Canaan Valley Resort State Park - Hiking
Canaan Valley Resort State Park has 9 marked trails across 18 miles of woodland and wetland forests, which are open to the public year-round.
All trails in the park are less than 3 miles long, and the majority are less than 2 miles long. The longest is the Back Hollow Trail. You can combine trails to create longer hikes.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The 9 marked trails in Canaan Valley State Park cover a variety of terrain and difficulty ratings. The majority have a beginner rating because of their easy-to-navigate terrain, but there are a few trails with more difficult sections, and they usually have stream crossings. The most difficult trail in the park, Bald Knob Trail, takes hikers up 4,308 feet to the top of Bald Knob.
Time To Complete
On average, most trails take less than an hour to complete, but the more difficult trails, like the 2.5-mile Bald Knob Trail, can take longer depending on your experience level and the weather conditions.
Although trails in the park are open year-round, damp fall conditions can make the ground slick with fallen foliage, and winter weather conditions can make trails difficult to navigate and follow, with higher elevations becoming dangerous to explore. Winter snowfall can make the tree roots along the trails slippery and terrain difficult to determine as well. Be prepared for wet or damp trail conditions throughout the year when precipitation is heavy.
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