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Plan Your Trip

How will you get Tucker’d in Tucker County, West Virginia? Whether you thrive on adrenaline or are more laid back, Tucker County has endless ways to make the most of this high-mountain paradise and its cool mountain vibes. Each of the four changing seasons brings with it a distinctive and transformed Tucker landscape, so a visit here is never exactly the same experience twice.

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Want to take in some amazing views? 

Go for a scenic autumn chairlift ride at Canaan Valley Resort. The views of the valley, surrounding mountains and fall foliage are breathtaking, especially from an elevation of 4,280 feet. The bird’s eye views from the chairlift make the already-stunning sights truly over-the-top beautiful. Ride the lift back down or hike the two miles to basecamp. Either way, you’ll be immersed in some of the most explosive fall colors the east has to offer.

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Keep the views coming with a visit to the falls at Blackwater Falls State Park.

While there are plenty of serene and quiet places to admire nature in Tucker County, the thunderous Blackwater Falls are anything but quiet. Seeing, hearing and feeling the Blackwater River crash six stories over the falls into the natural pool 62 feet below is a rush all its own. Enjoy the Falls from the impressive boardwalk, or take a more challenging trail for a different perspective.

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Want a more hands-on approach to enjoying the Blackwater Canyon? 

Grab your bike (or rent one at a local outfitter) and hit the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail. This 10-mile, reclaimed rail line starts in the charming small town of Thomas and proceeds through the majestic Blackwater Canyon. The grandeur of the canyon is awe-inspiring, while other notable features include historic coke ovens, unique bridges with interesting stonework and abundant wildlife.

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Get an entirely different perspective on the Tucker countryside 

When you explore the rugged beauty of Canaan Valley by horseback. Mountain Trail Rides in Davis is a full-service stable offering riding lessons, riding camps in summer and even sleigh rides in winter. Trained horses and experienced guides will have you in the saddle and on the trail in no time.

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For a low-key, high-fun activity with spectacular views the entire family will love,

play a round at Chip Shots Footgolf in Dryfork, where golf meets soccer. Footgolf is similar to golf, but instead of a club and golf ball, you kick a soccer ball into a 21” hole. No experience is necessary. Just be ready to have fun and get your kick on!

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Spend some time on the water

and go rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing or even standup paddleboarding with Blackwater Outdoor Adventures in Parsons. The magnificent Cheat River offers everything from rushing whitewater excitement to gentle pools perfect for peaceful reflection. The closest outfitter to Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Park, Blackwater Outdoor Adventures has 35 years of experience helping explorers of all ages enjoy their time on the water.

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Directions

From Baltimore, MD / Wilmington, DE

I-70 W to Hancock, MD. At Hancock, take I-68 W to Cumberland, MD. At Cumberland, take 220 S (Greene Street Exit) through Keyser, WV until it intersects with Rt. 50 at New Creek. Stay on Rt. 50 only a short distance until it junctions with Rt 93 W. Follow Rt. 93 W to Davis. At Davis, pick up Rt. 32 S to Canaan Valley.

From Northern VA / Metro Washington DC

Follow I-66 West to I-81 South, Exit I-81 at US 48/VA55 (Exit #296) and follow west to Wardensville, WV. In Wardensville, US 48 becomes 4 lanes. Follow US 48 West until it ends. Turn left on Rt. 93 West following 93 to Davis, WV. (US 48 will be opening new sections through 2015, so stay on it until it ends!)

From Charlottesville / Richmond / Tidewater Region

Take I-64 W to I-81 N. Stay on I-81 N to Harrisonburg VA. At Harrisonburg, follow Rt. 33 W to Harman, WV. At Harman, take Rt. 32 N to Canaan Valley. Alternate route: stay on I-81N past Harrisonburg,VA.  Take exit #257 Route 259 W to Baker, WV. In Baker, WV take US 48 W until it ends. Turn left on Rt. 93 West to Davis, WV. (US 48 will be opening new sections through 2015, so stay on it until it ends!)

From Pittsburgh, PA / Cleveland, OH

Take I-79 S to Morgantown, WV. From Morgantown, take I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 S until it intersects with Rt. 219 S at McHenry, MD. Stay on Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Canaan Valley.

From Columbus, OH / Parkersburg, WV

Follow Rt. 33 East to Rt. 50 East out of Parkersburg, WV to Clarksburg, WV. From Clarksburg take I-79 South to Exit 99. Follow Rt. 33 East through Elkins WV to Harman, WV turning left on Rt. 32 north to Canaan Valley.

From The SW Virginia / The Carolinas / Points South

I-77 North to Beckley, WV to Rt. 19 North to I-79 North to Exit 99. Follow Rt. 33 East through Elkins WV to Harman, WV turning left on Rt. 32 north to Canaan Valley.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rural nature of this destination, many GPS and internet mapping programs can be ineffective or inaccurate. Prior to travel and during your trip, please consult and have with you a current road map.