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Vacation Itineraries & Planning

How will you get Tucker’d in Tucker County, West Virginia? Whether you thrive on adrenaline or are more laid back, Tucker County has endless ways to make the most of this high-mountain paradise and its cool mountain vibes. Each of the four changing seasons brings with it a distinctive and transformed Tucker landscape, so a visit here is never exactly the same experience twice.

Fall is a great time to visit Tucker County, West Virginia

11 Fall Must Do's for Getting Tuckered in Tucker County, West Virginia

Fall is a special season in Tucker County that is not to be missed. Home to one of the most diverse populations of flora found in the US, Tucker County and West Virginia are blessed with unmatched vibrant fall color. The leaves are beautiful and the air is crisp, our favorite time of the year to take a bit out of Tucker County. Here are 11 fall must do’s while visiting Tucker County, West Virginia.

Fall is a unique time for photography in Davis, WV, Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley

Fall Is For Photographers

Planning an autumn trip to the mountains of Tucker County revolving around photography is the wisest decision you could ever make. Between the natural landscapes being as diverse as it is beautiful and eye catching historic architecture from the logging and coal boom days, photographers will have unique opportunities from sun up to sun down.

Take a drive in fall through Canaan Valley is nothing short of spectacular

Autumn Country Roads Tour of Tucker County

Hit the road on any fall day and you will be rewarded with endless miles of autumn glory. John Denver made West Virginia’s country roads famous, but we are those country roads. Weaving through river valleys and cresting mountain tops as high as 4,200 feet is why Tucker County’s byways stand out.


Where to Fuel Up Before a Day in the Woods

Before heading to your chosen winter activity for the day, begin with a fulfilling breakfast at one of Tucker County’s breakfast authorities. Everything from country biscuits n' gravy and fancy fruit fill pancakes to extravagant pour over coffee's are found close to an abundance of winter fun.


8 Great Fishing Locations in Tucker County

West Virginia is a fishermen's paradise. Where there is plenty of space for true wilderness and escaping everyday life. Several species of fish are found in the lakes and rivers of Tucker County, West Virginia. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources is an incredible asset, stocking the Trout Rivers of Tucker County with Rainbow, Brown, and Golden Trout.


15 Hiking Itineraries From Easy to Difficult

Going for a hike through the mountains is a ritualistic part of any vacation in the highlands of Tucker County. There is a reason why John Denver called West Virginia "almost heaven". Beautiful, flowing, mountain peeks as far as the eye can see, reaching nearly 5,000 feet in elevation. Everyone needs to experience a walk through our woods, so here are 15 hiking suggestions for all ability levels. Enjoy the fresh air!


9 Mountain Bike Rides For Everyone

Mountain Biking has been a staple in Tucker County since the early 1980's. Miles upon miles of genuine single track riding through the most lush Appalachian forest and mountain scenery one can imagine. Home to Americas second oldest race and the infamous Moon Rocks, riders of all abilities are enticed to experience Tucker County mountain biking.


10 Rainy Day Kids Activities

Rainy days can be a drag for everyone, but in particular the charged up young children. It is no secret we have to be creative in Tucker County on these days. Here are our top 10 suggestions:


Mountain Highlands Motorcycle Itinerary

Call Tucker County home base for daily motorcycle excursions through the heart of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. We have established four individual days’ worth of touring from the greater Canaan Valley/Blackwater Falls lodging area. All roads are paved, 2 lane, lined roadways. With the exception of Rt. 48 four-lane highway, which is rarely used.

July 4th in Thomas, West Virginia

Seven July 4th Itineraries for Tucker County

Celebrating July 4th in Tucker County comes with a bounty of events and activities. There is much more to vacationing around Canaan Valley, Thomas, Davis, and Parsons than one day will allow. Our itineraries will get you through the long weekend.

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Want to take in some amazing views?

Go for a scenic autumn chairlift ride at Canaan Valley Resort. The views of the valley, surrounding mountains and fall foliage are breathtaking, especially from an elevation of 4,280 feet. The bird’s eye views from the chairlift make the already-stunning sights truly over-the-top beautiful. Ride the lift back down or hike the two miles to basecamp. Either way, you’ll be immersed in some of the most explosive fall colors the east has to offer.


Get an entirely different perspective on the Tucker countryside.

When you explore the rugged beauty of Canaan Valley by horseback. Mountain Trail Rides in Davis is a full-service stable offering riding lessons, riding camps in summer and even sleigh rides in winter. Trained horses and experienced guides will have you in the saddle and on the trail in no time.


Want a more hands-on approach to enjoying the Blackwater Canyon?

Grab your bike (or rent one at Blackwater Bikes) and hit the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail. This 10-mile, reclaimed rail line starts in the charming small town of Thomas and proceeds through the majestic Blackwater Canyon. The grandeur of the canyon is awe-inspiring, while other notable features include historic coke ovens, unique bridges with interesting stonework and abundant wildlife.

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Keep the views coming with a visit to the falls at Blackwater Falls State Park.

While there are plenty of serene and quiet places to admire nature in Tucker County, the thunderous Blackwater Falls are anything but quiet. Seeing, hearing and feeling the Blackwater River crash six stories over the falls into the natural pool 62 feet below is a rush all its own. Enjoy the Falls from the impressive boardwalk, or take a more challenging trail for a different perspective.


For a low-key, high-fun activity with spectacular views the entire family will love.

Play a round at Chip Shots Footgolf in Dryfork, where golf meets soccer. Footgolf is similar to golf, but instead of a club and golf ball, you kick a soccer ball into a 21” hole. Or, head over to Blackwater Falls State Park for 18 holes of Disc Golf at Pendleton Lake.


Spend some time on the water

and go rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing or even standup paddleboarding with Blackwater Outdoor Adventures in Parsons. The magnificent Cheat River offers everything from rushing whitewater excitement to gentle pools perfect for peaceful reflection. The closest outfitter to Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Park, Blackwater Outdoor Adventures has 35 years of experience helping explorers of all ages enjoy their time on the water.

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From Baltimore, MD / Wilmington, DE

I-70 W to Hancock, MD. At Hancock, take I-68 W to Cumberland, MD. At Cumberland, take 220 S (Greene Street Exit) through Keyser, WV until it intersects with Rt. 50 at New Creek. Stay on Rt. 50 only a short distance until it junctions with Rt 93 W. Follow Rt. 93 W to Davis. At Davis, pick up Rt. 32 S to Canaan Valley.

From Northern VA / Metro Washington DC

Follow I-66 West to I-81 South, Exit I-81 at US 48/VA55 (Exit #296) and follow west to Wardensville, WV. In Wardensville, US 48 becomes 4 lanes. Follow US 48 West until it ends. Turn left on Rt. 93 West following 93 to Davis, WV. (US 48 will be opening new sections through 2015, so stay on it until it ends!)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the rural nature of this destination, many GPS and internet mapping programs can be ineffective or inaccurate. Prior to travel and during your trip, please consult and have with you a current road map.

From Charlottesville / Richmond / Tidewater Region

Take I-64 W to I-81 N. Stay on I-81 N to Harrisonburg VA. At Harrisonburg, follow Rt. 33 W to Harman, WV. At Harman, take Rt. 32 N to Canaan Valley. Alternate route: stay on I-81N past Harrisonburg,VA. Take exit #257 Route 259 W to Baker, WV. In Baker, WV take US 48 W until it ends. Turn left on Rt. 93 West to Davis, WV. (US 48 will be opening new sections through 2015, so stay on it until it ends!)

From Pittsburgh, PA / Cleveland, OH

Take I-79 S to Morgantown, WV. From Morgantown, take I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 S until it intersects with Rt. 219 S at McHenry, MD. Stay on Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Canaan Valley.

From Columbus, OH / Parkersburg, WV

Follow Rt. 33 East to Rt. 50 East out of Parkersburg, WV to Clarksburg, WV. From Clarksburg take I-79 South to Exit 99. Follow Rt. 33 East through Elkins WV to Harman, WV turning left on Rt. 32 north to Canaan Valley.

From The SW Virginia / The Carolinas / Points South

I-77 North to Beckley, WV to Rt. 19 North to I-79 North to Exit 99. Follow Rt. 33 East through Elkins WV to Harman, WV turning left on Rt. 32 north to Canaan Valley.