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Visiting West Virginia

May 20, 2009

While we want to focus on Virginia trails on our site, we can’t resist occasionally sharing some of the hikes that West Virginia has to offer.  Many of West Virginia’s most beautiful hiking spots are just a couple hours drive away for many Virginians.  We’re really excited about having a full week to explore the Canaan Valley/Blackwater Falls area next week.  We have lots of hikes and bike rides planned (as long as the area’s notoriously mercurial weather behaves for us.)  We’ll probably make side trips to the Seneca Rocks, Dolly Sods and Deep Creek Lake areas while we’re there as well.

The entire area is rugged and pristine, with many waterfalls, high meadows, bogs, rushing streams and mountain views.  It’s a paradise for both outdoor activities and photography.

The area is beautiful and (mostly) untouched.

The area is beautiful and (mostly) untouched.

When visiting the area, Canaan Valley makes a great base for all your excursions.  There are cabins for rent, lodges at the state parks, a couple motels and loads of camping options.  Our family has had a unit at Black Bear Resort for over 20 years now, so we stay there for free.  We’ve also camped and stayed in the cabins at Canaan Valley Resort.

When you visit, don’t miss Sirianni’s Pizza (no website), Mountain State Brewing Company and breakfast at the Bright Morning Inn (mmm… banana walnut pancakes).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff Weeks permalink
    May 21, 2009 12:43 pm

    That’s a terrific poster you’ve made! You can take solace from the fact that West Virginia was part of VA until 1863, so you’re only-sorta going outside your geographical boundaries! 🙂 From my experience, Canaan Valley is also a great place to go on a group ski trip and start dating your future wife! Have a great week!


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