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Celebrate Spring at Black Bear Resort

People ask “what is there to do in the Spring in Canaan Valley? The slopes are closed, the golf course is not open, what is there to do?” I think to myself: Spring is my favorite time of year! There are so many things to do here…or…you can choose to simply do nothing.


Spring Buds

In Early Spring, you might just want to come to relax. Come for the weekend, build a fire, pour a glass of wine and do…nothing. Relax in your cabin, stroll through our small towns, visit amazing art galleries and shops and schedule a last minute massage. Later, enjoy dinner at one of our quaint restaurants or share time together cooking with family or friends in the cabin. The warming nights of Spring invite one outside to view the myriad stars; a unique and unforgettable opportunity afforded by our higher elevation and lack of city lights.


Canaan Valley Stars

For me, Spring means simply walking through the forests and feeling the warm sun, breathing the crisp air, rejuvenating my spirit and helping me focus on new beginnings. The feeling you get from these simplicities allows you to completely clear your mind, body and soul.

Still, for the more adventurous, Spring has much to offer! Be advised: the weather is capricious. Be prepared for daytime temperature swings of tens of degrees. Dress accordingly. Sun, snow, rain and even ice can happen on the same day! But braving the weather is worth it. You’ll see hundreds of varieties of fresh-sprouted, delicate Spring flowers. Newborn fawns and wildlife frolic through the fields, and black bears are coming out of hibernation following their long Winter respite. One of my favorite Spring pastimes is gathering our famous “ramps” (wild, pungent leeks) and then preparing a Springtime feast!

Hiking enthusiasts begin their season on numerous trails through thousands of acres of vibrant scenery. Spring brings snow-melt-swollen creeks for kayaking, whitewater rafting and trout fishing. With the snow and ice melting away, rock climbers can once again be spotted on the walls of Seneca. Check out our list of out door activities!


Raging Rivers!

This season of transition reveals the rugged character of the trails and landscape. Rocks and roots that have been hiding under the snowpack emerge, and with them the sport of mountain biking returns with a splash. The rhododendron and mountain laurel have barely begun their gnarly grasp of the trails, making visibility about as good as it gets. Eight months of riding in the woods starts now!

As you visit Canaan Valley, Davis, Thomas, and Parsons you’ll be sure to note the community ramp dinners nearly every weekend! Gathering with the locals as we celebrate this Spring treat is an experience in itself! In addition, there are several area Spring festivals scheduled each year, including the very popular Art Spring in late May.

So come visit us in Canaan Valley this Spring. Let our home at Black Bear Resort become your home for a long weekend during this season of hope. Once you’re here…discover your adventure – or simply do nothing.



Live music at the Purple Fiddle every weekend!


Welcome to Black Bear Resort – Your Mountain Retreat for All Seasons

Black Bear Resort is family friendly with individually owned cabins located in West Virginia’s spectacular Canaan Valley. Set on more than 40 landscaped acres, we have sweeping views of Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Cabin Mountain and Timberline ski area. Our resort is located  on Canaan Mountain at the north end of Canaan Valley between Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley State Park.  We are only four miles from the town of Davis, WV.  Dolly Sods, Seneca Rocks, Spruce Knob and 900,000 acres of Monongahela National Forest are nearby, offering endless possibilities for outdoor recreation and scenic beauty…any time of year!

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Our spectacular view across Canaan Valley to Cabin Mountain and Timberline ski area.

Many of our cabins are available to rent, providing accommodations for families, couples and small groups. Whether you’re looking for a single room hotel-like suite, a cozy 2 bedroom family friendly cabin or a larger home – we have something to meet your specific needs.  Many of our cabins – we call them pedestals – and inn suites allow pets (dogs only, please).

Each pedestal cabin has a fully equipped kitchen, linens and towels, washer and dryer, full bath (some with a double Jacuzzi), cozy wood fireplace (wood provided), large deck with a grill and much more!  Our one room inn suites have a dining area, fireplace, private balcony with a view, double Jacuzzi, mini fridge, microwave and a coffee pot.


A pedestal cabin nestled in the trees of Black Bear Resort.

While visiting our resort you can enjoy several amenities on our grounds:  outdoor heated pool, mini golf, playground, nature trail, fish ponds, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, fire pits and 24 hour security.  Our quiet private roads allow for walking, jogging and bike riding.

Catch (and release!) fish in one of our ponds or relax in the gazebo

Catch (and release!) fish in one of our ponds or just relax in the gazebo.


The Black Bear mountain lodge is available to rent for hosting your events, weddings, reunions and more – with a large deck and spectacular views of Canaan Valley.

Black Bear Resort is the perfect mountain getaway to allow you to escape the hustle and bustle – relax and unwind! But don’t worry, if you can’t quite unplug, many of our units offer wifi, as does the lodge.

So you’ve checked in…now what? Canaan Valley is well known for our winter wonderland, however each season provides a spectacular experience that brings our guests back year round.

One of our favorite seasons is Spring! A great time to take advantage of the area’s natural public lands and stroll through forests past creeks rushing with snow melt.  Abundant wildlife with their young wander through open fields full of beautiful spring wild flowers! Popular activities this time of year include trout fishing, whitewater kayaking, rafting, hiking and maybe even a little cross country skiing! Spring is also the beginning of another sport that Canaan is famous for: mountain biking!

Enjoy a casual ride through our grounds or explore Canaan on road or mountain bike

Enjoy a casual ride on our grounds or explore Canaan on road or mountain bike

Summer heating up? Our high elevation (3,200 feet) offers a much cooler summer climate than most neighboring areas, with temperatures up to 20 degrees cooler.  Enjoy our long, warm breezy days of summer outside. They are perfect for horseback riding, road and mountain biking, hiking and canoeing. Take advantage of our cool nights by dining outdoors or having s’mores by the fire pit! When you are ready to beat the summer heat, remember you can always find a great place to make the most of summer at Black Bear.

Our Autumn season kicks off the last weekend of September with Tucker County’s annual Leaf Peeper’s Festival and Run For It 5k in Davis.  Our area is one of the best places to view the fall foliage  of the mountains,  revealing a splendid array of colors.  Our leaves turn a few weeks earlier allowing you to jump start your leaf peeping season!


Fall in Canaan is a spectacular sight!

Ready for some snow? Thanks to our elevation we receive an average of 180 inches of snow per season – but many years we get much more! Surrounded by ski areas and state parks…there’s plenty to do. Looking for a downhill skiing or snowboarding adventure? How about exploring the high country on cross-country skis or snowshoes? Or take the whole family sledding, tubing or ice skating. Maybe you’re just looking for a romantic getaway by a cozy wood fireplace.  Whatever your winter vacation desires may be, Black Bear Resort and the Canaan Valley area has it all.

Check out our new video!

Check out our new video!

Regardless of the season you choose to visit the area, you will always find peace and serenity at our quiet mountain resort – with fun and adventure right around the corner. Many of our guests enjoy the resort so much they become a homeowner themselves! Our sales office can provide you with a list of cabins for sale.

So check out our new online booking system or call us and make your reservation today! We’ve already had our first snows!

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Winter is almost here! This is the first snow on the mountain, October 2014



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