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October 19, 2017

Davis WV: Things to do while you are in Canaan Valley

Posted by: Brent Markwood

Davis WV: Things to do while you are in Canaan Valley
  1. Drive to Dolly Sods and walk out on Bear Rocks at end of road.
  2. Take Canaan Loop Road off RT 32 to the one mile Table Rock trail and hike it.
  3. Go cranberry picking in the fall and blueberry picking in the summer. Look for morel mushrooms and wild ramps in the spring.
  4. Take hike on the Wildlife Refuge. Take RT 32 S to Cortland Road, turn left. Follow Cortland until sign for narrow bridge. Take left on gravel road to parking lot.
  5. Drive to Seneca Rocks and climb to top. Take RT 32 S to Harman, take 33 E to Seneca Rocks. Have lunch at the Front Porch Restaurant above Harper’s Country Store.
  6. Go to Oakland, MD on Saturday for the farm fresh market downtown. Market opens at 10 a.m. during the growing season. Have lunch at the old soda fountain at Englander’s.
  7. Drive to Cathedral State Park and see the old growth hemlock trees. Take 32 N to 219 N in Thomas. Follow 219 until it forks. Take left fork onto 42 and follow to Rt. 50. Take a left onto 50; the park is less than a mile on the right. Eat at Melanie’s country restaurant on Rt. 50.
  8. Take the chair lift ride at Canaan Valley State Park or Timberline Resort. Especially beautiful in early October.
  9. Take a horseback ride to the top of the mountain from Mountain Trail Rides on Freeland Rd.
  10. Take a hike in Canaan Valley State Park. Middle Ridge trail is a nice one.
  11. Go to Lindy Point at Blackwater Falls state park. Drive toward lodge. Pass the lodge and keep going straight until the road turns gravel. Park at the small parking lot there and hike the trail to overlook (to the right of the parking lot). Back at the car, keep walking out gravel road (away from Lodge) and cool your feet in Lindy Run (beautiful little creek).
  12. Go fishing or boating at Pendeleton Lake at Blackwater Falls State Park.
  13. Take a train ride. The Potomac Eagle in Romney takes you through the spectacular Trough of the Potomac River. You might even see bald eagles! The New Tygart Flier leaves from Elkins and features the popular Polar Express rides for kids at Christmas. The Visitors Center in Davis has schedules.
  14. Stroll downtown Thomas (2 miles north) and visit the galleries and antique shops. Stop into TipTop coffee for a homemade pastry and warm drink.
  15. Go on a brewery crawl. Tucker county has three breweries and they’re all right here. Visit Blackwater Brewing and Stumptown in Davis, or Mountain State Brewery in Thomas.
  16. Eat at the Farm Up Truck, which parks in downtown Davis most Friday nights, near Stumptown brewery.
  17. Go to a show at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas. Have a meal and brew then catch the 8:30 show on weekends and many weeknights too.
  18. Climb to the highest point in Maryland, about 6 miles north of the inn off of Rt. 219.
  19. Get a take out pizza from Siriannis and watch the people go by while you eat it at the Inn’s picnic tables.
  20. Check out the Visitor’s Center at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. They offer many fine exhibits about the area and an interesting 10 minute film about the history of the Canaan Valley.
  21. Start your adventure with a fine country breakfast at the Bright Morning Inn’s restaurant. We only serve breakfast and only from 7:30 to 11:00, and overnight guests eat FREE!

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