West Virginia Botanic Gardens
1061 Tyrone Road, Morgantown, WV
Open daily dawn to dusk
West Virginia Botanic Garden offers a glimpse at the nature and history of north-central West Virginia. Located at a former reservoir near Chear Lake, the garden offers trails around the reservoir, wetlands and forest that have educational stops along the route. The garden is surrounded by private property, so visitors are advised to stay on the trails. The paths are best suited for trail running early during the day and in the evening, and there are plenty of options to choose from! The path around the reservoir is gravel, while the wetlands path is a boardwalk and the forest path is dirt. The paths vary in length and individually are no longer than a mile, so many visitors combine the paths to make a loop of a few miles complete with hills and stream crossings. Throughout the year, the garden also hosts events such as the fall children’s fair, hikes and yoga sessions. Some events are free while other require payments or reservations, so check the website for details.
The most challenging aspect of using the botanic garden is the limited parking, since there are only about five spots in the upper parking lot. The long hill that leads from the upper parking lot to the garden itself is also a bit steep, but the climb is worth it! Additional parking is also available during special events, Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sundays from 1 – 4 pm, when the lower parking lot is also open.