DAVIS – Make plans now to meet some new friends, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the spectacular scenery on horseback. Guided horseback rides lasting an hour to a full day are available in the backcountry of Dolly Sods, courtesy of Mountain Trail Rides. Mountain Trail Rides also offers scenic rides showcasing the boundaries of the beautiful Canaan Valley Resort State Park, home to an abundance of wildlife, including white-tailed deer and black bear. There are frequent wildlife sightings and photo opportunities along the trail as you ride through wooded forests and mountain meadows to vantage points near Bald Knob. These trails are used only for riding horses, and provide spectacular views of Canaan Valley – the highest valley east of the Mississippi River. http://mountaintrailrides.com
Double S Stable: Double S Stable in Davis is a full-service stable offering riding lessons (Wednesday-Sunday), riding camps in summer and even sleigh rides in winter. Trained horses and experienced guides will have you in the saddle and on the trail in no time. http://www.doublesstable.com/
You’ll have lots of fish stories to tell when you cast your line from the Thomas River Front Park in Thomas, W.Va. This ADA compliant fishing pier is the perfect spot for everyone to enjoy West Virginia’s natural beauty while catching “the big one.”
Septemberfest – Blackwater Falls State Park plays host to this event which includes a walk to a scenic lookout, Lindy Point, as well as crafts, music, ice cream social, off-site train excursion, and more. Reservations may be made by calling: 304-259-5216 or visiting www.blackwaterfalls.com.
Wild Walks Weekend – Join Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s naturalist for an eight-mile guided hike between the parks, Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. See the vivid colors of the autumn season as the mountains are ablaze. For further assistance, call 304-866-4121 ext. 2678 or ext. 2788. www.canaanresort.com
Oct. 20/Kids Halloween Party – Blackwater Falls State Park will host a Halloween party for children up to 7th grade
PARKERSBURG – The Haunted Parkersburg Ghost Tours are one of the most popular ghost tours in the nation and take individuals through the quaint streets of downtown Parkersburg and recount its haunted history and famous paranormal tales. Tour guides will tell you various supernatural stories that are unique to the Parkersburg area. Tours are offered Friday and Saturday evenings beginning in September 29 through November 4. Tours begin at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Blennerhassett Hotel (corner of 4th and Market Streets) and takes approximately two hours (walk is two miles). https://www.hauntedparkersburgtours.com/