Canaan Valley is an oval, bowl-like upland valley in northeastern Tucker County, West Virginia, USA. Within it are extensive wetlands and the headwaters of the Blackwater River which spills out of the valley at Blackwater Falls. It is a well-known and partially undeveloped scenic attraction and tourist draw, associated with the Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the Blackwater Falls State Park.Make Canaan Valley Resort State Park a part of your Davis vacation plans using our Davis day trip planning website.
Canaan Valley was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The National Park Service citation indicates that the Valley is "a splendid 'museum' of Pleistocene habitats... contain... an aggregation of these habitats seldom found in the eastern United States. It is unique as a northern boreal relict community at this latitude by virtue of its size, elevation and diversity." Since 1994, almost 70% of the Valley has become the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's 500th National Wildlife Refuge.
The local pronunciation of "Canaan" is, rather than the conventional for the Biblical region from which the area takes its name.
The Valley, nestled among the higher ranges of the Allegheny Mountains, is about 13mi long and 3mi to 5mi wide. It is defined by Canaan Mountain to the west and Cabin Mountain to the east. The Valley encompasses approximately 25,000 acres (although the greater Valley ecosystem is sometimes considered to consist of about 36,000 acres). The average valley floor elevation is 3200ft above sea level, making it the highest sizable valley east of the Mississippi River. The surrounding mountains extend upward an additional 1250ft to 4,450 ft. (1,356 m) at the summit of Weiss Knob on the southeastern rim of the valley.
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You must make a reservation online first. We had a great time shooting clay pigeons. You can pick your spot-throws from the right, left, or overhead. They provide 12 gauge Brownings, over/unders...
You must make a reservation online first. We had a great time shooting clay pigeons. You can pick your spot-throws from the right, left, or overhead. They provide 12 gauge Brownings, over/unders... more »
Excellent resort. It has been recently renovated top to bottom. Our room had brand new paint , carpets etc. The location is AMAZING!!! wow!!! Beautiful grounds landscaping and trails. Staff is...
Excellent resort. It has been recently renovated top to bottom. Our room had brand new paint , carpets etc. The location is AMAZING!!! wow!!! Beautiful grounds landscaping and trails. Staff is... more »
The gift shop is an annual stop for us when in the area spotting deer!
I love Canaan Valley, the park is always a treasure however the hotel seems to be a bit short staffed right now with several key amenities closed such as the outdoor pool as well as restaurants closing early. This could be due to the “season” but in my opinion if everything were opened as is during peak season, it would attract even more travelers and tourists. This always has a special place in my heart and the staff that is there are extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was also lovely with a beautiful view. The beautiful nature and surroundings are absolutely stunning.
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