Davis Trail | West Virginia Rails To Trails


Located in Blackwater Falls State Park in the Monongahela National Forest, the Davis Trail is an easy rail-trail that ambles up Canaan Mountain as it heads south towards Canaan Valley Resort State Park. For its entire route, the trail parallels Engine Run, a stream named for a narrow-gauge engine that once fell into its water. Horses are allowed, but not recommended. The trail is marked with blue blazes and signs.

The scenic Plantation Trail meets the Davis Trail at its midpoint, and trail users can continue west on Canaan Loop Road and then south on the Railroad Grade Trail to access Canaan Valley Resort State Park. This route is also a component of the Allegheny Trail, a 330-mile hiking route that spans eastern West Virginia.

Trail Manager Contact

United States Forest Service (MNF)

Monongahela National Forest
200 Sycamore Street
Elkins, West Virginia


This is a single-track and often steep, once a logging railroad.

MNF – Canaan Mountain Area
Blackwater Falls State Park Map- http://www.blackwaterfalls.com/images/BLAC_map.pdf

Part of the Allegheny Trail- http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=7024&actid=50

Trail Stats

Trail Status Open
Trail End Points Canaan Loop Rd./FR 13 to Blackwater Falls State Park
Counties Tucker
Trail Length 2.6 miles
Activities Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding (not recommended), Cross Country Skiing
Trail Surface Dirt
Trail Link Profile TrailLink.com Profile
Parking and Trail Access

Parking is located within Blackwater Falls State Park near the horse stables. The trail can also be accessed from Canaan Loop Road/Forest Road 13. This road is located off of State Route 32 approximately 3.3 miles south of Davis. From Canaan Valley Resort State Park, follow the Railroad Grade Trail north until its junction with Canaan Loop Road. Turn right on Canaan Loop Road and then left onto the Davis Trail.