Canaan Valley Institute Trail System

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Trail Distance: 6.5 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Unknown
Description
Feel like taking Fido for a pawrific day of hiking? A visit to the Canaan Valley Institute trails might be just what the dogtor ordered! Nestled near to Davis, West Virginia, within what is known as the Canaan Valley  National Wildlife Refuge, you will find this pawsitively amazing network of trails that are the pawrfect place for your next great hiking adventure! Fido may join you on any of the trails found within this system, but he must remain on his leash at all times. 

With 6.5 miles of trails to enjoy, you and your best canine pal will have a barking great time exploring the land together. The trails are comprised mostly of dirt and traverse over varied terrain. While the trails are ideal for hiking, they are also pawpular for biking enthusiasts and have even been used for the West Virginia State Mountain Bike Championship Race. 

Some popular trails include Freeland Road which offers breathtaking valley views, a beaver pond, and a warm spring, and the Beall Trails which are located directly out of the mouth of the parking lot. The Camp 70 Trails and the A-Frame Road and nearby trails are open not only to people and their pooches, but also to people looking to get in some horseback riding. 

Idleman's Run Trail is a particularly well-loved hiking spot. At only .39 miles, it is a short and easy hike but is also extremely picturesque. You and your pupper will enjoy fragrant woods and even some local wildlife too. The trail meanders along the area known as Idleman's Run. By continuing along to FR 80, you will make an easy loop to take you back to the head of the trail. 

This trail system travels through a well known wetland region. The trails are considered quite easy, making them a great place for a family hike. Though it is unknown if there is any bench seating located on the many trails, this area is a woodland paradise and is a great spot for a picnic. Be sure to bring along drinking water and a packed lunch on your hiking adventure as you will work up an impressive hunger and thirst! Don't forget cleanup bags too to properly dispose of Fido's waste. 

For a day of pawrific hiking fun, bring Fido and the fam to visit Canaan Valley Institute Trails. You'll get in a terrierific workout, for sure!

Trail Features
Forest, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Wetland
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Please note that all trails open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset.
Address
494 Riverstone Road
Davis, WV 26260
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
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Wed Sunrise - Sunset
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Address
494 Riverstone Road
Davis, WV 26260
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset