DAVIS, W. Va., June 3, 2016 – Staying grounded is overrated, at least at Canaan Valley Resort, a state park resort in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. With three aerial activities, resort guests can experience a bird’s eye view of the lush valley below. And when it is time to return to the ground, visitors will find an array of other recreational activities.
Located 2½ hours from Washington, D.C. and within just a few hours of locations throughout the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, the four-season destination resort’s scenic chairlift, Eurobungy and rock-climbing wall are great ways for kids of all ages to experience the Canaan Valley State Park in all of its green glory.
“Putting your feet up on vacation is a timeless tradition, and at Canaan Valley Resort, we give it a different twist,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of the resort. “Many of our guests like to experience new things, and with the adrenaline kick of the Eurobungy, the challenge of the rock climbing wall and the breathtaking vistas that can be viewed from the scenic chairlift, there’s a little something for everyone.”
Drumheller noted that the weather throughout the summer is generally mild, sunny and pleasant, with temperatures running about 15 degrees cooler with much lower humidity than in the closest cities. “A trip to Canaan Valley is a great way to escape the summer-season heat that hits Washington, D.C. and other cities in the region,” he said.
Because all three aerial activities are highly regulated and the resort readily complies with all state and federal inspections and necessary safety checks, guests can be assured of a safe as well as fun adventure. The scenic chairlift, which shuttles skiers to the peaks during the winter and travelers up the mountain for hiking and sightseeing in the summer, recently completed a series of arduous inspections. Every piece of hardware, from bolts to platforms, have been inspected, tested and approved for use. There are also state-operated inspections and regulations for the Eurobungy, which includes two trampolines and a 25-foot climbing wall.
Traveling from a base of 3,100 to 4,280 feet above the 15-mile-long valley – the highest valley east of the Rocky Mountains – the scenic chairlift offers breathtaking views as far as 15 miles away. From the top of the chairlift, a clear day will reveal Spruce Knob, the tallest point in the state of West Virginia at 4,863 feet; the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge; Dolly Sods Wilderness Area; and Backbone Mountain, site of the state’s first fire tower and now home to energy-producing windmills. Wildlife are abundant in the region, and visitors could see deer, black bears, groundhogs, wild turkeys and skunks. The region is also home to numerous maple and ash trees, which produce spectacular foliage in the fall and a canopy of green leaves in the spring and summer.
From the top of the mountain, guests can also access the popular Bald Knob trail, a strenuous 2½-mile trail that winds to the east of the Canaan Valley Resort Ski Area. The trail ascends to the east of the ski area through meadows and open fields rich in wildlife, birds and wildflowers before descending back down to the base of the ski area. For travelers who just want to walk down the mountain, Canaan Valley Resort recommends following the Timber Trail, one of the most popular ski trails, which winds around the mountain gradually.
On most summer weekends, the resort transports an average of 500 people to the top of the mountain, and in the fall, as many as 700 guests per day ride the lift. The resort also transports numerous wedding guests to mountaintop wedding ceremonies, one of several popular wedding spots at the resort.
The 15-minute scenic chairlift ride costs $7 for adults 13 to 59, and $5 for children six to 12 and adults 60 and older. Group rates are also available.
Eurobungy and Climbing Wall
Located at the recreation center in the campground and cabin area of the park, the popular Eurobungy includes two gravity-defying trampolines and a 25-foot climbing wall, which allows up to four climbers at once so friends can race to see who can climb the wall first. Guests must weigh at least 45 pounds and no more than 200 pounds for these activities.
Guests who prefer to keep their feet on the ground will find many options too. Other activities include more than 18 miles of trails for hiking and biking in the park with bike rentals available at resort; 18-hole championship golf course; Turtle Slide Tube Ride, a downhill experience with an uphill tow rope; sporting clay shooting range; indoor and outdoor pools; geocaching; sport courts; games and crafts.
Canaan Valley Resort is located in north central West Virginia approximately three hours from Pittsburgh, 2½ hours from Washington, D.C. and 2¾ hours from Charleston, W.Va.