There’s no better place to start a mountain retreat than at one of Almost Heaven’s most iconic destinations.
Situated in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park is a beautiful mountain getaway centrally located to other amazing West Virginia destinations. Stay at the park’s gorgeous lodge or one of its cozy cabins. Enjoy the splendor of a 57-foot waterfall or various scenic overlooks within the park, then venture out to other nearby parks and destinations. Wherever your adventure takes you, you are sure to find a comfortable and captivating stay at Blackwater Falls.
Year-round Adventures at Blackwater Falls
No matter the season, you are guaranteed to find piece of heaven at Blackwater Falls State Parks. The area where the park resides has been a favored destination for adventurers since the 1800s. The beautiful mountains and falls are the perfect backdrop for a variety of outdoor recreation. The park offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails, several of which lead to views of waterfalls and scenic overlooks. Additionally, many of these trails are suitable for cross-country skiing in the winter months. Also in the colder months, the park is home to the longest sled run on the East Coast!
“We love visiting Black Water Falls. The entire area is wonderful, so much natural beauty and plenty of great sights […] No matter how many times we visit the area, I can’t imagine ever passing up this stop.”– Melissarc1976 TripAdvisor
A Peaceful Place to Rest Your Head
Blackwater Falls is your jumping off point into countless exciting excursions. After all the fun at the park and other nearby locations, it is important to have a cozy place to get a good night’s rest. The lodge, located on the Blackwater Canyon’s south rim, offers comfortable rooms with gorgeous views of the forest and gorge below. Additionally, the park offers cozy cabins with modern amenities. Cabins come in a variety of sizes, perfect for the whole family or an intimate retreat. You can also bring your furry friend along!
“We stayed two nights in the lodge. We were all very pleased with the staff and the lodge. It was clean and everyone was so friendly. There is so much to see and do inside the park with some amazing views.”–Sunsetbum TripAdvisor
For guests staying at the lodge or in the cabins, the lodge restaurant, “The Smokehouse” is a convenient and delicious dining option. The Smokehouse is open daily and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner accompanied by jaw-dropping views.
Blackwater Falls is just the start! Head over to nearby Canaan Valley Resort State Park. While Canaan is most known for its great slopes during ski season, it also is a popular place for biking, hiking, and golf! For more outdoor fun, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge offers 16,225 acres of managed wilderness. The refuge features 31 miles of year-round trails, hunting, and fishing opportunities.
Stop by another state park and see a piece of history at Fairfax Stone State Park. This four-acre park is the home of the Fairfax Stone, a surveyor’s marker and boundary stone used in the 1700s to settle a boundary dispute over land in the English colonies of Maryland and Virginia. One of the oldest markers in the United States, this stone rests at the junction of Tucker, Grant and Preston counties and marks the boundary between Maryland and West Virginia.
Nearby, get a taste of small-town West Virginia at the towns of Davis and Thomas. These two quaint towns offer art shops, breweries, and restaurants. Many hotspots offer live music. For information on the area and upcoming events, visit the Tucker County CVB’s website.
With so many interesting spots and cool finds near Blackwater Falls State Park, it is no wonder why this park is the perfect starting point for your next West Virginia adventure.