One of the things we’ve found when we travel looking for music is that most musical activity is centered around weekends. So, we have a few days to enjoy the nature of Tucker County, WV.
We are staying at Blackwater Falls State Park, just outside Davis, WV. It’s extremely quiet and peaceful, and they tell us that black bears are not out of the question. We’ve only seen white-tailed deer so far. The campground at Blackwater Falls is divided into two separate sections: an electric loop and a non-electric loop. We’re in the electric loop, and it is pretty spacious. One of the nicest features is that there is a wide-open area of sky in the center of the loop. It allows for great night-sky viewing, and it is dark enough here that the Milky Way is clearly visible.
To the south of the park there is an area known as the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. (They pronounce it “Kuh NAAN” with a short, nasally “a” sound on the accented second syllable.) Evidently this area was targeted by an electric power corporation sometime in the 20th century to be dammed and flooded, but locals stood up against this plan. The case eventually reached the Supreme Court, and the power company was thwarted. The land that would have been flooded has been (mostly) turned into this wildlife refuge. There is good hiking and some flatwater canoeing/kayaking on the Blackwater River. I took a short cruise in my kayak to check it out.
Even further south from the wildlife refuge is a second state park, the Canaan Valley Resort State Park. This is the most fancy and swanky state park that I’ve ever seen. It includes a ski slope, a golf course, and a conference center (along with the usual components of a state park: campground, hiking trails, cabins). Everything is very nice and well presented. It seems like it is designed to appeal to the more well-to-do clients. We did some hiking here, and the hiking trails were like hiking trails everywhere: no distinctives for the well-to-do.