Canaan Valley Resort State Park - Snowshoeing

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Canaan Valley Resort State Park has more than 18 miles of ungroomed trails and a variety of terrains for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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Allison Pugh


18.0 miles

There are 9 marked trails all under 3 miles. Many of these trails also link to hundreds of miles of trails in the Monongahela National Forest, so you can make your hike as long as you like.

Destination Distance From Downtown

124.9 miles


3 of 5 diamonds

The majority of the trails have a beginner rating because of their easy-to-navigate terrain. There are a few trails with difficult sections of harder-to-navigate terrain, which may include stream crossings. The most difficult trail in the park, Bald Knob Trail, takes you up 4,308 ft. to the top of Bald Knob.

Time To Complete

1 hours

On average, most trails take less than an hour to complete. The more difficult trails, like the 2.5-mile Bald Knob Trail, can take longer depending on your experience level and the weather.



All trails are open during the winter months, but be careful during harsh weather conditions. Blizzards are common.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits


While the trails require no fees to explore, snowshoe and ski rentals are available at the Nature Center and average around $20.



Nestled between Canaan Mountain and Cabin Mountain, Canaan Valley Resort State Park sits at 3,200 feet in the highest elevated valley east of the Mississippi River. Canaan Valley is home to extensive wetlands and plant life not often found in the eastern United States. The park has more than 18 miles of marked trails accessible to the public year-round. Canaan Valley winters are typically very cold (with extreme lows in negative temperatures) with high wind chills. The average snowpack is about 2 feet, but in unusually snowy and cold winters, the snowpack can be more than 4 feet deep.

What Makes It Great

This is a great spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing because each of the park’s 9 trails are accessible throughout the winter months (with some exceptions during extreme winter weather). The trails are ungroomed, which lets you to experience a variety of terrain through open fields, up sloping hillsides, and across frozen wetlands.

Winters in the valley are best from January through early March, because they are the coldest and snowiest of the year. Natural snowfalls of 15 feet or more provide plenty of late-season snow, and the dense forest canopies and wetland areas keep the ground frozen and slippery for long periods of time.

Who is Going to Love It

The park’s 9 trails range from easy to difficult. If you are looking for a more leisurely morning or afternoon of skiing and snowshoeing, then the tranquil trails and scenic views are perfect for you.

Nature lovers and photographers will enjoy exploring these trails to look for winter wildlife, like the ever-popular white-tailed deer, grey and red squirrels, snowshoe hares, and many bird species.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The Canaan Valley Resort State Park is located at 230 Main Lodge Rd., Davis, WV, 26260. Get directions and more information at

There is no entrance fee. The resort’s Nature Center has cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals for around $20. You can park at the Main Lodge, Nature Center, Ski Area, Golf Clubhouse, and Recreation Building Parking Lot. Park hours are 6am to 10pm daily. 

Canaan Valley Resort State Park follows all West Virginia state park regulations, including a “Leave No Trace” mentality. Do not approach or feed wildlife. Stay on the trails, and from May through September, carry a flashlight past 4pm, and from October through April past 3pm.


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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