Incorporated at the turn of the twentieth century, Cowen is a historic railroad town and gateway to Monongahela National Forest's endless recreation possibilities. After fueling up with a homestyle meal at the Hilltop Diner or cooling off with ice cream from Granny's Dairy Barn, guests can take to the street for the Historic Cowen Walking Tour or venture in any direction to find their outdoor fix. Cowen offers ATV and UTV permits in designated areas of town for those looking to explore nature on wheels. The serene Big Ditch Lake Wildlife Management Area features hiking trails, fishing, hunting, and non-motorized boating opportunities. If flowing water is more your speed, cast your line at the Williams, Birch, and Gauley rivers or drop in the kayaks for a whitewater expedition. The 16-mile Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail Trail provides a full day of hiking, biking, and horseback riding. No matter the season, Cowen has something for everyone- from the Cowen Country Christmas to Spring's wildflower blooms, warm summer days to the gorgeous Fall colors and haunted houses.