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What to do in Canaan Valley, W.Va.

Blackwater Bikes owner Roger Lilly will sometimes hit the trails with visitors.
Blackwater Bikes owner Roger Lilly will sometimes hit the trails with visitors. (Scott Elder)

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1. CANAAN VALLEY RESORT

With the chairlift, scaling a 4,280-foot mountain has never been so easy. For flatter greenery, knock a ball around this state park's 18-hole golf course. Route 32, Davis, W.Va., 800-622-4121, http://www.canaanresort.com. Chairlift ride: $7. Golf with cart: $49 weekdays, $56 weekends.

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2. TIMBERLINE RESORT

Don't pedal uphill: Grab a chairlift, with space for bikes. Descend on your own full-suspension ride, or hire a rental for the mellower trail on the back of the mountain. Timberline Road/Route 32, Davis, W.Va., 800-766-9464, http://www.timberlineresort.com.

24-hour bike rental with helmet: $35, $25 age 12 and younger. Chairlift day pass with bike rental: $21.

3. CANAAN VALLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE VISITOR CENTER

Encompassing nearly 16,000 acres, the refuge was created to protect the valley's high-altitude wetlands. Watch a short video at the visitors center, then take a cross-country hike or view wildlife from one of the drive-up boardwalks. Route 32, Davis, W.Va., 304-866-3858. http://www.fws.gov/canaanvalley.

Free.

4. BLACKWATER BIKES

Bikers unite: Join a group ride organized by the shop, or catch owner Roger Lilly with some free time and he might hit the trails with you. 460 William Ave., Davis, W.Va., 304-259-5286. http://www.blackwaterbikes.com.

Mountain bike rentals: $30-$45.

5. BLACKWATER FALLS STATE PARK

Watch the Blackwater River roar over the falls, then drive downstream to the Lindy Point overlook to admire the deep canyon. Blackwater Falls Road, Davis, W.Va., 304-259-5216, http://www.blackwaterfalls.com.

Free.

6. MOUNTAIN STATE BREWING CO.

Wash down an organic beef burger and fries with a beer straight from the source; the cold beverages are brewed in the building. 1 Nelson Blvd., Thomas, W.Va., 304-463-4500, http://www.mountainstatebrewing.com/Thomas.html.

7. THE PURPLE FIDDLE

After a day in the mountains, unwind with live Appalachian-based music. "It's a great post-trail hangout," says owner John Bright. "All of our bands are family-friendly. Anything extra-raucous we do on a weeknight, when just the locals come out." 21 East Ave., Thomas, W.Va., 304-463-4040, http://www.purplefiddle.com.


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