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.

Get Outdoors

The site of the modern town of Davis was once an ancient red spruce forest filled with dense rhododendron thickets and impassable peat bogs along the meandering upper reaches of the rugged Blackwater River. Once the first settlers were able to discover a suitable area to populate, timber and trapping industries soon began to boom. During the height of the timber days, Davis was known as “stumptown” as it is said, one could move from one end of town to the other by hoping from stump to stump. ​The dense stands of spruce, abundance of trappable animals, and veins of mineable coal enabled Davis to flourish as an industrial center for many decades. Following the depletion of the area’s natural resources, the town of Davis has been working to restore the landscape and its diverse, native ecosystems. Although the chances of complete restoration are slim, Davis is surrounded by vast tracts of pristine public lands including the Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area, Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley state parks, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and a large portion of the Monongahela National Forest.

Parks & Trailheads

Find a comprehensive list of access points and itineraries online at the Tucker County CVB’s website.

Or pick up your hard copy maps at Blackwater Bikes (466 William Ave) and the Tucker County Visitor’s Center (410 William Ave).

Hunting & Fishing

All hunting, fishing, gun regulation, stocking dates, and game stations information can be found on the Division of Natural Resource website.

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.
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ArtSpring

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Leaf Peepers

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.
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Jack Frost Celebration

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