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West Virginia’s Canaan Valley State Park Resort Features Fun Summer Activities.

ski lift Canaan Valley

by Mary Gallagher–

We spent an all too short visit at Canaan Valley Resort last fall and now parents looking to take their kids to a place to reconnect with nature while enjoying comfortable accommodations, modern amenities and plenty of activities need to look no farther than this spectacular West Virginia  State Park with it’s Canaan Valley Resort.

And if those offspring happen to be good students, they can help with the cause by receiving discounts for A’s on their report cards!

To start with the discount, Canaan Resort offers its Stays for A’s promotion which rewards students and families with a $10 discount off published room rate for every “A” a student receives on his or her report card, up to five A’s. This offer is subject to availability and only one report card per room may be applied for discount. Report card must be presented at check-in, and some restrictions apply.

“It is as satisfying for the staff as it is for the parents when we are presented with a stellar report card,” said Steve Drumheller, general manager of Canaan Valley Resort. “We love being part of something so rewarding and positive, and the visit should only get better from there.”

You’ll keep busy with the wide range of activities and facilities for families this summer.

Trails for hiking and biking

Canaan Valley Resort State Park features 18 miles of marked trails through woodlands, meadows, hills and streams. Many trails are linked with hundreds of miles of marked trails in the million-acre Monongahela National Forest.

hiking trails Canaan Valley

Hiking the miles of trails at Canaan Valley Resort.

Most trails are open to mountain-bikers as well. A new regional hiking/mountain- biking trail guide shows 150 miles of trails. Touring bikes can be rented at the resort, and guests staying in the lodge or renting a cabin or cottage may borrow a bike for up to two hours at no charge.

Scenic Chairlift Ride

Even though the ski hill is closed for the season, the views from the top of the mountain are still spectacular. Guests can ride the ski lift for scenic views of the valley and surrounding Allegheny Mountains. Families can then ride the lift back down or hike the two miles to base camp. In keeping with the scenic beauty we saw thrughout West Virinia on our stay this ride will provide a super photo op.

Turtle Slide Tube Ride


Similar to winter’s snow tubing,  the Turtle Slide Tube Ride is a fun downhill  experience with an uphill tow rope that pulls

Tubing in summer Canaan Valley

The Turtle Slide Tube Ride at Canaan Valley Resort. Summer tubing.

uests back to the top of the hill. Located at

the ski area, this attraction provides entertainment

for all ages in two-hour sessions.









Outdoor Pool

The resort’s outdoor pool is located next to the lodge and features mountain vistas, pool slide, lifeguards and other amenities. The pool is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day (May 28 – September 5, 2016).


Geocaching is always fun for a group to work together to find a “treasure.” The resort rents GPS units and provides coordinates to find five hidden cache sites located on park grounds.

Climbing Wall and “Eurobungy”

Located at the recreation center, the 25-foot climbing wall and Eurobungy are fun gravity-defying activities. I have my left arm and hand in a cast right now so this one might have to wait!

Other On-Site Activities

Included are whirlpool, sauna, tennis court, miniature golf, horseshoe pits, playground, sand volleyball court, soccer field, crafts, softball diamond, basketball arena, corn-hole toss, kite making, guided walks and wagon rides.

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.

Canaan Valley Resort in Canaan Valley Resort State Park is a four-season destination resort situated in a 15-mile-long valley in West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. The resort features 160 new lodge rooms as well as 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campsites, three restaurants, 25,000 square feet of meeting space, fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, full-service ski area with features for families as well as advanced skiers, 18-hole championship golf course, arcade, spa, kids camp, sporting clays, climbing wall, hiking and biking trails and an array of other recreational offerings. For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-622-4121.



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