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Coopers Rock State Park Getting Stargazing Cabins

Big sign and road leading into forest.
Coopers Rock State Park Entryway
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Updated on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 11:50 a.m.

New stargazing cabins are one part of a major lodging upgrade coming to Coopers Rock State Forest in Monongalia and Preston counties. 

Speaking on Tuesday afternoon from the park’s overlook deck, Gov. Jim Justice and Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby announced several improvements coming to one of the state’s most enjoyed forests.  

“This is yet another exciting day for West Virginia with the addition of these incredible upgrades,” Justice said. “Coopers Rock State Forest is a gem within our state park system, and as we continue to draw visitors from around the world, it’s important that we maintain its amazing condition and reputation.”

Justice said 25 new campsites, a pedestrian bridge and 20 A frame cabins are now in the works for Coopers Rock. 

Springboarding off the popularity of stargazing and dark sky areas, Ruby said the first five A frames to be built will be the state’s first stargazing cabins.

“They’re perfectly positioned with skylights and telescopes inside to be one of the greatest places you can see stars on the east coast,” Ruby said.

The State Forest’s main overlook, which has been under repair, is expected to be re-opened by May 1, 2023.

Gov. Justice also announced that a new pedestrian bridge will be constructed to the main overlook. That project is expected to be completed by August 2024.

The project will cost about $10 million and is expected to take two years to fully complete.