Canaan Valley Resort State Park - Hiking

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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.

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Allison Pugh


18.0 miles

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

124.9 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

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

1 hours

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.


All Seasons

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.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


Land Website

Canaan Valley Resorrt



Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, Canaan Valley Resort State Park is the highest elevated valley east of the Mississippi River at 3,200 feet. Canaan Valley is home to extensive wetlands and unique plant life you don’t often find in the eastern United States. Within the valley and the state park, you’ll find the headwaters of the Blackwater River, which carves its way across Tucker County. The park has more than 18 miles of marked trails that are open to the public year-round. But, because the valley gets a lot of precipitation, trails may be wet or damp.

What Makes It Great

Canaan Valley Resort State Park is a perfect spot for hiking because of the variety of trails and terrain for beginner, intermediate, and experienced hikers alike. With more than 18 miles across 9 different trails, there is sure to be something for everyone. Each of the park’s 9 trails are clearly marked by signs at the trailhead and color-coded blaze markers along the trails. You can trek the woodland areas of the park, the wetlands unique to the valley, and the highest peaks along Bald Knob Trail—the most difficult marked trail in the park, with an unparalleled panoramic view of Canaan Valley.

Because much of the valley is relatively flat woodland and wetland areas, the majority of trails in the park are fairly easy, and give even experienced hikers a scenic tour. Beginning hikers have an assortment of trails to choose from, including the Blackwater River, Monarch, and Deer Run Trails, which pass through wetlands, meadows, and wooded observation areas. The most difficult trails— Bald Knob, Club Run, and Middle Ridge— have an assortment of terrain and elevations. Bald Knob Trail leads hikers from meadows to the top of Bald Knob, which boasts an elevation of 4,308 feet and showcases the most beautiful, panoramic view of the valley.

Who is Going to Love It

Canaan Valley Resort State Park has something for hikers of all experience levels. Beginning hikers will love the park’s easy-to-navigate, scenic trails, while more experienced hikers will enjoy the payoff as they reach the peak of Bald Knob. Hikers who like nature photography and wildlife will find many natural wonders along the valley trails.

If you’re in search of wildlife, you’ll find a variety of nongame animals as well as bear and deer. Birdwatchers can find a variety of species in the valley’s meadows, fields, and wetlands. Because of the consistent visitor traffic, you can watch wildlife from a relatively close, but safe, distance. The deer in particular allow visitors to get close for a better look.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Physical address: Canaan Valley Resort State Park, 230 Main Lodge Rd., Davis, West Virginia, 26260. Get directions at

There are no fees to enjoy the park. You can park at various lots throughout the park, including the Main Lodge, Nature Center, Ski Area, Golf Clubhouse, and Recreation Building. Park hours are 6am to 10pm daily.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park follows all West Virginia state park regulations as well as a “Leave No Trace” mentality. Do not approach or feed wildlife. From May through September, carry a flashlight past 4pm, and from October through April past 3pm. Stay on— or very close to— marked trails, because there are several unmarked cliff edges with sudden, steep drops.


Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, 230 Main Lodge Rd.
Davis, West Virginia, 26260
39.034813, -79.464836

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