Experiences for All Ages in Canaan Valley

Sep 15, 2018

Once your family arrives in Canaan Valley for a long weekend or special escape, there are many activities to keep the entire group busy. While there is something for everyone in West Virginia, we have listed some especially awesome activities by age group for your next family getaway.

Adult(s) + Ages 0-4

For the infants and toddlers, the family can easily go on a hiking adventure. Grab a backpack hiking carrier or a rugged jogging stroller and take in the sights along an 18-mile network of trails. Each of the trails are of a varying difficulty so you can enjoy the beauty of wild and wonderful West Virginia at your own pace. Don’t forget to stop at the Blackwater Falls overlook! Did you know that it’s the tannic acid of hemlock and red spruce tree needles that tints the water of the falls its notoriously dark hue?

Just down from the falls, take in Blackwater Canyon. This half-mile wide ravine is awe-inspiring and you can see for yourself why it is one of West Virginia’s most photographed sites. There are multiple trail options to lead you to this breathtaking natural attraction.

When the kids (and adults) get worn out, head back to your rental retreat to re-energize with an afternoon cat-nap. Share some fruit snacks, recline on the leather sofa and let the youngest get in some tummy time in your own spacious family room.

Adult(s) + Ages 5-9

For families with kids ages five to nine, there are so many options! Are you feeling froggy? Challenge each other to see who can jump the highest on the Eurobungy (a bungee-jumping simulator). If you’re not feeling quite as bouncy, you can try the climbing wall that allows up to 3 climbers at a time.

Climbing and jumping can zap your energy so recoup in the eight-person hot tub. Just steps from the main level on the deck, it’s the perfect way to soak those tired arms and legs. If the kids aren’t quite ready for the day to end, let them run and play behind the house in the backyard catching lightning bugs.

Having an entire house all to yourself also means that there isn’t a better opportunity to make grandma’s mostly famous chocolate chip cookies for a special dessert.

Adult(s) + Tween/14+

Are your kids ages ten to fourteen years old? Remind them that slow and steady may typically win the race, but not on a special Canaan slide! Zip down the Turtle Slide Tube Ride and enjoy a quick ride as a tow rope pulls you back to the top of the hill. For those youngsters who aren’t quite as adventurous, Canaan Valley is an excellent bird-watching mecca. Coming up in a few weeks (late May) is the official Canaan Valley Birding Festival. This small festival provides participants quality time with volunteer leaders who help birders of all ages find the birds on their life lists.

A washer and dryer located in the utility room of your cabin come in handy for cleaning up those muddy biking clothes and drying out wet ski gloves and hats. While you wait, gather around to watch the newest movie release on a large flat screen television.

In a vacation home, take advantage of a personal game room. Let pap and dad explain the pool table rules to the younger generation well into the night.

Adult(s) + Young Adults/Everyone

For the older ones and the kids at heart, set out on a hunt for some prizes. Geocache prizes, that is. Bring your GPS to find various hidden treasures in old ammo cans, Tupperware containers or PVC pipes. Find the clues on www.geocaching.com and don’t forget to sign the logbook when you find a cache!

These Canaan mountains are also the perfect spot for bike riders of all levels. The Canaan Valley Mountain Bike festival is in mid-June where there will be a variety of group rides, skills clinics and more. You don’t have to be a professional rider to have a ton of fun on these hills and trails. And, one of the coolest parts of the weekend event is making the connections with other outdoor adventurers.

If you get hungry from all the prize hunts and riding, grab a growler from a local brewery and head “home” to your rental. A spacious and well-appointed kitchen is available to make a family dinner. You know the kind: everyone-sitting-around-the-table-sis-will-you-pass-the-gravy-laugh-until-you-cry-stay-there-talking-until-the-leftovers-get-cold-smile-when-you-think-back-to-it kind of family dinner.

Ah, family memories!

Bear Brook Thumbnail Image      Starting at $165.00      

Bear Brook

By The Brook Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      

By The Brook

Chalet Thumbnail Image      Starting at $165.00      


Evergreen Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      

Evergreen Cabin

Lakeside Refuge Thumbnail Image      Starting at $550.00      

Lakeside Refuge

Mirror Lake Inn Thumbnail Image      Starting at $335.00      

Mirror Lake Inn

Mountainaire Thumbnail Image      Starting at $239.00      


Mountaineer Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      


Northwoods F8, Bear Foot Inn Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Northwoods F8, Bear Foot Inn

Orsinger's Barn Thumbnail Image      Starting at $349.00      

Orsinger's Barn

Silver Fox Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Silver Fox

Spruce Haven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $219.00      

Spruce Haven

Uncle Wade's Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $265.00      

Uncle Wade's Cabin

Valley Splendor Thumbnail Image      Starting at $189.00      

Valley Splendor

Valley View Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Valley View

Cardinal Crest Thumbnail Image      Starting at $189.00      

Cardinal Crest

Cardinal Haus Thumbnail Image      Starting at $189.00      

Cardinal Haus

Winterset 19, Sara's Side Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      

Winterset 19, Sara's Side

Aspen Knoll 6, Mountain Serenity Thumbnail Image      Starting at $299.00      

Aspen Knoll 6, Mountain Serenity

Deerfield Village 078, Mountaineers Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Deerfield Village 078, Mountaineers

Deerfield Village 079, D'Bears Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Deerfield Village 079, D'Bears

Northface 17, Abundant Blessings Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Northface 17, Abundant Blessings

Ole Fezziwig's Thumbnail Image      Starting at $220.00      

Ole Fezziwig's

Northface 35, Stowaway Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Northface 35, Stowaway

Northwoods B6, The Basebox Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Northwoods B6, The Basebox

SS16, Larkwood Lodge Thumbnail Image      Starting at $299.00      

SS16, Larkwood Lodge

Tiny Peace of Zen Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Tiny Peace of Zen

Winterhaven 69, Appause Wetu Thumbnail Image      Starting at $299.00      

Winterhaven 69, Appause Wetu

Wildlife Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      


WoodHaven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      


Deerfield Village 41, Eagle's Retreat Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Deerfield Village 41, Eagle's Retreat

Styxneste Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      


Deerfield Village 109, Red Spruce Retreat Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Deerfield Village 109, Red Spruce Retreat

Almost Heaven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $220.00      

Almost Heaven

Eagle's Nest Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Eagle's Nest

Blackwater Punch, Herzwood D204 Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Blackwater Punch, Herzwood D204

Timberbrook Thumbnail Image      Starting at $229.00      


Beaver's Den Thumbnail Image      Starting at $139.00      

Beaver's Den

Casa Sierra Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Casa Sierra

Das Marchenhaus Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Das Marchenhaus

Deer Creek Cottage Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Deer Creek Cottage

Red Door Roost Thumbnail Image      Starting at $169.00      

Red Door Roost

Snow Oaks Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Snow Oaks

THISISIT Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      


Zen Too Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Zen Too

Alpine Vista Thumbnail Image      Starting at $199.00      

Alpine Vista

Happy Cow Hideaway Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Happy Cow Hideaway

Hickory House Thumbnail Image      Starting at $549.00      

Hickory House

Salty Peaks Thumbnail Image      Starting at $149.00      

Salty Peaks

Birch Haven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Birch Haven

Mountain Glory Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $350.00      

Mountain Glory Cabin

Leaf Peeper's Chalet Thumbnail Image      Starting at $280.00      

Leaf Peeper's Chalet

Driftland Cabin Thumbnail Image      Starting at $250.00      

Driftland Cabin

Snow Oaks Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Snow Oaks

Silver Fox Thumbnail Image      Starting at $179.00      

Silver Fox

Birch Haven Thumbnail Image      Starting at $159.00      

Birch Haven