Things to Do
What is there to do in Davis?
The question should be: what isn’t there to do in Davis? From art galleries and live music to locally-sourced restaurants and award-winning craft beer, from world-class mountain biking and hiking trails to world-famous waterfalls and wilderness areas, Davis and the greater Tucker County region have you covered.
With four distinct and unique seasons, there are more things to do in and around Davis than you can shake a red spruce branch at. Some of Davis’s best attractions are available year-round, such as many local businesses and downtown’s thriving social and cultural scene. Others are seasonal, such as fall and the Leaf Peeper’s Festival or winter and cross-country skiing in the state parks. Whether you’re looking to get after it or let your worries melt away, you’ll always have an abundance of activities to keep you busy or relaxed during your visit.
Outdoor activities, such as hiking, are top-notch year-round. Many visit the area several times per year to see their favorite nooks and crannies–such as waterfalls, bogs, meadows, and stunning viewpoints–change with the seasons. From Dolly Sods Wilderness to Blackwater Falls State Park and everything in between, Davis is a paradise for landscape photographers.
If you’ve got a competitive streak, come test your mettle each season in some of the country’s toughest bike and foot races like the Revenge of the Rattlesnake XC mountain bike race and the Highlands Sky 40KM ultrarun. If you’re more of a spectator, bring a chair, a cowbell, and your favorite beverage to cheer on some of the region’s best athletes.
If you prefer some culture with your adventure, each May be sure to visit Davis and its neighboring town, Thomas, for the annual three-day Art Spring festival, which celebrates Tucker County’s unmistakably unique and thriving art scene. And there’s always live music going on somewhere, whether it’s a local band performing in one of the area’s cozy venues or some pickin’ on the porch.
West Virginia Highlands Artisans Gallery
The Studio Gallery
Fishing & Hunting
Red Run Catch and Release (Canaan Loop Rd)
Canaan Trout Ranch
Thomas City Park fishing pier
Davis Riverfront Park
DNR pier on Camp 70
Canaan Valley Ski Resort
White Grass Ski Touring Center
Sled Park (PDF)
Blackwater Falls State Park
Canaan Mountain Backcountry
Canaan Valley State Park
Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Heart of the Highlands Trail System
Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area
Thomas City Park Trails
Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail
Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail
Blackwater Falls State Park
Brown Mountain Trail
Red Spruce Trail
Splash Dam Trail
Yellow Birch Trail
Parks & Trailheads
Hunting & Fishing
Festivals & Events
Canaan Valley Half Marathon
WHEN: April 26, 2020
This road race takes place in one of the East Coast’s most idyllic settings and is just a short drive from two amazing towns and any outdoor activity you could possibly want. The destination race features the scenic brilliance of Tucker County, a place known for its outdoor opportunities.
WHEN: Memorial Day Weekend
Tucker County’s Annual Celebration of the Arts, featuring a silent auction, gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, hands on activities, performers, food vendors, wine tastings, craft beer, and more.
Canaan Mountain Bike Festival
WHEN: June 14-16 2019
Annual fun event to bring people together to ride mountain bikes, do trail work, strengthen community and connect with people.
Mountaineer Days (in nearby Thomas)
WHEN: 4th of July Weekend
Celebrate the 4th of July with the annual Mountaineer Days. All events are family friendly and free to the public. Events include a corn hole tournament, fireman’s parade, cakewalk, firemen’s water battle, annual, completely amazing, world-class Saturday night fireworks display, and a variety of music and dancing.
Celebration of the Arts
WHEN: Sunday of 4th of July weekend
Join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra at the Canaan Valley Resort State Park ski area for an entertaining on-the-lawn experience of Broadway and “pop” music by this outstanding, world-renowned orchestra. Free to the public, though donations are welcome.
Run for It
WHEN: Leaf Peepers Weekend / last full weekend of September
RUN FOR IT is a 2k (1.2M) walk and USATF- certified 5k (3.1M) race around the scenic mountain town of Davis, WV during Leaf Peepers Festival. The event raises funds and awareness for community organizations, projects, nonprofit agencies, educational activities, and charities located within the Foundation’s service area. Speed is not required to participate.
WHEN: Leaf Peepers is held annually the last full weekend of September.
The Leaf Peeper’s Festival celebrates fall foliage and the splendor that comes with this magical time of the year.
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Plum Tuckered Film Festival
WHEN: Spring 2020
A home for creative, independent short film from around the world. One of our primary goals is to shine a spotlight on the films and filmmakers of our area. Whether you live in Tucker County or are connected to the life, adventure and culture of the area in some way, that’s what we’re looking for. We are also seeking to highlight films from the greater Appalachian region in order to showcase the depth of talent and creativity residing within these mountains.