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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hiking WV: Canaan Valley State Park

We decided to take a long holiday weekend, and get into the woods for some much needed downtime.

Friday was mostly rain, so it was more a series of short walks than a hike, but we did do my favorite trail.

Location: Canaan Valley State Park
Trail: Blackwater River Trail
Distance: 0.9 miles
Elevation: 3208-3260 feet



Then we mostly drove around and took short walks when it wasn’t raining.



Of course we stopped by Blackwater Falls, where the river was running quite high


Here’s the stream crossing at Canaan Loop Road just past Lindy Point.


I’m not sure what kind of vehicle could have driven across on this day, but it was comforting to watch and listen to the water.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hiking WV: Cacapon State Park

Looked at the weather Friday and discovered the Eastern Panhandle was out only option without a high chance of rain.

So off to Cacapon State Park we went.

Location: Cacapon State Park
Trail: Overlook Trail (partial)
Distance: 5.9 miles
Elevation: 2100-2289 feet

At Cacapon we drove up the mountain and did the Overlook trail. Unfortunately, we didn’t hike anywhere near as long as I had hoped, because my ankle was bothering me. But it was still lovely to be in the woods.

This is from the overlook.


You’re hiking along the ridgeline for a bit, but there is never a clearing to get a good view of the valley below.


We also stopped just outside of Berkeley Springs, at the top of the mountain where you have this lovely view of the Potomac.


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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Traveling WV: Berkeley Springs (Bonus: Pawpaw Tunnel)

It was rain all over the state Saturday, so since the orchard people haven’t been at the Morgantown Farmers Market, we decided to find a WV orchard and get our peaches from there.

It was a scenic drive, with a stop at Berkeley Springs and the Pawpaw Tunnel.

I realized we’d never been to Berkeley Springs during the summer when the pool was open–there were a lot of people in the area.

But it was lovely, and I was mostly able to avoid people.




And the Pawpaw tunnel.


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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Blackwater / Canaan





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Monday, May 11, 2020

Hiking WV: Watters-Smith Memorial State Park

Really, more of a saunter than a hike.

Watters Smith Memorial State Park






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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Hiking WV: Audra State Park

Saturday was gorgeous, and we spent it at Audra, some hiking, but mostly playing around the water.


If you’ve never been Audra has a boardwalk through the Alum cave, which is a lot of fun.


Watch your head!

The main trail goes along the West Fork river, and there are many paths to get down to the water. We spent half our time walking along the river.


And throwing sticks into the river.



One log we threw in and followed along the river for as long as we could, freeing it from the rocks and cheering it on its journey.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hiking WV: Coopers Rock

Finally got out to Coopers Rock.

Location: Coopers Rock State Forest
Trail: Advanced Ski Trail
Distance: 5.2 miles
Elevation: 1518-2226 feet (773 feet)

No snow. No flowers. But there was water.




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