Bull Run Road
Masontown, West Virginia/
About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Thirty minutes from Morgantown, WV, Bull Run Road has been a popular recreation area for years. The most notable area surrounds the Jenkinsburg bridge at the confluence of the Cheat River and Big Sandy Creek. Built by the Canton Bridge Company in 1912, it's an example of a unique design known as pin-connected Pennsylvania through-truss.
The trail to the bridge is beautiful year-round. There is something in every season. From the changing colors of fall to the pristine whites of winter, the new spring growth, and the vibrant greens of summer, it's difficult to choose a favorite. The optional section close to the bridge is always wet if you enjoy "mudding." Getting to the beach is possible year-round except in heavy snowfall. This part of the trail provides more of the "off-road" experience than other sections, which can be accessed by nearly any vehicle.
In 2020, the West Virginia Land Trust purchased the land surrounding the bridge, and it is managed in partnership with the Friends of the Cheat. The area had previously been abused by many weekend parties, but the area is now kept in pristine condition. The site features many dispersed campsites and river access for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Nearby, visitors can explore the Cheat Canyon Wildlife Management Area and the Allegheny Trail, West Virginia's longest hiking trail at 330 miles.
Pets and children will enjoy the water and trails. For a more family-friendly and less crowded atmosphere, stick to weekdays and non-holiday weekends. If you want to meet people in the area, weekends are a great time as West Virginians are known for their friendliness.