The tiny mountain town of Davis, perched on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest, is perfectly positioned to serve as a gateway to nature’s playground. Here, outdoor lovers come to hike, bike, camp, hunt and fish to their heart’s content. Two state parks and a ski resort complement the outdoorsy vibe of an area that appeals to everyone, from hardcore mountain bikers to those just looking to relax and get away from it all.
After an energetic day on the slopes, visitors can head into town to fuel up on a hearty meal at one of several popular local restaurants, but that’s not all this mountain town has to offer. Davis also is served by two craft breweries, a local foods grocery store and an artists’ co-op gallery. Just down the road, Davis’ “twin” town of Thomas offers even more dining, shopping and entertainment options. The only dilemma travelers will have here is where to eat and what to do first!
- Canaan Valley Resort State Park has overnight accommodations, dining, spa services and outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, biking and golf.
- Blackwater Falls State Park, known for its iconic namesake waterfall, has the longest sled run on the East Coast, as well as dining and overnight accommodations.
- The 17,371-acre Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest is known for its unique northern climate ecosystem and scenic views.
- The 8,500-acre Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge is the largest wetland complex in West Virginia.
- The Leaf Peepers Festival takes place in late September just when fall color typically peaks in the higher elevations.
- The Canaan Valley Birding Festival in June welcomes all levels of birders for lectures, workshops and nature walks.