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


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Snow Sports
  • Swimming
Groups, Meetings and Weddings Rules & Regulations Download Park Pack & Map

History

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.

Accommodations

Lodge

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.

Cabins

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.

Camping

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.

Cabins

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.

Dining

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.

Laurel Lounge

Seasons Cafe

Quenchers Pub

Trails

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.
Distance 2.5-mile segment
Difficulty Most Difficult

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.
Distance 1-mile loop
Difficulty Easy

Monarch Trail

This trail can be accessed via Back Hollow Trail. Monarch butterfiles are drawn to the patches of milkweed in the open fields.
Distance .25-mile segment
Difficulty Easy

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.
Distance 2.5 miles
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.
Distance 3 miles
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.
Distance 1-mile loop
Difficulty More difficult

Ridge Top Trail

This trail connects Club Run and Middle Ridge trails.
Distance .125-mile loop
Difficulty Easy

Middle Ridge Trail

This trail begins at Balsam Swamp Overlook. Its open meadows and forest edge provide a good location for birdwatching.
Distance 2.5-mile loop
Difficulty More difficult

Deer Run Trail

This self-guided, interpretive trail within the Wildlife Observation Area can be accessed at the Main Lodge or Campground.
Distance 1.5-mile segment
Difficulty More difficult

Abe Run Trail

Many “nursery trees” can be seen along this trail that forms a loop off the Deer Run Trail.
Distance .75-mile segment
Difficulty Easy

Mill Run Trail

This loop is an offshoot of Deer Run Trail and includes benches overlooking the wet meadow.
Distance 1-mile loop
Difficulty Easy
Download Park Pack & Map

Nearby Attractions

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:

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.

Photos

Find a Park

  • Activity
  • Region
  • Lodging