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 (Highlands Conservancy). Trail Map and Brochure (Mon. National Forest)


The Canaan Mountain Backcountry is located in Northeast West Virginia, between Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley State Park, near Davis, WV. The Canaan Loop Rd. is a fifteen mile gravel road that becomes a 4x4 road on the west side of the area past the Table Rock Trail. There are nine trailhead/parking spots to access the area from this road. Google directions below take you to the start of the Canaan Loop Rd. off of Rt. 32.


Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing


(Office) 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



  • “Monongahela National Forest Hiking Guide”
  • “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”
  • “West Virginia Hiking Trails”

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