Dorsey's Knob Park is the City of Morgantown's newest Park in the BOPARC Park System . This 70-acre site is one of the highest points in Monongalia County. From its "Sky Rock" peak, you can see for miles and miles.
On June 25, 2002, a dream became reality when it was announced that the Greater Morgantown Community Trust agreed to borrow the necessary $1.32 million to purchase Dorsey's Knob providing the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners with one of the largest additions to the BOPARC system.
Dorsey's Knob was known to generations of Native Americans as Sky Rock. The name came from George Dorsey after purchasing the land from the family of the first settler of European descent in the area, John Cobun. In the first half of the 20th Century, Dorsey's Knob was a destination for residents taking leisure time walks and short hikes from the First Ward area of Morgantown.
Sky Rock (Dorsey's Knob) was considered to be the highest point in the County before actual measurements demonstrated otherwise (elevation 1,438 ft.). It is a promontory located in the center of a 360 degree panoramic 'bowl' of distant higher elevations, creating an impression it is the highest point in the locality. Some have described the view as being similar to the structure of a wheel, where Sky Rock is the center and the distant hills make the rim in all directions.
As a teen I spent much time climbing and running around on this property. I'm glad others can finally enjoy the area. And yes, I know it's been said before, but the view from the top of Sky Rock really is beautiful.