Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike and Ski Trail II Davis Trail

Davis, West Virginia

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Curtained by green rhododendrons and mountain laurel, this short trail travels most of its length beside a chattering, stone-speckled stream. The first half mile is nearly flat, then begins a gradual climb up Canaan Mountain. Water in the trail is frequent here; hiking boots are recommended. Running through pretty rhododendron woods, Engine Run stream is named for a narrow-gauge engine that, according to local lore, once tumbled into it. Now the stream is the hallmark of this beautiful rail-trail, an easy mountain path ambling up Canaan Mountain in Blackwater Falls State Park and Monongahela National Forest. It’s great for hikers and bikers both, although bikers should have a bit of technical expertise to negotiate the roots and rocks that speckle the trail.
Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

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Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

by Barbara A. Noe (The Globe Pequot Press)

Curtained by green rhododendrons and mountain laurel, this short trail travels most of its length beside a chattering, stone-speckled stream.

The first half mile is nearly flat, then begins a gradual climb up Canaan Mountain. Water in the trail is frequent here; hiking boots are recommended.

Running through pretty rhododendron woods, Engine Run stream is named for a narrow-gauge engine that, according to local lore, once tumbled into it. Now the stream is the hallmark of this beautiful rail-trail, an easy mountain path ambling up Canaan Mountain in Blackwater Falls State Park and Monongahela National Forest. It’s great for hikers and bikers both, although bikers should have a bit of technical expertise to negotiate the roots and rocks that speckle the trail.

© 2000 Barbara A. Noe/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Trail Running
Nearby City: Davis
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
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Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Open year round
Local Contacts: Blackwater Falls State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike & Ski Trail II (Davis Trail)

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