Rejoice—it’s fall in Canaan Valley! The autumnal equinox will soon sweep its auburn-colored shadow over our high mountain paradise, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome the variety of changes that come with it. Fall brings a dazzling array of brilliant colors, more stars than you can count in a lifetime, and refreshingly crisp air that make our cabins in Canaan Valley the perfect place to be.
Fall in Love Early
One of the best parts of Canaan Valley is its elevation. At 3,200 feet, and with surrounding peaks of over 4,400 feet, Canaan is the highest large valley east of the Mississippi. Autumn kicks off much earlier here than the rest of West Virginia and its neighboring states, meaning leaf peepers can chase those fleeting fall colors for weeks on end. The Valley’s abundance of recreational lands—including Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks—provide some of the region’s finest hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails on which to immerse yourself and soak up the colors.
When it’s time to explore the local culture, the quaint neighboring towns of Davis and Thomas offer distinctly unique vibes and amenities for everyone. Whether you’re looking to sip an award-winning craft beer, dine on delectable local fare, browse art galleries, or dance the night away to live music, Tucker County’s mountain hamlets are just a few miles away from our relaxing resort.
Cabins in Canaan Valley: Fall for All
For those seeking the idyllic escape into a pristine mountain valley, Black Bear Resort—and the rest of the Mountain State—is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population. That means you can catch a tail wind from the Windy City, arrive in a New York Minute, or escape the heat in Hotlanta. In just one day, you can leave the fast-paced life behind and feel as if you’ve traveled back in time to our quiet corner of (almost) heaven. And if you already live the peaceful life out in the country, don’t worry—Canaan Valley’s unique scenery and Black Bear’s affordable prices combine to offer a relaxing vacation from your vacation.
There is no shortage of events year-round in Canaan Valley, but fall in our beautiful mountains is an especially festive time of year. We’ve handpicked the biggest, baddest, and best events to check out during your stay at Black Bear Resort.
Leaf Peepers Festival: September 27 – 29
The annual Leaf Peepers Festival is a fall favorite for locals and visitors alike. This classic gathering celebrates the peak of fall foliage in Tucker County with a beer garden, car show, parade, artisans, and live performances. Festivities begin Friday evening and run through Sunday.
Run For It 5k Run / 2k Walk: September 28
The same Saturday of Leaf Peepers, prepare for the scenic mountain town of Davis to be overrun with… you guessed it… runners! The annual Run For It race takes participants on a tour through Davis that benefits local organizations and the Tucker Community Foundation. If you’re not lacing up your sneakers, come support the racers at the High Five Station or the finish line, and continue the Leaf Peepers fun after the race.
Wild Walks Weekend: October 5
Join knowledgeable naturalists for an eight-mile guided hike between Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley state parks. You’ll pass through colorful hardwood forests, shaded spruce groves, and dense rhododendron thickets. A cookout lunch is provided halfway on this Wild Walk, as well as shuttle service back to the lodge.
Mountain State Forest Festival: September 28-October 6
One much anticipated West Virginia event of the season takes place a short scenic drive away in Elkins! One of the longest-running and best attended festivals in the state, the Forest Festival celebrates traditional competitions, natural resources and, of course, music. Participate in a lumberjack competition, juried art show, photography exhibit or quilt show. Purchase tickets to see country legend Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives in concert. Spend one day or the entire week celebrating the roles conservation and culture play in the Wild and Wonderful State of West Virginia. Visit the festival website for a complete schedule of events.
Black Bear Resort Specials
What would all the fall fun be without a great place to stay? You’ll need some rest after you get Tucker’d in Canaan Valley, and Black Bear Resort offers the perfect mix of relaxation and recuperation in our variety of cozy rentals designed to fit your needs. With mini-golf, fire pits, and a fishing pond, we’ve got enough easy fun to fill your downtime.
Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic autumn getaway, an adventurous group looking to push your limits, or a family looking to fill the Valley with memories, we’ve got the perfect cabin or home for your stay.
Now that you’ve decided that one of our cabins in Canaan Valley is the perfect way to experience fall, you need to know where we are—click here for directions and a map of the resort.
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