Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

Cheat Lake WAT E R AND V I EWS GA OR E !

MEMORABLE MORGANTOWN MOMENTS 1 Taking in a show at the RESTORED 1924 METROPOLITAN THEATRE morgantownmet.com 2 Drinking A FRESH PINT at Morgantown Brewing Company, West Virginia’s first brewpub morgantownbrewing.com 3 AN AFTERNOON AT TUGBOAT DEPOT PLAYGROUND and coffee at Terra Cafe next door terracafewv.com 4 A LONG CREEKSIDE WALK on the Deckers Creek Trail montrails.org 5 A Saturday afternoon wandering a summer monthly ARTS WALK downtownmorgantown.com 6 CHEERING ON WVU’S FOOTBALL TEAM at Milan Puskar Stadium wvugame.com 7 PADDLING A CANOE

when west penn power dammed the cheat river at the state line in 1925 to harness it for electricity, little did anyone know that the 13-mile-long Cheat Lake that resulted would become Morgantown’s playground and a home for those who prefer a beautiful, quiet retreat. Today, Cheat Lake is one of the Morgantown area’s most affluent and fastest- growing communities. Homes tend to be newer on larger lots, although they range from 1950s and ’60s bungalows to easy-care townhomes to mansions with spacious, landscaped grounds. Cheat Lake especially attracts boaters, fishers, and swimmers who enjoy convenient access to flatwater. But other outdoor pursuits are close at hand: paddlers love the river upstream for its class II to III Cheat Narrows and class III to V Cheat Canyon whitewater. Hikers at Coopers Rock State Forest can find anything from an easy walk to long, meandering trails of varying difficulty. Climbers enjoy dramatic rock formations with dozens of established paths from beginner to technical. Golfers have the area’s best at hand at Lakeview Golf Resort. And don’t forget winter: cross country skiers find a peaceful wonderland at Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area. Dining and entertainment reflect Cheat Lake’s casual, outdoorsy lifestyle. Lakeside dining comes with spectacular sunsets at Dockside Grill, The Lake House Restaurant, and Whippoorwill Bar & Grill. Just off the lake, Tropics Restaurant and Bar serves up authentic Hawaiian food with live entertainment on its expansive, lushly planted decks. And Chestnut Ridge Park offers outdoor concerts through the summer. Cheat Lake is removed from the bustle of Morgantown, but it’s not isolated. As the community has grown, businesses have sprung up along the corridor between there and town. Cheat Lakers can find everything from cafe sitting to clothing and housewares to medical services on the path of their commute. In that way, life at Cheat Lake is the best of both worlds.

GENERAL AREA East of Morgantown, encompassing both the near and far sides of Cheat Lake SCHOOLS Cheat Lake Elementary, Mountaineer Middle, University High AVERAGE SALE PRICE 2020 $402,000 INTERESTING FACT Participants in the annual August Cheat Lake Regatta race anything that floats by day and light the lake by lantern by night. The fundraiser benefits local charities through the Cheat Lake Rotary Community Trust.

OR KAYAK on the Monongahela River

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