Destination guide

High and low, natural beauty abounds throughout the valley

Tucked away in Northwestern West Virginia, Canaan Valley offers a wet and wild setting, dotted primarily by lush wetlands, the Blackwater River, and cascading waterfalls. Perched high in the Allegheny Mountains, your Canaan Valley vacation rental sits nestled in a gulley between the Canaan and Cabin Mountains. Inhale all that fresh mountain air as you embark on a host of outdoor adventures in pristine state parks that double as playgrounds for visitors. Climb to new heights, swim in fresh waters, and come face-to-face with nature in the region's rural landscape.

Things to do

Parks and recreation: enjoy a workout in the great outdoors

Outfitted with ski trails, a terrain park, and snow tubing area, Canaan Valley State Park is one of the area's most popular attractions. Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. You'll know summer has arrived once the snow melts, the sun is shining, and the park opens its swimming pool, rock climbing walls, and golf course. Feel the gentle splash of a 62-foot cascading waterfall at Blackwater Falls State Park or hike through wetlands and forests at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The space also features more than 20 miles of trails for bikes and horses.


Into the wild _ seeking adventure in the great wide open

If you can't get enough of the great outdoors, booking a Canaan Valley vacation rental is the right move for you. The region is a hub for recreational activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, and even game bird hunting. Each fall the valley hosts the Leaf Peeper's Festival, which highlights the area's colorful foliage, as well as local arts and craft vendors, live musical acts, a car show, an Oktoberfest celebration and a 5K competition. Go in search of feathered friends alongside other birdwatchers at the summertime Canaan Valley Birding Festival.


Walking (and skiing) in a winter wonderland

Better pack an extra pair of thermals if you booked a Canaan Valley vacation rental for the winter. Perched 3,200 feet above sea level, the region experiences more than its fair share of snow, or approximately 134 inches each year. Expect some big snow totals from January through March, coupled with daytime highs that hover only around freezing. Rain is common throughout the year, with totals averaging between 3.5 to 5 inches each month. Leave your snow pants behind and bring some shorts instead during the summer, when afternoon temperatures hover in the (somewhat humid) mid-70s.

Natural features

Natural wonders, waterfalls, and wetlands in West Virginia

Stretching 13 miles long and up to 5 miles wide, Canaan Valley's damp landscape is dotted with wetlands, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls. Fishing enthusiasts who spend their days in those waters angling for a big catch know the region is ripe with bass, sunfish, and rainbow trout. Canadian geese, ducks, and great blue heron also call the valley's intricate waterways their home. The parade of wild animals doesn't end there, however, as you'll also see snowshoe hares, beavers, muskrats, raccoons, and squirrels scurrying across the valley floor.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Canaan Valley

The nearest airport is in Elkins, WV (EKN-Randolph County), located 23.2 mi (37.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Morgantown, WV (MGW-Morgantown Municipal), which is 50.5 mi (81.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Canaan Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 291 vacation rentals near Canaan Valley. From 34 Cabins to 219 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Canaan Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Canaan Valley?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canaan Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Maryland: 6,445 vacation rentals
  • Oakland: 1,180 vacation rentals
  • Elkins: 36 vacation rentals
  • Blackwater Falls State Park: 296 vacation rentals
  • Seneca Rocks: 313 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Canaan Valley! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Canaan Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canaan Valley:

  • Oakland: 1,180 rentals
  • Elkins: 36 rentals
  • Seneca Rocks: 313 rentals
  • Cabins: 255 rentals
  • Riverton: 29 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Canaan Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Canaan Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Blackwater Falls State Park: 296 rentals
  • Smoke Hole Caverns: 312 rentals
  • Timberline Four Season Resort: 315 rentals
  • Seneca Rocks: 305 rentals
  • Seneca Caverns: 89 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Canaan Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.