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Late March?

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Late March?

Hi,

My wife, our 15 month old daughter, and I are interested in spending a few days in WV in Late March when we have time off (we will be driving from the DC area). We are constrained to this time window (specifically March 27th - April 2nd). I'm looking for (a) suggestions for activities in the area, and (b) trying to understand if things are shuttered that time of year or not.

I understand this is proper "shoulder season" time as the skiing is done, but things will still look wintry and nighttime temps will be low.

What are some optional activities in the area? We are thinking short dayhikes with the kiddo in a backpack. Is it possible to easily access the west side of Dolly Sods from the backside of Timberline (google maps shows roads up there, and I figure 75 on the east side will still be snowed in / gated). Also thinking just stuff around Blackwater Falls SP.

Will restaurants / etc be open in the Davis area at this time?

As an alternative, what would be options around the Lake Summersville area?

Thanks,

J

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1. Re: Late March?

Yes, just about everything should be open in late March/ early April. And while you may get some snow and cool nights, you might also get a warm spring day! You never know, but I would lean towards the "cold." A few suggestions:

- Here's a good website with some local info: http://www.canaanvalley.org/

- Miniature Golf: There is a miniature golf course at the Canaan Valley Resort Lodge. There are two other courses in the area, one is located at the corner of Cortland Road and Rt 32, and the other is also on Cortland Road, at the Deerfield Village complex. If it isn't snowing, they should be open. http://www.deerfieldvillage.com/golf.html

- Canaan Valley Resort Lodge has an indoor pool/ minigolf, a scateboard park, paintball, as well as a small arcade and a really good restaurant. http://www.canaanresort.com/

- There are dozens of trails (fully marked with maps) on the Canaan Valley Resort property, and you are certain to see wildlife up close (deer, squirrels, etc).

- The town of Davis contains several restaurants and some interesting shopping (mostly antiques). It is about 10 miles north of Canaan Lodge.

- Don't forget about Blackwater Falls State Park. This is located near Davis, WV, and is a short drive from Canaan Valley. The falls are wonderful to see any time of year, and there are a few things to do at Blackwater... horseback riding, art classes, hiking, boating, etc.

- You are very close to some really neat places that would require a short drive. You have both Seneca Caverns and Smokehole Caverns that are a short drive away, along with Seneca Rocks. Seneca Rocks is worth the trip for the view... you don't have to be a mountain climber!

http://www.senecacaverns.com/

http://www.smokehole.com/

http://www.senecarocks.com/

- Both Canaan Resort and Timberline resort offer chairlift rides in the spring, summer and fall on the ski slope areas.

- Big John's Family Fixins (304) 866-4418 - basically a pizza restaurant with video games. A small, "mountain" version of Chucky Cheeses." The kids like it, but not a great meal for the parents.

- Blackwater Brewing Company 304-259-4221 in Davis has good handcrafted beers and food. http://blackwaterbrewingwv.com/.

- Mountain State Brewing Company: http://mountainstatebrewing.com/

- Sirianni's Pizza: https:/…

- And the Purple Fiddle in Thomas for music and great food: http://www.purplefiddle.com/

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2. Re: Late March?

I pretty much agree with ParkFan. We love hiking in Dolly Sods, but haven't done it that early in the year. The roads up there are "Forest Roads". That means dirt & gravel. We saw lots of cars when we were there before, but that was in June, and we have never driven there...we hiked from the lodge, which is a pretty long hike. But the Bear Rocks area is just beautiful and you can access it from the Forest Rd 75 easily.

Here's a "June" view, but you'll get the idea.

trailgallery.com/photos/8903/tj8903_081009_1…

And the walk down to Blackwater Falls is pretty easy....steps & boardwalk.

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