The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E 4 7 GROUP M O R G A N T O W N What makes Morgantown unique isn't the plentiful raft- ing, fishing and rock climbing in the surrounding mountains, although there's plenty of that; it's that the city is home to West Virginia University (WVU), "and with that brings all types of opportunities," said Susan Riddle, executive director of the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau. The university is a hub of both student and resident life in the city, as well as a major attraction for visitors. Located on 91 acres, the WVU Core Arboretum has three miles of walk- ing trails between the WVU Coliseum and the Monongahela River. The trails lead through old-growth forest, groomed lawns and wildf lower fields dotted with interpretive signs, trailside benches and a small amphitheater. In May, the uni- versity also opened the new Falling Run Trail project, 16 newly constructed biking and hiking paths that connect the downtown campus to WVU's Organic Research Farm. The university also owns and operates its own zip line and aerial adventure course on its research campus. The Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center includes a canopy tour with four zip lines, an aerial bridge, an aerial ladder and a rappel station. Groups can also tackle the challenge course with high and low ropes elements. Zip lining with WVU adds an extra element because guides "teach you about sustainability and what the trees are used for," Riddle said. Photos courtesy Greenbrier Co. CVB DOWNTOWN LEWISBURG LEWISBURG'S CARNEGIE HALL Six trains, three depots. Trains depart from Elkins, Cass and Durbin. 866.457.3418 • MTN-RAIL.COM MAKE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE A MOUNTAINRAIL ADVENTURE!

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