685 William Ave ( Main Street)
Davis, West Virginia 26260

This is the 11th annual Canaan MTB Festival.  This is a recreational event to enjoy mountain biking and encourage the sustainable growth and maintenance of the trail network in the Canaan Valley area and welcome mountain biking visitors to Tucker County. Events includes group rides,Trials, , bike hash, Skills instruction for men and women with a catered lunch  and a VIP Blackwater Bicycle Association Fundraiser party. This event hopes to raise awareness and money for the local IMBA bike club, Blackwater Bicycle Association (BBA).   Please come out and enjoy the beauty of mountain biking at 3200+ft at this special place in West Virginia.

Please park at the old hotel/gas station across from Shop N Save, Driftland Sports or by Blackwater Bikes.   Please do not park in front of local businesses all day while you are out riding. Respect the mayor and his request.

Thursday June 13 Ride at Five   This is the local weekly group ride out of Blackwater Bikes. It is not an official Festival ride, but it is a social ride with different groups going out.  Informal  Party at Hellbenders Burritos after the ride. Then to Stumptown Ales for delicious IPAs.  

Friday June 14 offers skills instruction by certified mountain bike teachers and lunch  at Blackwater Falls State Park. We will meet at the pavilion across from Pendleton Point parking in Blackwater Falls State Park at  9:00.   This is a four hour session with a catered White Grass  lunch  at 1:30.  There will be one men's group,one coed all levels group and a beginner, intermediate and advanced women groups.    You will sign up for your groups by level .  Fee is $70.  

Saturday June 15 Free Group Rides led by locals.  Eight unsupported rides will be offered this year. The purpose is to have fun, look at the scenery, talk to each other and ride trails!  

These were the 2018 ride options.  2019 ride options are still being formulated.

THE BEGINNER RIDE: RIDE LEADER:  MR. JEFF.  Jeff is the head brewer at Stumptown Ales.  He's been riding since the stone age, but likes to take it easy.  Most likely going out CVI trails and along Camp 70.  Starts at 10am at Blackwater Bikes.

The Nature Lover's ride: Ride leaders: Local natural and historical gurus, Jess Tucker and Dr. Ed Rader and friends. This ride is for people who like to learn about nature and the unique natural history of the Canaan Valley while they ride trail.   Past years have explored Beaver Ponds, Waterfalls and mushroom hunting.   This is not a beginner ride, because there will be some technical trails, but pace is mellow and lasts 2-3 hours.  Starts at 10 at Blackwater Bikes.

WOMEN'S RIDE:    Ride Leader: Local Phd, Amy,  and friends will show the ladies around some near by trails.  There are options for shorter and longer routes.  This is a friendly, supportive ride.  Prepare to giggle!  Meets at 10 at Blackwater Bikes and lasts 2-3 hours.

Mountain Top Ride:  with Keith Straugbaugh Shuttling up to Loop Road to ride the some Enchanted Forest, tech fire break and then descend to town.  Technical , net loss in elevation.  About 2-3 hours.  Meets at 10 at BWB.

Valley ride: with Stro  Check out the trails on the Beall Tract and the newer Blackwater View trail.  Meet at 10:30 at Beall Tract on Cortland Road.  This is mellow, gorgeous terrain.  This ride has options to go longer and circumvent the valley or shorter as an out and back.

Double Down :  Ride leaders: Jason Cyr.  This ride cruises out the race course and up to the world famous Moon Rocks , Down Hoo-Doo rocks, across the Blackwater and climb up the Little Canaan "haul" road, down Hellbenders and finishing up on Splash Dam and back to Davis.  Around 4-5 hours with bail out spots.  Many rocks and special bogs on this ride. Starts at 10 at Blackwater Bikes.

Local's Choice:
  Robbie Hall's ride: Route TBD  Local nice guy and famous rabbit hunter takes you on his favs. Typically rides up and down Canaan Mountain. Mellow pace, but some techy trails. Starts at 10 at Blackwater Bikes.

VES Adventure Ride: Ride leaders: Sue Haywood and friends.  This is the long ride that covers both challenging singletrack and fire roads.  We will be determining the route soon, but it will be a nice long day in the woods.  This ride meets at 9 and starts promptly at 9:30 at Blackwater Bikes.  This is a great way to connect singletrack  and see all of Canaan Valley. This ride moves slow...lots of stops and chatting.

These rides are not "guided", but will have local riders volunteering to lead them. As always in mountain biking, you need to be well equipped and prepared with food, water, tools , a map and cell phone and first aid. Mountain Biking is an inherently dangerous and vigorous endeavor. Be responsible, ride safe and follow the IMBA rules of the trail. You are always welcome and encouraged  to ride on your own with friends to keep group sizes smaller and join the party later.

Saturday night June 15 is a VIP Blackwater Bicycle Association FUNdraiser Party at 6:30 at Wicked Wilderness Pub and Parlor in Davis.  This year the Tom Batchelor Band  will play dance tunes after the raffle. Party, mingle, eat, enjoys spirits and support our local IMBA chapter: Blackwater Bicycle Association  Cost is $40. Please sign up on Bikereg to help us adequately prepare.

Sunday June 16

 Kids and Family Ride at the Davis City Park 9:30am at the Pavillion in the Davis City Park on the banks of the  the Blackwater River. Ride leaders : Meredith Erlewine and Sue Haywood are experienced skills instructor and Rob Stull, owner of Blackwater Bikes and Jess Tucker. After a mini-skills clinic, a fun trail ride with plenty of stops lasting up to 2 hours depending on the ages.   A parent must accompany their child on this ride and provide trail snacks and water.


TRAIL WORK at 9 am,  on the green Flow trail at the Thomas City Park Trails.  Join owner of Appalachian Dirt, Zach Adams, to work on a section of this latest Tucker County Trail. Meet at  trailhead and park on the upper parking lots.

Sunday June 16 Bike Hash at 1:15 pm at Blackwater Bikes ready to ride.  This is a fun event where the Hounds try to catch the Hares through a series of clues and markings.  The local mtb hares are fast and the cleverest bunch around.Try and catch them or just enjoy the route.   This year we will be adding a new twist, too! Cost is $10 cash and includes beverages and Sirianni's  world famous pizza and traditional Hash songs.

Visit for some lodging options.  Camping options are the RestRite Campground on Blackwater Falls Road, Blackwater Falls State Park Campground and primitive camping on Canaan Loop Road. Visit the website of our good friends at Mountain Top Realty If you have any questions email

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