Featuring outdoor live music, scenic sunset chairlift rides and weekend guided nature hikes, Canaan Valley Resort is the perfect outdoor adventure basecamp to explore and enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the highest mountain valley in the eastern United States.
“Join us for live music every Friday evening, take in the expansive valley views on a scenic sunset chairlift ride, and immerse yourself in our natural playground on a guided nature hike on weekends throughout the summer,” said Sam England, Canaan Valley Resort general manager.
Occurring outdoors on the Quencher’s Plaza, slope side at the ski area, and free to the public, Canaan Valley Resort’s Mountainside Music Series features live music from 6-9pm every Friday evening throughout the summer (5/28-9/3). Pub fare, as well as local craft brews, are available for purchase at Quencher’s Pub.
Musical acts scheduled to perform in June include the Halftime String Band (6/4), the Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band (6/11), the Sodapop Gypsies Band (6/18); and Three’s Company Blues (6/25). For the full lineup and schedule of summer musical acts, click here.
Rising nearly 1,000 feet from the base of the ski area and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and mountains, guests can also choose to enjoy a scenic sunset chairlift ride. Prices ranges from $5-$8 per individual, based on age. Chairlift rides are also available daily throughout the week and guests can choose to ride both up and back down the mountain on the lift or get off at the top of the mountain and hike the beautiful, two-mile Bald Knob Trail back to the ski area.
Canaan Valley Resort will also host multiple guided hikes on Saturdays throughout the summer and fall covering terrain within Canaan Valley State Park and across different portions of Tucker County. The lineup includes:
Blackbird Knob Hike, June 5 & Aug. 21– The acclaimed Blackbird Knob trail offers a challenging six-mile hike that rewards hikers with high mountain meadows and spectacular views. The hike includes rough terrain and water crossings and is not recommended for young children.
Moon Rocks Hike, June 26, Sept. 25 – The Moon Rock Trail, located beside the Blackwater River near Davis, WV, features massive formations of “moon rock” sandstone bedrock some 480 million years old as well as wetland areas that give way to areas of hardwoods. Following the hike, participants will enjoy scheduled stops at local breweries.
Mid-Summer Walk Between the Parks Hike, July 10, Aug. 7 – The Walk Between the Parks hike is an eight-mile, moderately strenuous hike between Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Parks.
Edible Plants Hike, July 17, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 4 – This two-hour hike through trails, fields and forests of Canaan Valley State Park will introduce participants to techniques for finding wild plants that are safe to eat. Hikers will also learn how to use trees and plants to build fires, create shelter and for other survival purposes.
Geology Rocks Hike, July 22-23 – Presented by the WV Geological Survey, the Geology Rocks hike explores geology, topography and more with a hike along Blackwater River Trails. There is also an evening program in the lodge that explores the mysteries of rock and its uses throughout history.
Douglas Falls/Blackwater Canyon Hike, Sept. 11 – The 10-mile Douglas Falls/Blackwater Canyon Hike is an easy hike that passes a variety of interesting, rural sites including abandoned coke ovens reflecting the region’s coal mining heritage as well as canyons, a lush hardwood forest and the North Fork of the Blackwater River.
Wild Walks Weekend, Oct 2 – The guided hike series concludes with the Wild Walks Weekend, a fall favorite featuring an eight-mile walk between Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Parks, among other activities.
For more information about the guided hike series call (304) 866-2215.
Canaan Valley Resort is a four seasons destination with a wide array of adventures and a variety of guest rooms and cabins. On-site activities include an 18-hole championship golf course, scenic chairlift rides, sporting clay shooting range, hiking and biking trails, bike rentals, miniature golf, Euro-bungy/climbing wall, and indoor/outdoor pools.
Canaan Valley Resort is situated in northeast West Virginia approximately 2½ hours from Washington, D.C., three hours from Pittsburgh and 2¾ hours from Charleston, W.Va.
Guest room reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-622-4121.
Canaan Valley Resort is owned by the state of West Virginia and managed by Sioux Falls, S.D.-based U.S. Hotels and Resort Management, Inc., which operates hotels, resorts, state park lodges, golf courses and restaurants in 13 states throughout the West and Midwest.
For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-622-4121. Travelers can connect with Canaan Valley Resort on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and by signing up for special email offers and a blog.