Backpacking — Canaan Mountain Backcountry


Canaan Mountain is a high elevation plateau ranging in elevations from 4,145 feet at Pointy Knob to 3,100 feet near Blackwater Falls State Park. The semi-primitive area consists of approximately 13,532 acres on the top of the plateau. Red Spruce and Hemlock forests, Rhododendrons and boggy areas characterize this backcountry. There are 11 hiking trails totaling 33 miles, many of them rocky and wet. Trail Map (3.64MB PDF)

Directions from Morgantown

I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 S until it intersects with Rt. 219 S at McHenry, MD. Stay on Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S through Davis and on to Canaan Valley. FR 13 is the access to Canaan Mt. and is 3.2 miles from Davis at the top of the Mtn.

Travel Time: 2hr


Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing


Cheat Ranger District. PO Box 368, Parsons, WV 26287. On US Route 219 just east of Parsons


304-478-3251 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest

Web resources:

Canaan Mtn. Backcountry – MNF site

ORC Resources:

Brochure, Books – “Monongahelia National Forest Hiking Guide”, “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”, “West Virginia Hiking Trails”

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