, WV is the county seat of Monongalia County.  the town is located along the banks of the Monongahela River.  Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia and home to West Virginia University. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University, the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system (PRT), and the home of the late actor Don Knotts. A Day in Morgantown, WV is considered a full day activity composed of a series of smaller activities.  All participants will leave camp at 8:30 a.m. on one of two buses going to Morgantown.  Everyone will leave Morgantown at approx. 3:30 p.m. to return to camp at 4:00 p.m. You MUST select one-morning and one-afternoon activity or a single full day activity.  Morgantown has some excellent local restaurants, but make sure you pack your lunch before leaving camp because not all activities are near a restaurant (esp the full day bike ride).   All activities leave camp at 8:30 a.m. and arrive back at 4:00 p.m.

Full Day Options

SF1: Core Arboretum and WVU Art Museum

Start your day hiking some of the 3 miles of trails at the Core Arboretum. Note that some of the trails are steep as they ascent/descent to and from the river. After lunch, walk over to the West Virginia University Art Museum. This museum is currently open from 12:30 - 4:30 on Saturdays. The Art Museum has two art galleries totaling approximately 5,400 square-feet of exhibition space as well as the Nath Sculpture Garden, a 2.5-acre area which includes sculptures from Zimbabwe, China, and the United States. After spending an hour at the art museum, we will take the PRT into downtown Morgantown where you will have 1-2 hours to look around

  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Will travel with other groups on a bus to Morgantown
  • Remember, we will be meeting the bus at a TBD location at 3:30 p.m. You must be there or risk being left to find your way back to camp via Taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
  • Cost: 50 cents (Two-Quarters exact change) per person to ride PRT. Pay at the station.

SF2: Full Day Mon/Caperton Trail Bike Ride

This bike ride combines both half day rides listed below.  We'll start the day heading north, toward the Pennsylvania border.  The whole round tour to Point Marion is a 20-mile ride.  Depending on the riders involved, we may ride the full trip, or turn around part way.  We need to be back at the vendor location by noon, so you have time to eat lunch before starting the 14-mile round-trip south on the same trail.

  • 8:30 am ~ 4:00 pm (Must be back at Wamsley Cycles by 3:00 pm
  • Cost: $43 Full Day (Includes Bike Rental, Transporation and Admin Fees)
  • No cost for Private Bikes but must transport your own to the trailhead
  • Bike rentals are available from Warmsley Cycles (Helmets and bikes included in rental).
  • Bring bike gloves, water, food, and comfortable clothing

Morning Options

SM1: Bike Ride on the Mon River North / Caperton Trail to Point Marion

Cycle 10 to 20 miles on an out and back bike ride along Former Rail trails used historically to transport coal, glass, sand, and limestone to distant markets which have been converted to recreational trails. Most of the trip meanders along the Monongahela River. The terrain is generally flat and mostly paved with sections of compacted limestone. Along the way you will use:

The first three miles of your ride is on the Caperton Rail Trail is a paved trail that offers paved service in Morgantown area. It has an urban feel and runs through city parks, playgrounds, the Core Arboretum and the Edith Barill Riverfront Park.

Mon River Trial North consists of the six miles between where Caperton Rail Trail ends north of Edith Barill Riverfront Park and WV/PA state line. The Mon River Trail North surfaced with crushed limestone hugs the gentle curves of the Mon River (short for Monongahela). The waterway, which Belling likens to the Mississippi, cuts a wide, slow-moving path through the forested terrain on its way to the state line. Mon River Trail will be the more picturesque part of your ride.

At the WV/PA state, the trail becomes the newly created Sheepskin Trail which continues two more miles into Point Marion.

  • 8:30 am ~ noon
  • Cost: $24 for Half Day (Includes Bike Rental, Transporation, and Admin Fees)
  • No charge for Private Bikes but must transport your own to the trailhead
  • Bike rentals are available from Warmsley Cycles (Helmets and bikes included in rental).
  • Bring bike gloves, water, food, and comfortable clothing.

SM2: Core Arboretum and Hike on the Caperton Trail

Start your day hiking some of the 3 miles of trails at the Core Arboretum. Note that some of the trails are steep as they ascent/descent to and from the river and maybe muddy/slippery. After hiking at the Arboretum, walk south along the Caperton Trail, through industrial Morgantown, to the McQuain Park. Optional return to downtown Morgantown on the PRT, if you walk back up the trails to the university, to the Engineering PRT station adjacent to the UWV Art Museum.

  • 8:30 am - noon
  • Remember, we will be meeting the bus at a TBD location at 3:30 p.m. You must be there or risk being left to find your way back to camp via Taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
  • Cost: 50 cents (Two-Quarters exact change) per person to ride PRT. Pay at the station. The fee only applies to people using the PRT to return to downtown.

SM3: Morgantown Historic Walking Tour

Follow the brochure to see the historic buildings which form the historic downtown in Morgantown. The tour takes you to 53 buildings in the compact downtown area. Along the way, visit the Morgantown History Museum and the Don Knotts statue. The Morgantown History Museum is a free attraction which highlights the people and events in the town’s history. If the Monongahela Arts Center is open, stop in and have a look at the current art displays. After the tour, go back and visit one of the many shops or restaurants in the area. The actual tour will take approximately 2 hours so you will have time to participate in the Xscape Live Escape Room (you must have registered for the escape room when you register).

  • 8:30 am - noon
  • Make sure you are back at a TBD location for the 3:30 bus pickup or you will need to find your own way back to camp via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
  • Cost: None

SM4: Easy-going Morning in Morgantown

Just spend the morning getting to know Morgantown, and it's many shops, restaurants, and parks.  "Buddy up" with someone and make your own itinerary.  Just make sure you are back at a TBD location for the 3:30 bus pickup or you will need to find your own way back to camp via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

  • 8:30 am - noon
  • Cost: None

Afternoon Options

SA1: Bike Caperton Trail to Mon River Trail South to Little River

Enjoy a 10 to 20 mile out and back bike ride along mostly flat Mon River South and Caperton Rail Trails. You will leave Wamsley Cycles and south along 2.6 miles of paved Caperton Trail to the city limits of Morgantown where it meets up with the Mon River Trail South. Then travel another seven miles along the limestone covered Mon River South to Little Falls while it follows the Monongahela River (Mon for short) with little interruptions of other buildings. Just you, the trail and the beauty of the river. Along the way check out the Morgantown and Hildebrand Lock and Dams.

  • 1:00 pm~ 4:00 pm (Must be back at Wamsley Cycles by 3:00 pm)
  • Cost: $24 for Half Day(Includes Bike Rental, Transporation, and Admin Fees)
  • No charge for Private Bikes but must transport your own to the trailhead
  • Bike rentals are available from Warmsley Cycles (Helmets and bikes included in rental).
  • Bring bike gloves, water, food, and comfortable clothing

SA2:  Morgantown Historic Walking Tour

Follow the brochure to see the historic buildings which form the historic downtown in Morgantown. The tour takes you to 53 buildings in the compact downtown area. Along the way, visit the Morgantown History Museum and the Don Knotts statue. The Morgantown History Museum is a free attraction which highlights the people and events in the town’s history. If the Monongahela Arts Center is open, stop in and have a look at the current art displays. After the tour, go back and visit one of the many shops or restaurants in the area. The actual journey will take approximately 2 hours.

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Make sure you are back at a TBD location for the 3:30 bus pickup or you will need to find your own way back to camp via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
  • Cost: None

SA3:  Xscape Live Escape Room

Enjoy puzzles?  Join the latest fad and work as a team with 7-9 others to figure out how to get out of the room.  You will be given a 15-minute briefing before your 1-hour escape session  You must be at the escape room at approx 1:00 p.m.  You will be done between 2:30 & 3:00 so you will have time to meet the bus at 3:30.

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Make sure you are back at a TBD location for the 3:30 bus pickup or you will need to find your own way back to camp via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
  • Cost:  $33.00

SA4: Easy-going Afternoon in Morgantown

Spend the afternoon getting to know Morgantown, and it's many shops, restaurants, and parks. "Buddy up" with someone and make your own itinerary. Just make sure you are back at TBD for the 3:30 bus pickup or you will need to find your own way back to camp via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Make sure you are back at a TBD location for the 3:30 bus pickup or you will need to find your own way back to camp via taxi, Uber, or Lyft.
  • Cost: None

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