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Gaudineer Scenic Area
An interesting blend of cultural and natural history meets here. Gaudineer Knob, located atop 4,445-foot-high Shavers Mountain in the Cheat Mountain Range, is a 140-acre tract of virgin red spruce-northern hardwoods forest that is 250 to 300 years old. It is a remnant of the spruce forests that o...
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Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Canaan Valley, at an altitude of 3200 feet, is 14 miles long and 3 miles wide, and the highest valley of its size east of the Rocky Mountains. Climate and habitats are typical of areas much further north, and the plants and animals are unusual for the latitude. Many Valley species are at or near the southernmost edge of their ranges. Drained by the Blackwater River and its tributaries, Canaan Valley contains the largest freshwater wetland area in West Virginia and the central and southern Appalachians.

Wildlife to Watch: Parking and trail maps are available at trail heads, access points and at the visitor center. The refuge provides a rare opportunity for the public to view wildlife and plant communities associated with a unique wetland and boreal forest ecosystem created by the high altitude and cool, moist climate. You may use the trails for wildlife observation and photography. Please stay on the trails to minimize disturbance to wildlife and plants.

Special Tips: With the help of the Friends of the 500th, the refuge offers a regular schedule of programs and tours. Schedules are available at the visitor's center. Exhibits and films may be viewed at the visitor center.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 15,245 acres 
Closest Town: Davis

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Canaan Valley NWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The refuge office and visitor center is located on highway 32, 9 miles north of Harman and six miles south of Davis, West Virginia.

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Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area