Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike and Ski Trail I

Davis, West Virginia 26260

Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike and Ski Trail I

Canaan/Blackwater Cross-Country Hike & Ski Trail I Professional Review and Guide

"Climbing up Canaan Mountain to its broad, spruce-sprinkled summit, this rugged rail-trail explores a less traveled route, virtually assuring glimpses of wildlife: white-tailed deer, grouse, wild turkeys, even black bears. It’s beautiful year-round, but there’s something magical about winter, when snow transforms the landscape into a glistening wonderland, ideal for cross-country skiing.

Climbing from Canaan Valley to Canaan Mountain’s plateau summit, this forested rail-trail brings you to beautiful upland bogs, where russet grasses wave in gentle breezes, tangles of rhododendron bloom bright in spring, red spruce and hemlock tower upward, and slow-moving, crystal-clear creeks reflect an enormous blue sky.

As rail-trails go, this one is steeper than most, but the climb up Canaan Mountain is gradual, with only a couple of steep segments. Bikers will find the trail technical with its rocks, roots, and logs."

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Trail Information

Davis
Nearby City
3.8
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Surface
Difficult
Skill Level
Open year round
Season
Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center
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