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Canaan Mountain/Blackwater Canyon Mixed Terrain Ride

Intermediate
 4.5 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A 30+ mile mixed terrain loop from Davis, WV. Perfect for a hardtail or gravel bike.


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Map Key

37.0

Miles

59.6

KM

40%

Singletrack

3,833' 1,168 m

High

1,711' 521 m

Low

2,624' 800 m

Up

2,623' 799 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a big dirt tour on mixed terrain: pavement, gravel, grassy forest roads, and old railroad grades. Expect beautiful scenery on a nice fitness loop. There are lots of singletrack additions or substitutions that can be incorporated into this loop if you already know your way around.

Description

Start in Davis, WV and head east (past the Shop and Save) on Camp 70 Road (dirt). At the end, cross the trail bridge across the Blackwater River. Continue past the Shady Hollow Trail and climb up Canaan Mountain Trail/Haul Road. After a closed gate, you'll come to a major power line. Turn left and climb up it.

At the next gravel road that crosses it, you can go just 150 ft past to a nice viewpoint. Here, the route turns right on that gravel road. Turn left onto Canaan Heights Road and cross Rt 32 to continue straight on Canaan Loop Road (FS13).

After ~5-6 miles, turn left onto FR-244A and descend off the mountain. At the end, turn right on Rt 72 (pavement) towards Hendricks. In Hendricks, turn right towards City Hall at the intersection with the paved and gated Allegheny Highlands Trail. Follow this along the Blackwater River on the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail towards Thomas. In Thomas, turn right on Rt 32 and follow it back to Davis.

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Zachary Adams

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Photos

Upper glade on Canaan Loop
Oct 8, 2017 near Davis, WV
Climbing on Canaan Loop road
Oct 8, 2017 near Davis, WV
BW Classic - on Beaver Creek Trail
Oct 22, 2014 near Davis, WV
Start of Lindy Run Trail
Dec 29, 2014 near Davis, WV

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Aug 31, 2019
Prem Patel
Jun 30, 2019
Landon Short
Oct 19, 2018
Rina Shaffer
From the foot/bike bridge its about 3 miles uphill at about an 8% grade singletrack. Once we reached the neighborhood we decided to take Appalachian 10.8mi — 3h 10m
Sep 1, 2018
Mike Pusey
Apr 27, 2018
Steve Cratin
Used 32/ didn’t ride East loop from 32.
Apr 26, 2018
Steve Cratin
Rode with Dad. Beers at Stumptown. Awesome day.