Area’s best


Our area calls out to so many: mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, fishermen, white water enthusiasts, skiers, nature lovers, golfers, weekend warriors or those who simply need to rest. There is something here for everyone.

Canaan Valley, nestled in the higher ranges of the Allegheny Mountains, is home to abundant scenery, wildlife and recreational opportunities. Ecologists and conservationists describe Canaan Valley as “a bit of Canada gone astray” … we simply call it home.

All of us here at Best Of Canaan are either lifetime or long-time residents of the area … and for so many reasons: We simply can’t imagine living anywhere else. We hope you will take a few minutes to indulge us as we share with you “a few of our favorite things.”

Come and experience Canaan Valley and the surrounding area for yourself. We promise you comfortable and affordable lodging with friendly service and personal attention. After your visit, please share your favorite places and photographs … we would love to hear about your Canaan Valley experience. Thanks for considering Best Of Canaan. We can’t wait for you to visit!

Blackwater Falls

Located in the Allegheny Mountains two miles southeast of Davis, Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose tannic acid-stained, amber colored water cascades 62 feet into the rugged Blackwater Canyon.

Canaan Valley Resort

Established in 1971 and located in the highest valley east of the Mississippi, Canaan Valley State Park is situated on 6,000 acres and contains the second-largest inland wetland area in the United States.

White Grass Touring Center

In the late 70’s three friends, Chip Chase, Winslow Ayers and Tom Preston were skiing and chanced upon an abandoned ski lodge. They acquired the property and opened White Grass Ski Touring Center, an expansive Nordic style facility.

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

Now part of the Monongahela National Forest and on a ridge crest that forms part of the Eastern Continental Divide, it is the highest plateau of its type east of the Mississippi.

Monongahela National Forest

Today the Monongahela National Forest’s federally owned land protects over 919,000 acres within a 1,700,000-acre proclamation boundary that includes much of the Potomac Highlands Region and portions of 10 counties.

Otter Creek Wilderness Area

Part of the Monongahela National Forest, Otter Creek Wilderness consists of 20,698 acres located in Tucker and Randolph counties. Elevations range from 1,800 to 3,900 feet with thick vegetation and a variety of wildlife.

Wildlife Refuge

National Wildlife Refuge

In 1974 in recognition of the valley’s extensive wetlands, wildlife and habitats, Canaan Valley was declared a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service. Today, this 500th National Wildlife Refuge has acquired 15,245 acres throughout Canaan Valley.

Downtown Davis, WV

Davis, known as the highest incorporated town in the state of West Virginia, has an elevation of 3,200 feet and an estimated population of 625. A mecca for bikers, hikers and boaters, it features unique restaurants and artsy shops.

Nearby Thomas, WV

Thomas claims a population of 427 residents, but the spirit of the community lives on. Visitors will find reminders of the town’s heyday in the diversity of family names and the impressive architecture created by Italian stonemasons.

Timberline Mountain

Newly renovated by new ownership and reopening for the 2020-2021 season, Timberline Mountain features 1,000 feet of vertical drop and terrain that appeals to a wide variety of skiers and snowboarders.

Blackwater Outdoor Center

Located just 30 minutes from Canaan Valley in St. George, WV, Blackwater Outdoor Center is THE place for water adventure. A family owned business with 35+ years of experience, they offer the opportunity to enjoy multiple water sports in beautiful mountain surroundings.

Area Breweries

Davis and Thomas are home to two outstanding breweries. Mountain State Brewing Company located in Thomas, WV offers seasonal kitchen offerings, brewery tours, a live music & event schedule and some of the freshest brews available.