Dave V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2020

A State Park for all Seasons

Campground Review: Canaan Valley State Park and Resort, Davis, West Virginia

The Canaan Valley State Park and Resort is situated in a very popular outdoor activity area...for every season. Winter brings copious snowfall and the skiing here draws thousands...downhill and XC. The summer sees backpackers, hikers, mountain bikers, gravel grinders, car-campers and RVers. Not only do you have hiking trails here on the State Park can drive up to the nearby Dolly Sods Wilderness Area for camping, day-hikes or multi-day backcountry trips; Blackwater Falls (10 miles north) offers memorable falls, great hikes with long gorge views (Lindy Point a favorite). Even Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob are only 30 minutes or so away. Possibilities are endless in this neck of the woods. This very weekend was to be the Mountainbike Festival, but due to Covid-19, well you know the rest of that story. The Abe Run Trail was a pleasant trail leaving from the campground.

The campground portion is not expansive but 34 sites are situated in three small loops (see photo of campground map). Primitive tent sites don't have water or electric and parking is roadside but you are within 100 yards of the "Comfort Station." The three "tent only" sites have only been around for a couple years...but sites 1 and 2 are in a nice grassy area away from the RV loop 2. Always verify current rates, but June 18, 2020...mid $30's nightly for nonresidents (WV residents get 30% off). Primitive tent sites were $17 a night.

The Resort Lodge, Golf course, swimming pool and a covered ice skating rink (obviously the last three mentioned being seasonal) were further up the windy park roadway. (See rates on park website).

The campground "Comfort Station," is a restroom/shower/laundry and soda machine building. The gender specific restroom/shower rooms each have two wooden stalled modern facility stools, two shower stalls (men's are separated by a shower curtain, women's by a wall); a separate unisex ADA restroom/shower sits adjacent to the men's and appears newer.

The grounds are well-maintained and manicured as are all WV State Parks. Trails are scattered throughout the park. some are foot traffic only, others permit bicycles. The Back Hollow Trail was predominantly a mown grass trail but occasional wooded sections were rocky two-track. This is Wet Virginia, so expect to experience rain and bring foul weather gear in the summer months. I have mastered the fine art of campsite tarping due to West Virginia camping. It also still gets chilly in these mountains during the early summer months.

Deer meander through the primitive tent sites with their fawns each morning and evening. A kid's playground is situated beside (separated by a field) primitive tent sites 1 & 2.

We spent three days in June and experienced afternoon rain showers daily, but arranged our hikes and bikes around them.

  • Campground office/store
  • Primitive tent site 1
  • Primitive tent Site 2 in background left
  • Primitive tent sites are a short walk from roadside parking
  • View to the roadside parking...
  • When it’s not raining, the WV weather is enjoyable
  • Park entrance sign
  • Wet Virginia
  • That small swale puddle grows with every rain
  • Campground site map
  • View of RV sites
  • Comfort Station
  • Comfort station/restrooms/showers/laundry/vending machine
  • Lots of virus warnings
  • Men’s restroom
  • Men’s showers
  • View of primitive tent site 1 from Comfort station
  • Tarring up for rain...
  • ADA restroom/shower
  • Multi-use trail
  • Locals looking on
  • Wooded portion of multi-use trail
  • View of Resort in background right, ice skating rink in background center and swimming pool center background left
  • Bmx Pump track
  • Local resident
  • State park roadway toward Golf course
  • Golf course pro shop
  • Golf course
  • Signage present, but if on foot or bike...keep a park map with you
  • Resort area
  • State Park trail map
  • Momma and twins
  • Nearby Lindy Point at Blackwater Falls SP
  • Nearby Lindy Point long valley views
  • Blackwater Falls
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  • Davis, WV  roughly 10 miles north...head to this cafe for some great pizza
  • Abe Run Trail in Canaan Valley SP
  • Looks like the bears have found a good scrape
  • Ground cover line this grows best with heavy rains
  • Dark, damp conditions
  • Cool fungi
  • State park trail markers
  • Lush and soggy
  • Nearby Seneca Rocks
  • Tons of interesting local history that impacted the world
  • Nearby Seneca Rocks
  • Nearby Spruce Knob, WV highest elevation
  • Long views
  • Campground trail marker
SitePrimitive Tent Site 1

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