Cycling buddy Kelly and I went out to Coopers Rock on Monday to go birding.

We hiked the Raven Rock trail which starts at the main access road and then ends at a rock outcrop at the edge of the Cheat Canyon. This outcrop serves as the base for utility poles which carry power lines across the canyon.

"The trail is a moderately steep and very rocky. It is wide and travels through very open woods. There are large boulders off the trail in areas and the view at the end is spectacular. You have a great view of the Cheat River Canyon. There is plenty of wildlife to see and be ware of rattlesnakes. For those interested, there is both a geocache and letterbox near Raven Rock."