Davis, WV – The final 2014 Walk Between the Parks is scheduled for Saturday, October 4 between Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. The 8-mile / 4-hour scenic hike is considered moderately strenuous and this time of year, allows hikers to enjoy iconic fall foliage up-close-and-personal.
The season finale hike includes a cookout lunch at the halfway point along the trail. The menu consists of hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, fresh fruit, cookies and cold/hot drinks. Supplies for lunch are brought in for the cookout, but hikers should carry their own water and snacks. Hikers will encounter wet and rocky terrain and are encouraged to wear hiking boots or cross-country walking shoes and carry their own water and snacks.
“I’ve been leading these hikes since 2006,” remarks Recreation Manager David Vance, “and I can honestly say that each hike offers something new. But it’s the fellowship you experience on these hikes that keep people coming back year after year.”
Shuttle service will leave the Main Lodge of Canaan Valley Resort State Park at 9:00 and take hikers to the starting point at Blackwater State Park or you may opt to meet the hikers at the Blackwater Falls State Park Farm Discovery Center at 10:00 am. The shuttle will return to Blackwater Falls State Park between 2pm and 5pm to return hikers originating from Canaan Valley Resort.
Registration is required for this event and the fee is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. You may register online anytime or in-person Saturday morning from 7 am to 8:30 am. Because of its popularity, pre-registration is recommended for this event. The registration fee includes an event memento, cookout and shuttle service from Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a four-season mountain destination and the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. Nestled among 6,000+ acres on a plateau overlooking the valley, the resort offers sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. The newly renovated Main Lodge boasts 160 new guestrooms and has recently been awarded a three-star rating by AAA. In addition to the lodge rooms, the resort offers 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites, and over 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall, and an outdoor pavilion. Visit the resort website at www.canaanresort.com or for further information, call 800-622-4121.