Plan Your Visit

Spring peeper on alder leaf - Ken Sturm/USFWS.

The refuge is open every day of the year from 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset. The Visitor Center is located at 6263 Appalachian Highway in Canaan Valley. It is open Monday through Saturday beginning Memorial Day from 10 am - 4 pm, volunteer and staff permitting. The refuge does not charge an entrance fee. The refuge has 31 miles of roads and trails to enjoy by walking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; 23 miles are open for bicycle riding; 22 miles are open for horseback riding. We encourage wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation, hunting and fishing. Hunting requires a state license and a refuge permit. Fishing requires a state license. Anglers must access the waterways from designated trails.

Stop at our visitor center to get information on things to do and places to see. Some suggestions are the Freeland Boardwalk, Beall Trails, Camp 70 Road and A-Frame Road areas. Complete descriptions of these areas can be found in our brochures.

Know Before You Go

Canaan Valley is the nation’s highest large valley east of the Rockies, with climate, flora, and fauna comparable to Ontario, Canada. The valley floor includes the largest wetland complex in the state, while the walls are forested. Cabin Mountain Trail climbs the valley, and comes within a mile of the famous Dolly Sods Wilderness. It provides wonderful views of the valley and of its wetlands.

During the summer and fall daytime temperatures usually do not exceed 90 degrees; nighttime temperatures may get into the 50’s or 60’s, so a sweater and/or light jacket may be needed. Insects typically are not bad here, compared to other wetland areas.

Contact and Directions

The Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge visitor center and headquarters are located on SR 32 at:
6263 Appalachian Hwy
Davis, WV 26260

From Davis, WV: Take SR 32 S approximately 8 mi. on the right.
From Harman, WV: Take SR 32 N approximately 9 mi on the left