A shot of Blackwater Falls, one of the lovely West Virginia state parks

Explore West Virginia State Parks & Forests

West Virginia’s Tucker County is teeming with so much gorgeous natural beauty and corresponding attractions. Located in the heart of Canaan Valley, Best of Canaan is your premier vacation rental and real estate destination in all of Canaan Valley. We are experts on what our area has to offer, from mountain biking to rafting—there is something for everyone! 

Our team is dedicated to helping you and yours have the best experience in West Virginia. Today, we’ll explore the beautiful state parks and forests that are conveniently located near our vacation and real estate properties.

Blackwater Falls State Park 

This Tucker County, West Virginia, state park is home to some of the most beautiful and photographed locations in all of the state! We highly recommend you bring a camera during your trek through the gorgeous park. Some must-see areas include the park’s namesake Blackwater Falls, Elakala Falls, Lindy Point, and Pendleton Point Overlook. Blackwater Falls’ amber waters are a result of tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. In addition to taking some amazing Insta-worthy photos, you can enjoy swimming, fishing, and so much more. It is truly a West Virginia gem that all must visit during their lives. 

Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Located in the Allegheny Mountains, this West Virginia state park is a great four-season destination. It is also one of West Virginia’s largest state parks. You can head to the resort’s golf course and tee off while surrounded by the unparalleled Canaan Valley outdoors. Grab your friends and family and travel the many hiking/biking trails. They also offer a scenic lift with some of the best aerial views of West Virginia—the bird’s eye view! If you stay with Best of Canaan during the winter months, make sure you hit the park’s top-tier ski slopes. 

Monongahela National Forest

This lush forest spans nearly a million acres and encompasses one of America’s most diverse ecological regions. It is a great place to learn about West Virginia’s native flora and fauna! Eight types of endangered animals live in the forest and there are over 75 kinds of trees. Gather the necessary tools and go on a backpacking expedition or simply visit the many scenic vistas dotting the forest. It’s also a working forest that provides timber, water, grazing, minerals, and more to the surrounding area and afar. If you are looking for a nice socially distanced activity, go for a neat drive through the paved forest paths.