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Canaan Valley
National Wildlife Refuge

6263 Appalachian Highway
Davis, WV   26260
E-mail: fw5rw_cvnwr@fws.gov
Phone Number: 304-866-3858
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge has library resources for educators about wildlife and nature. Field study equipment is also available for educators during refuge field trips. Educators may request help to guide a refuge field trip. Workshops for group of educators may also be requested. Requests for these programs will be honored when possible, dependent on staff/volunteer time. Educators are anyone leading a group. This includes classroom teachers, university instructors and youth group leaders.

Fishing is permitted, subject to state regulations. Canoeing the rivers is available when water levels permit.

A wide variety of hunting opportunities are available on the refuge. Permits and special regulations apply. Please contact the refuge office (304-866-3858) for information.

With the help of the Friends of the 500th, the refuge offers a regular schedule of programs and tours. Schedules are available at the visitor's center. Exhibits and films may be viewed at the visitor center. A small sales outlet, with educational and interpretive products, is available at the visitor center. When volunteers are not available to staff the information desk, please enter through the refuge office.

Wildlife Observation
Parking and trail maps are available at trail heads, access points and at the visitor center. The refuge provides a rare opportunity for the public to view wildlife and plant communities associated with a unique wetland and boreal forest ecosystem created by the high altitude and cool, moist climate. You may use the trails for wildlife observation and photography. Please stay on the trails to minimize disturbance to wildlife and plants.

The refuge is open from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. The office is open from 8am until 4:30pm on weekdays, excluding federal holidays. The visitor center is currently open from 10am until 4pm on Friday and Saturday. When the visitor center is closed, information is available in the refuge office, or from kiosks at trail heads and beside the visitor center door.

Entrance Fees
Currently no fees are required to enter the refuge.

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