Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Davis: Hours, Address, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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1-2 hours
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mosquitofever
Washington DC, DC25 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Big fan of the Freeland Boardwalk Trail! Though I love a good bog boardwalk, this new trail is raised and built with Trex, which I imagine will last longer. I enjoy this trail as it’s a 1/4 mile loop through a bog, with Canaan Fir trees, and a nice end to a long day. This would be a great destination for families or anyone with mobility issues as it’s flat, there are guide rails so you won’t roll off, and benches sprinkled throughout. Any time I’ve visited, I’ve been the only person there so it’s really peaceful. I’ll have to try other times of day as I’ve only seen birds, though there were clearly muddy paw prints here and there, so someone is sneaking around other times of day.
Written 19 September 2021
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Jo08
Richmond, VA177 contributions
May 2021
We stumbled upon this place while in Canaan, and we loved it. The visitor's center was clean and the workers there were friendly and informative. We did the Freeland Boardwalk which was short and great for a rainy afternoon so our shoes did not wet while hiking. The next day we did the Beall Trails - hiked the southern loop, and then went the northern route to the Bog Overlook. We are a family of 4 with children 6 and 8. Both kids did it no problem. The Beall Trails were wet after the rain and all our shoes were wet, but that is expected.
We would love to check out more trails next time we are in the area!
Written 30 May 2021
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Tyler M
Pittsburgh, PA100 contributions
Aug 2020
Did the shorter Freeland Boardwalk trail which was very nice. Very easy to walk, can't get lost and featured a variety of plants. We unfortunately didn't see much in the way to animals with the exception of a few birds. Would like to come again in the early morning to see it during a different time of day.
Written 12 August 2020
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LTaylorc
Cabot, PA13 contributions
Jul 2020
Main building was closed due to COVID-19, but we were still able to hike the trails in the area. Well maintained. We particularly enjoyed the elevated walkway through the marsh. We were able to take our relative who was in a wheelchair on the walkway.
Written 30 July 2020
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sailgirl57
Shepherdstown, WV23 contributions
Feb 2020
Really nice loop hike - easy with little elevation change. The hike offered a variety of different forest settings - from bogs, to hardwood stands, beautiful moss covered rocks, open rocks and fields. It is a well traveled mountain bike route - albeit would be best for advanced bikers.
It was fairly muddy but you can get around the mud on most parts of the trail. Overall the trail is well defined but the trail markers are not always easy to find. You're not looking for paint markers on trees - rather colered plastic pieces nailed to a tree. We did get a bit off trail but quickly found are way back. As this is a wildlife refuge the trails are not maintained so a bit more rugged than you might found in national forests or state parks. Nevertheless pretty easy to negotiate. It's a beautiful area and we plan to do some more hiking there in the future.
Written 24 February 2020
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Kim D
Frederick, MD113 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We loved the many wilderness trails that were in the area. Thankfully this group is doing a great job preserving true wilderness.
Written 30 July 2019
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stazandgazer
Maryland439 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We mainly visited the Freeland Trail and the drive on Freeland Road. It is beautiful and full of birds. The visitor center nearby appears to be under construction, but trail maps are available.
Written 14 July 2019
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TravelinLyd
Davis, WV87 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Great information, always friendly and welcoming staff, very helpful for all kinds of questions from wildlife to trails.
Written 30 June 2019
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stijntailly
Waregem, Belgium312 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We spent a couple of hours in this wildlife refuge while staying in the Thomas/Davis area. I found it rather hard to navigate the different trails that run through the refuge. The information that I found online proved to be inadequate. So do prepare ahead, preferably with a written guidebook, when planning to explore the park. We ended up driving 5 miles on a dirt road, hiking a mile through a wetland, realizing we couldn’t go any further (because of the swampy soil) and returning the same way we came. Two smaller hikes, one on a boardwalk, were more satisfying, however. We didn’t see any spectacular wildlife, unfortunately. Perhaps we came in the wrong season (May)?
Written 1 April 2019
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Jen S
Pennsylvania2 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed the 10 minute video and displays. Hiking was easy in this area. Ask for directions/map since cell signal isn’t the best and Google Maps wasn’t of help.
Written 4 August 2018
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