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Rail Trails in Canaan

Once veins feeding the heart of American industry, Tucker County’s dormant rails have been converted into managed trails. Visit the depot in Parsons for more information. Learn more at Canaan Valley online.

Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail

Once a thriving train line, hauling wood products and coal, this 21+ mile rail bed running from Parsons to Elkins is perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You will find parking areas and informational kiosks en-route during your journey. This trail meanders through woods and fields with National Forest trail heads intersecting along the way. A smooth ride!

Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail

Once a thriving rail line, this 10+ mile grade starts in Thomas and proceeds through the majestic Blackwater Canyon, ending in the community of Hendricks. En route, on foot or bike, see a section of coke ovens that have been restored, check the stonework under some of the bridges, and marvel at the grandeur of the Canyon.

TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS


Camp 70

Davis: 10 miles

This flat, easy ride takes you out to one of the most unique and beautiful spots in all of West Virginia—a sweeping view of the Canaan Valley.

Canaan Loop

Davis: 22.3 miles

This is the classic forest road ride in the Canaan Valley region. As you circle the top of Canaan Mountain, you get a good overview of what the area has to offer.

Dobbin House

Davis: 4 miles

Used for cross-country skiing in winter, the trail system, atop a reclaimed mine, offers plenty of room for exploration.

Mozark Mountain

Hendricks: 13.4 miles

If you are looking for a good, solid hill-climb near Canaan Valley, this is it. You’ll climb 2000 feet in almost seven miles to the top of Mozark Mountain on old forest roads.

Olson Tower

Thomas: 21.5 miles

At the top is a fantastic 360 degree view of all the mountains surrounding Canaan Valley.