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Coopers Rock bridge closed

As spring weather returns and people start planning outdoor excursions, the Coopers Rock bridge that accesses the scenic overlook remains closed for maintenance and repairs.

The West Virginia State Parks System announced the closure earlier this year, with no indication of when the footbridge may reopen.

Established in 1936, Coopers Rock State Forest is just off I-68, about 13 miles from Morgantown and features canyon overlooks, historical sites, picnic shelters, 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, sandstone cliffs for climbing and bouldering, cross-country ski terrain, a trout lake and a nearby river for rafting, according to the park service.

A sign announcing the closure of the overlook is placed at the main parking lot, but there is no indication of the closure before visitors reach that spot.

All other areas of the park remain open to visitors, including the secondary overlook, campsites and hiking and biking trails.

For more information, call 304-594-1561 or email