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ED REHBEIN

This view of the Canaan Valley is from the top of Bald Knob. The new lodge has the feel of a resort hotel.

Click the photo
above for video
slideshows of the
Blackwater River Trail
and Freeland Loop
trailhead, or visit
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DON'T MISS

Three Great Walks
After hiking and photographing Canaan Valley for a decade,
I am convinced that it holds three of the most scenic yet easy
hikes in West Virginia:
* The Blackwater River Trail, a Canaan Valley Resort trail,
makes an easy 3/4-mile loop following the Blackwater River as
it meanders through Canaan Valley. Picturesque views abound
and have inspired some award-winning photography.
* The Freeland Loop trailhead, only 3 ½ miles from the
lodge, is an all-boardwalk ½-mile loop that winds through
wetlands, by a beaver pond and to a protected stand of rare
balsam firs typical of Maine and Canada.
* To reach the Bald Knob trailhead you must ride the Canaan
ski lift, which affords breathtaking views of the valley and surrounding mountains. A moderate 1 ¼-mile hike through a
dense forest and a highland meadow ends at Bald Knob, a
grassy, treeless knoll standing at 4,308 feet that offers the best
vistas of the southern part of Canaan Valley. -ER

The new guest room accommodations include
luxury beds and linens, oversized baths, flat-screen
TVs, in-room microfridges, internet access and
mountain vistas. Deluxe suites and studios feature
fireplaces and balconies.
Park Superintendent, Rob Gilligan, puts it this
way: "There is a comfortable retro feeling as you
enter a lodge room. The valley and mountain views
are exceptional. Folks visiting Canaan for the first

time and those who remember the original structure
will be amazed."
The new lodge at Canaan has the feel of a grand
resort hotel with an atrium-style lobby, a sleek stone
façade, elegant conference space and a new dining
facility, the Seasons Café. In addition, 25,000 square
feet of flexible meeting sites promise unforgettable
conventions, reunions, retreats and weddings.
If a cabin tucked in the woods is more your style,
CVRSP can put a roof over your head, too. The
resort offers 23 cabins and cottages located in a private wooded area within the park. Two-, three- and
four-bedroom cabins come equipped with a fireplace, linens, and a full kitchen. Four-bedroom cottages sleep up to 12 people.
Regardless of where you stay at Canaan, you will
not be bored. First-rate ski facilities and an 18-hole
golf course are the main attractions. But the CVRSP
offers a dizzying array of other recreation possibilities such as 18 miles of marked trails suitable for
mountain biking or hiking, bird watching, wildlife
sightings and plant discoveries, paintball, swimming, tennis, a 25-foot climbing wall, eurobungy,
miniature golf, geocaching, indoor heated pool,
sauna, fitness center, basketball, horseshoe pits, playground, sand volleyball court, soccer field, softball
diamond, tennis courts, ladder golf, corn hole toss,
kite-making, nature walks, hayrides, weekend wagon
rides and bonfires.
But the best is yet to be told. This modern resort
is nestled in a unique geographic and ecologic area.
At 3,200 feet above sea level and covering 32,000

...the best is yet to be told. This modern resort is nestled in a unique
geographic and ecologic area. At 3,200 feet above sea level and covering 32,000
acres, Canaan Valley is the largest high-elevation valley east of the Rockies.
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014
Table of Contents
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From the Editor
From the Farm
Festivals & Events
The Hike
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Potomac Highlands Adventures
Get Up Early! Great Farm Vacations
Saving Mabry Mill
Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
Signature Mountain Dishes
Waterfront Living
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Canaan Resort
Guest Column
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Print to Mobile
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 13
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Potomac Highlands Adventures
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 26
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 28
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Get Up Early! Great Farm Vacations
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Saving Mabry Mill
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Signature Mountain Dishes
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 47
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Waterfront Living
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 72
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Mountain Garden
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - 77
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: Canaan Resort
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Guest Column
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