Canaan Valley

Canaan Valley is an oval, bowl-like upland valley in northeastern Tucker County, West Virginia, USA. Within it are extensive wetlands and the headwaters of the Blackwater River which spills out of the valley at Blackwater Falls. It is a well-known and partially undeveloped scenic attraction and tourist draw, associated with the Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the Blackwater Falls State Park.

Canaan Valley was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974. The National Park Service citation indicates that the Valley is "a splendid 'museum' of Pleistocene habitats ... contain ... an aggregation of these habitats seldom found in the eastern United States. It is unique as a northern boreal relict community at this latitude by virtue of its size, elevation and diversity." Since 1994, almost 70% of the Valley has become the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's 500th National Wildlife Refuge.

The local pronunciation of "Canaan" is /kəˈneɪn/, rather than the conventional /ˈkeɪnən/ for the Biblical region from which the area takes its name.

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Canaan Valley - Tourism and Recreation
... The Valley's unique climatic and natural features attract a steady flow of outdoor recreationalists ... common snipe, wild turkey) has long been popular in the Valley and is still permitted, even in the NWR, within season ... In addition to the two state parks and one wildlife refuge, the valley is home to two Alpine ski resorts (Canaan Valley Ski Resort and Timberline ...
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
... Canaan Valley Resort State Park is a state park within Canaan Valley, Tucker County, West Virginia ... Located in the highest valley east of the Mississippi River, the park contains the second-largest inland wetland area in the United States ... The valley featured the first commercial ski development in West Virginia ...
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge - History
... Advocacy for the establishment of a NWR in Canaan Valley began as early as 1961 ... battled with Allegheny Power Systems (APS) – which had owned more than 13,000 acres (53 km2) of Canaan Valley since 1923 – over construction of a long-anticipated hydroelectric ... decision cited adverse impacts upon the Valley's wetlands, a relatively new concept at the time ...
Blackwater River (West Virginia) - Geography
... It rises on Canaan Mountain at an elevation of 3,594 feet (1,095 m) and initially meanders north-northeastwardly through the wetlands of Canaan Valley ...

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