About This Park
Canaan Valley Resort is a four-season destination tucked into a high plateau in the Allegheny Mountains in an area known for its unique tundra-like wetlands. Canaan Valley is a major ski resort and one of West Virginia’s largest state parks. It has a full-service lodge, cabins and campgrounds, has been named one of America’s Best Parks by Arthur Frommer’s magazine, and has been listed among the 50 Great Places to Stay by Washingtonian Magazine.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
Things to Do
Come enjoy the beautiful mountains on 18 miles of wide-open biking trails. There’s a route for all skill levels here, so no one gets left behind. Open daily from 9AM to 5PM, you’ll find that all trails are marked in park guides available in the park office. Pick one up before you head out on a new adventure!
Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s campground features 34 paved, wooded sites with full hookups, and laundry and shower facilities with all the amenities of the resort right at your fingertips.
West Virginia State Park campgrounds reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
Fishing at Canaan is available at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. With a wide variety of fish present, be sure to stop and cast your line! Proper licenses and stamps are required. If you need to purchase a license, visit www.wvfish.com for more information.
Don’t give up on your dreams of finding buried treasure just yet! Seven different hidden cache sites are ready to be found for geocachers at Canaan Valley. All you need is a spirit for adventure and a smartphone with GPS.
Let’s hit the greens! One of Canaan’s most popular activities is the 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Geoffrey Cornish. This challenging course is ranked 12th in the state and offers mountain beauty you’ll remember for years to come.
Need to spend some quality time with nature? Explore Canaan Valley’s gorgeous views, wildflowers, and wildlife along 18 miles of trails.Download Park Pack & Map
Grab some friends and head outdoors! Aside from hitting the trails on foot or by bike, you can also try out sporting clays or the scenic chairlifts, open during the summer season (begins May 27, 2017). Don’t forget the Turtle Slide Tube Ride and a climbing wall the whole family can conquer. Don’t feel like climbing, but still want to reach new heights? See how high you can jump on the Eurobungy, or try the park’s newest outdoor adventure attraction, paragliding!
Canaan’s high elevation generally assures a lengthy season for snow sports, which means more fun for you! Winter activities include both cross-country and downhill skiing, snow tubing and ice skating, all of which are located right behind the lodge. When you’re done, warm up with some hot chocolate inside the lodge’s cafe!
You deserve some fun in the sun! Canaan’s outdoor pool is open to guests to enjoy and unwind after some adventuring. Swimming lessons are also offered for a fee. Game courts are located right next to the pool for a quick break in the sun.
West Virginia is home to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in the United States. Be sure to download your Park Pack for maps and other park information.Download
Canaan Valley State Park was established in 1963 on 6,014 acres of land, part of which had been willed to the state by resident S. Maude Kaemmerling for recreational use. In 1971, the park opened its ski slopes on the 4,420 foot Weiss Knob. It was the state’s first ski resort and sparked a new industry in West Virginia. The park’s lodge has been managed by a private operator since the mid-1970s, but the state park system still provides certain services.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s modern lodge features 160 guest rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant, café, lounge, wireless Internet, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and a health spa. Visit canaanresort.com for reservations.
Canaan Valley Resort offers two- three- and four-bedroom cabins and cottages with easy access to all the amenities the resort has to offer. Visit canaanresort.com for reservations.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s campground features 34 paved, wooded sites with full hookups, and laundry and shower facilities with all the amenities of the resort right at your fingertips. West Virginia State Park campgrounds reservations are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. Campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis through October 31.
Event and Meeting Space
The state park offers more than 25,000 square feet of venue space just for your event. From banquets to weddings and conferences and business meeting, you can’t go wrong with Canaan.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park has 23 cabins and cottages with two, three or four bedrooms. Select cabins are pet-friendly, but make sure to check regulations before bringing your furry friends along for the ride. Optional maid service is also available for your convenience.
With multiple on-site restaurants, you’ll find dining options for all appetites at Canaan Valley Resort. Grab a quick bite before heading out for the day, or sit down with the family for a full meal. No matter what you’re craving, a tasty meal will be waiting for you.
The Hickory Room– the main dining room offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner options every day throughout the year, as well as traditional holiday buffets. The glass-walled room features a panoramic view of the valley and a fireplace in the center, so every seat is the best one in the house.
Bald Knob Trail
|Access is at the top of the chair lift or ski area overflow parking lot. The trail ascends through meadows full of birds and butterflies to the top of Bald Knob (elevation 4,308 feet), offering a panoramic view of Canaan Valley.|
Blackwater River Trail
|This trail begins at the gold course parking lot, following the Blackwater River and passing through mixed northern hardwood stands and some of the largest big-toothed aspen in the park.|
|This trail can be accessed via Back Hollow Trail. Monarch butterfiles are drawn to the patches of milkweed in the open fields.|
Railroad Grade Trail
|Access points are the Cabin Area and Middle Ridge Trail. The trail follows the base of Canaan Mountain, passing through a hardwood forest and crossing several small streams.|
|Difficulty||Easy to Difficult|
Back Hollow Trail
|The trail winds through open meadows and connects the Main Lodge and Cabin Area with the Nature Center.|
|Difficulty||Easy to Difficult|
Club Run Trail
|The trail begins at the Cabin Area and follows a section of the Club Run tributary of the Blackwater River. The terrain of mixed forest shrub swamp wetland showcases a variety of wildflowers.|
Ridge Top Trail
|This trail connects Club Run and Middle Ridge trails.|
Middle Ridge Trail
|This trail begins at Balsam Swamp Overlook. Its open meadows and forest edge provide a good location for birdwatching.|
Deer Run Trail
|This self-guided, interpretive trail within the Wildlife Observation Area can be accessed at the Main Lodge or Campground.|
Abe Run Trail
|Many “nursery trees” can be seen along this trail that forms a loop off the Deer Run Trail.|
Mill Run Trail
|This loop is an offshoot of Deer Run Trail and includes benches overlooking the wet meadow.|
Thomas, Davis, and Elkins, WV
Dining, nightlife and cultural attractions can be found in nearby Thomas, Davis and Elkins. Come experience a taste of true West Virginia culture in these quaint, small towns.
Less than an hour’s drive from:
- Blackwater Falls State Park
- Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
- Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
- Seneca Rocks
- Seneca Cavern
- Smoke Hole Caverns
Mountain Trails Rides
Ride the trails in style! Mountain Trails Rides offers guided horseback rides and sleigh rides in winter.
Seneca Rocks Climbing School and NROCKS Outdoor Adventures
This town rocks! Guided rock climbing is available through both the Seneca Rocks Climbing School and NROCKS Outdoor Adventures. For a brag-worthy experience, take your adventure to the next level with the Via Ferrata at NROCKS.
Blackwater Outdoor Adventures
Think you have what it takes to take on the rapids? Blackwater Outdoor Adventures offers both whitewater and flat water excursions on the beautiful Cheat River.
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and the Potomac Eagle
All aboard! Scenic train excursions are available through the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and the Potomac Eagle. Ride the rails to venture into some of the most remote locations in West Virginia.
Monongahela National Forest
Spanning nearly a million acres, this forest encompasses one of America’s most diverse ecological regions. Hundreds of bird species live here, as do 8 types of endangered animals and 75 kinds of trees. Highlights include Spruce Knob (the state’s highest peak at 4,863 feet), rustic camping, picnicking, and backpacking.