Hiking in and around Canaan Valley is a popular outdoor activity for both locals and visitors, and there are several trails and state parks to fit everyone’s hiking needs. Dolly Sods Wilderness, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls State Park and National Wildlife Refuge are four of the most well-known spots to enjoy a scenic hike with your friends and family, and even your pets.
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Dolly Sods Wilderness, 17,371 acres of preservation, is known for its rocky plains and breathtaking scenery. Located in Tucker, Randolph, and Grant Counties of West Virginia, Dolly Sods Wilderness offers plenty of land to explore. Journey to waterfalls and pine plantations scattered throughout the preservation, or hike 50 miles of trails made up of logging roads and old railroad grades.
Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County is noted for it’s scenic beauty. A hiking trail begins behind the Discovery Center and provides an upward one and one-half mile climb involving many steps. Continuing on, hikers cross a trail bridge over a river and taken through forests, and ends at a platform for individuals to take in the view. It’s a unique trail that’s worth the climb!
Blackwater Falls State Park
As soon as guests arrive at Blackwater Falls State Park, signs will guide them to Blackwater Falls where they will find more than 200 stairs leading to an observation deck and providing them with a close-up look of the Falls. Enjoy the warm weather and hike trails that stretch over 20 miles of land with nature’s beauty around every turn.
National Wildlife Refuge
The nation’s 500th refuge dedicated in 1994, National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 16,225 acres managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Visitors can enjoy interpretive hikes, including 31 miles of relaxing, year-round trails.