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Tucker County a gem of winter activity and fun

December 31, 2012
dsp The Inter-Mountain

Tucker County offers all manner of winter activities, including skiing, tubing, snowmobiling, hiking and ice skating.

It is located in northcentral West Virginia and was created in 1856 from a combination of what was Randolph County and Virginia. It was named after Henry St. George Tucker Sr., who was a congressman and judge from Williamsburg, Va.

Towns and cities in the county include Davis, Thomas, Hambleton, Hendricks and Parsons, the county seat. The county is close-knit and each town offers a plethora of home-town businesses that include antique shops, art venues and restaurants.

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Among the Tucker tourist destinations that offer Winter activities are Timberline Four Seasons Resort, White Grass Touring Center and Cafe, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Timberline Riding Stables and Mountain Trail Rides.

Timberline Four Seasons Resort is located in the heart of Canaan Valley. It offers cabins, condos and restaurants, in addition to ski slopes which are sought throughout Winter.

At an elevation of 4,268 feet, Timberline is positioned to receive more than 200 inches of snowfall each year on Herz Mountain, which has a vertical rise of 1000 feet. Their Salamander ski run descent the mountain for two miles.

More information can be found on the web at www.timberlineresort.com or by calling 1-800-snowing.

Timberline Riding Stables boasts a wide range of horses. During the winter months, horseback riding is available by reservation.

They offer hourly, half-day and full-day trail rides. Also available, sleigh rides and moonlight rides offer a special treat for riders.

Timberline Riding Stables is located two miles off W.Va. 32 on Timberline Road in Canaan Valley. More information is available at 304-866-6326 or www.timberlineridingstables.com.

Over 50 kilometers of trails, with a vertical rise over 1200 feet, can be found at White Grass Touring Center, the area's premier destination for cross-country skiing.

Trails can be navigated by way of skiing or showshoes, and 13 shelters along the trails offer patrons a place to rest and enjoy the view.

White Grass Ski School is available for beginners who are taking their first slides on the slippery slopes or intermediate learners who wish to advance their skills. Skate, Tele, Backcountry and Mini Lessons are offered.

After a full day of skiing, the White Grass cafe offers a range of sandwiches, soups, cakes and pies, including vegetarian options.

Lodging is available in the surrounding Canaan Valley area, within five miles of the White Grass at the nearest point.

Extended information about skiing or lodging can be found at whitegrass.com or 304-866-4114.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers lodging, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, tubing, airboarding, ice skating and hiking opportunities.

Downhill skiing at the resort can take place on any of 42 slopes rest on a mountainside vertical drop of 850 feet. Beginner-, intermediate- and advanced-level hills are available for skiers of all skill ranges.

Improvement for the 2012 season include an advanced snow-making system, a new tubing park and new beginners ski slope.

The new tubing park is the longest in the Mid-Atlantic area and can hold 200-250 tubers in any two-hour session.

"The skiing experience will really be enhanced," General Manager Molly Fuller said, referencing the recent resort improvements.

More information is available at canaanresort.com or 1 800-622-4121.

Another option for visitors is Mountain Trail Rides, which is located on Freeland Road in Canaan Valley, just .25 miles off W.Va. 32, less than five minutes from Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Timberline Four Seasons Resort. Reservations are necessary for winter riding, with one-hour rides given during the winter months.

More information is available at 304-266-4652 or mountaintrailrides@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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