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Morgantown is a great place to be in the summer! From swimming, hiking, biking, there is a lot to do outdoors. If you love to hike and bird watch, the arboretum is the place to be. It's great in the hotter months because it has so much shade. There are hiking trails at Cooper's Rock as well as Chestnut Ridge. The botanical garden is great place to view wetlands. There are two pools in Morgantown, Krepps and Marilla. Marilla has two waterslides. There are also several rail trails, Decker's Creek, as well as the Mon River trail. Morgantown is a great place to raise children. There are lots of playgrounds, and one of my favorites is Tugboat Depot! The only thing I would change about Morgantown is the traffic. I'm glad the University encourages growth, but traffic patterns must adapt accordingly.
Morgantown, WV is a very vibrant community with lots of wonderful people and businesses. Although I personally think that the consumption of smaller businesses and expansion of property all by the university--housing in particular--is hurting the city. Its poorly kept or cleaned and the roads are in horrible condition. I assume this is due to the decreasing income from property tax that the university is exempt from. That being said the town is great and I've enjoyed my time here tremendously, buy I'd like to see the city better taken care of, and perhaps the university step back and allow other businesses to generate independently. I believe this would help the local economy and improve the overall state and quality of the city.
I lived in Morgantown while working on my undergraduate degree at West Virginia University. I loved how everything was convenient whether it was places to shop for groceries, restaurants, or places to just hang out with friends. Morgantown also offered places where you could get a breath of fresh air... literally!! Across the street from the Creative Arts Center were several trails in a peaceful wooded area that were a great place to escape from the constant practicing and studying. The high level of camaraderie is something I do not think can be matched at other schools. Furthermore, a visit to Morgantown is not complete without checking in with a couple of professors. College can be a stressful time but having teachers that care about your well-being and your success makes the journey worthwhile. My time in Morgantown was one of the happiest chapters of my life and my heart will forever be with the mountains.