Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of over 16,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands, and forests with over 30 miles of trail open to the public for wildlife dependent recreation use. Another 10 miles of Refuge trails are open for cross-country skiing only at White Grass Ski Touring Center.

The Refuge is open from one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. No off trail travel is permitted and dogs must remain on a leash (aside from hunting exceptions). Camping is not permitted.  Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with refuge, state, and federal rules and regulations.

Contact the the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center at 304-866-3858 for more information. 

Trail Difficulty Guidelines:


Difficulty guidelines are provided to indicate the relative technical difficulty of each trail, not the physical exertion required. Varying conditions may be encountered due to topography, season of the year, weather, and level of trail maintenance and experience. Direction of travel and type of use also affect the relative difficulty. Consider these guidelines, trail distances, elevation change, and your own physical and mental limits to select an appropriate trail. Be smart. Be safe. 

Easier – Mostly smooth and wide with occasional unevenness. 

More – Many uneven and variable surfaces and widths. 

Most- Long, rocky or uneven segments. Variable widths and often narrow.