The weatherman is calling for a mild forecast during Thanksgiving break, so what better time to explore the Deckers Creek rail trail? Burn-off that turkey dinner and enjoy scenic views along this user friendly trail!
The Deckers Creek trail is part of a network of trails managed by the Mon River Trails Conservancy. The former railroad grade was converted to a public trail that is great for hiking, biking, running, or cross country skiing. No motorized vehicles are allowed.
The trail total’s 19 miles and paralles Rt. 7 and Deckers Creek. There is parking and access points in Reedsville and Masontown at the trail head, with additional access points at the lower end of the trail at Marilla Park in Sabarton, and Ruby Hazel McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown.
Some of the best views are along the 10 mile stretch between Masontown and Sabarton. There are remote areas of tall hardwoods, rock outcroppings, and steep ravines. Remarkable views of waterfalls along Deckers Creek will have you asking how boaters navigate the steep cascades and narrow shoots while kayaking sections of the stream?
The trail is mostly crushed limestone with paved sections inside Morgantown’s city limits. It has a 2% grade and looses 1000ft of elevation between Reedsville and Morgantown. While the Deckers Creek rail trail is unique in it’s own right, the railroad grade and elevation change is similar to the Blackwater Canyon trail we described here.
It’s an easy bike ride that takes a little over an hour if you arrange a shuttle between Masontown and Sabarton/Morgantown.
As you ride through Sabarton you’ll also notice the outdoor learning park on the stream bank that includes a Nature Trail and Creek Walk developed by the Friends of Deckers Creek. It’s a great addition to the trail that emphasizes environmental education.
Find a complete map of the Deckers Creek rail trail along with other Mon River Basin rail trails at the Mon River Trails Conservancy website. It’s a great resource for planning your trip along the trail. Have fun!