The Nature Center


The Nature Center at Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Your headquarters for all things related to nature and outdoor recreation! We provide information on things to do while you are staying at the park, along with other activities in the local area. Guided walks are offered for guest of all ages.

Open Daily: 9am – 4:30pm

Start your day by obtaining a map of the park, along with expert advice of our park and trail system. Our staff will help you plan a day of hiking, biking, and other nature related activities. Enjoy a cold beverage and a snack while you browse our Nature Center. Displays depicting common wildlife are available for your viewing pleasure.

We also carry an extensive line of guide books, sunscreen, insect repellents, hiking sticks, and other souvenir items to make your visit to Canaan Valley Resort State Park a memorable and comfortable experience.
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Or, stop by the visitors center before your adventure to pick up a full-size copy.


Young People for Parks

Canaan Valley Resort is proud to offer it’s younger guests the opportunity to learn more about the resort’s grounds and the wildlife that live here. The Young People for Parks Program is designed to educate children about the flora, fauna, insects and wildlife around them. Children must attend a total of three walks. Each child, upon completion of the program, will be given a certificate and a badge (or lapel pin) for their participation.

Our staff will lead the group on walks throughout the park grounds. This program is designed for children ages 6-16. There is no charge for this program which is sponsored by the WV Division of Natural Resources.

Adults are encouraged to attend. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult on walks. For further information, contact the Nature Center at 800-622-4121 ext. 92688.


Guided Hikes & Events 2013

May 4 Family Trail Days
May 30 – June 2 Canaan Valley Birding Festival
June 8 Black Bird Knob Hike
July 13 Mid-Summer Walk Between the Parks
July 25-26 Geology Rocks
August 3 Mid-Summer Walk Between the Parks
August 17 Black Bird Knob Hike
September 28 Fields of Fire (Dolly Sods Hike/Tour)
October 5 Wild Walks Weekend

For more information on any of these events, call (800) 622-4121 ext. 92788.