The local pronunciation of "Canaan"
is Kuh-NANE', rather than the conventional KAY'-Nin for the Biblical region. - Wiki
The Canaan Loop Road Ride is a 26 mile bike loop on forest road and paved road that takes you up, down and around
The Ride starts in Blackwater Falls State Park and takes you
along the edge of the beautiful
and endangered Blackwater Canyon. Near the
Lindy Point Overlook
the paved park road becomes the U.S. Forest Service's unpaved
Forest Road 13 (Canaan Loop Road).
The first four miles of the forest road
are very rough with water filled potholes and two stream crossings.
It is not passable by car but loads of fun on a mountain bike. After passing over
the road improves to a well maintained gravel surface. It stays that way till it's end at
From here the Ride takes a side trip to
Bearden Knob and the
Dolly Sods Cam while looking for a overview of
Next it's downhill to
and then a mostly downhill, and high speed, coast into
Davis, West Virginia and back to the
beginning of the Ride at the park.
With it's elevation changes of over 900 feet and lack of traffic on Forest Road 13,
this is an excellent biking workout.
All information is presented without any assurance of accuracy. Use at your own risk.
Distance measurements are approximate.
All photos © 2008 J. Watson. All rights reserved.
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Last updated 2/6/2008