Cowen is an historic railroad town that is now a gateway to the Monongahela National Forest. It offers a place to rest and recharge before or after a day in the forest, including at the historic Hilltop Diner where visitors can grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner. More adventure can be found in the nearby Big Ditch Lake Wildlife Management Area, which offers fishing and hunting, as well as a place to enjoy non-motorized boating. Cowen offers permits for the use of ATV’s or UTV’s in designated areas of town. The Tri-Rivers Rail Trail is nearby and is a perfect place for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The Williams and Gauley rivers are popular for fishing and kayaking. Fishing is also available along the Birch River. Each season of the year allows for a different experience in Cowen. Enjoy summertime with ice cream or a milkshake from Granny’s Dairy Bar and take to the street for the Cowen Historic Walking Tour. Fall brings gorgeous colors and the annual Cowen Haunted House. Winter offers a Cowen Country Christmas. Late spring in the nearby Monongahela National Forest is a welcome site each year with greening trees and budding wildflowers.

Available Attractions

  • Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Hiking

  • Kayaking

  • Biking


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