Ready to substitute noisy city surroundings for quiet, lush country landscapes? Fall is a great time to venture outdoors when the weather is mild and the leaves display their colorful hues. Plan your autumn escape, and treat yourself to the beauty of nature’s golden season!
Ready for a quick road trip or weekend away? Look no further than Canaan Valley Resort State Park in West Virginia. While a ski town in winter, during autumn, the Park is an outdoor mecca. Catch a fall festival, browse local establishments, or partake in planned outdoor activities. And with a new highway from D.C. to Canaan Valley, you can drive here in about 2.5 hours.
Plan your trip to Canaan Valley, West Virginia to coincide with an upcoming event or to take advantage of the area’s adventures.
80th Mountain State Forest Festival: Oct. 1-9
A short 40-minute drive from Canaan Valley, you’ll happen upon the location of the Mountain State Forest Festival. There is something for everyone here, as you’ll get a range of music from gospel to cappella, exhibits, rides, and contests. Challenge your inner outdoorsman or outdoorswoman by entering the lumberjack contest, take a group hike, or attend one of the many musical performances happening throughout the week.
Mountain State Brewing Company: Various dates in fall
Whether you’re looking for a tasty brew or a place to chill and listen to music, Mountain State Brewing Company offers the best of both worlds. Visit one of the oldest microbreweries and taprooms in the state. Saturday performances are usually free, and on Sundays, you can win prizes during afternoon Bingo. Having a beer in hand at all times is encouraged.
The Purple Fiddle: Various dates in fall
This quaint café serves up tantalizing wraps, sandwiches, and brews, but they’re famous in the area for their stage. Nationally touring and regional performers make their way to this venue, so you can get up close and personal. It’s a unique space that attracts creative types.
Mountain Trail Rides: Various dates in fall
There is no better time than fall to go horseback riding. The great folks at Mountain Trail Rides make it easy to go for an hour or an entire day, and they’re right in Canaan Valley. Their gorgeous horses are friendly and will make any rider feel comfortable. Get ready to take in the amazing views and natural surroundings on the riding trails.
NRocks Outdoor Adventures: Full Moon Rock Climbing: Oct. 16 & Nov. 14
If you’re an avid rock climber, take advantage of this one-of-a-kind experience. Make plans to take a guided climb on the Via Ferrata under the light of the full moon. (Note: If you plan on signing up, plan a daytime climb on the Via Ferrata first, as experience in the area is required.)
Fall Scrapbook Retreat: Nov 10-13
Be inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds Canaan Valley Resort State Park as you put your creativity to work for a weekend of scrapbooking. The theme is the Awesome 80s, and instructors and supply vendors will be onsite at the resort for your convenience.
Ready to experience autumn in West Virginia?
Plan your road trip or weekend getaway to Canaan Valley Resort. Learn more about joining us in the mountains this fall.