About This Park

Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the amber waters of Blackwater Falls, a 62-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls, the main attraction of Blackwater Falls State Park, are accessible from steps and several viewing platforms that allow visitors to enjoy scenic views year-round. Blackwater Falls, and nearby Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. The park offers lodging and many outdoor recreational opportunities.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
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    Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
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    Golf
  • Hiking
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    Hunting
  • Outdoor Adventures
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    Scenic Train Rides
  • Snow Sports
  • Swimming
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History

The area that is now Blackwater Falls State Park has been a favored destination for adventurers since the 1800s. The land came under the protection of the state parks system in the 1930s when the West Virginia Power and Transmission Company, which owned the Blackwater Canyon, donated 446 acres around a scenic overlook at the head of the canyon, including the falls itself. The park was formerly established in 1937. In 1955, the state began adding cabins, a lodge and fishing facilities.

Accommodations

Lodging

Blackwater Lodge sits on the Blackwater Canyon’s south rim and provides a sweeping view of the densely forested gorge below. The lodge features a full-service restaurant, indoor pool and conference center, as well as a sitting room with a cozy fireplace and an on-site game room for the kids! Each of the 54 guest rooms has a private bath, phone and color television.

Event and Meeting Space

Blackwater lodge has a conference center with seating for 200.

Cabins

Blackwater Falls State Park has 39 cabins — 26 vacation and 13 deluxe. The vacation cabins are in a wooded area about a mile from the lodge. Each cabin has a bath with a shower and is completely furnished for your convenience. The 13 deluxe cabins sit on the north side of the park and are all four-bedroom units. Blackwater Falls State Park even has 10 pet-friendly cabins so your furry friends don’t have to miss out!

Dining

The lodge restaurant, “The Smokehouse,” is open daily and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving the best regional fare, where “the dining rivals the view.” A well-rounded menu is available and buffets are offered during peak seasons and holiday weekends. The restaurant caters banquets, receptions and barbecues for special groups like business meetings, family reunions and weddings.

Trails

Allegheny Trail

This trail leaves the park to the north at the park entrance off state Route 32 and to the south of the riding stables. Overnight parking for trail usage is available at the Blackwater Lodge, but guests must register at the front desk.
Distance 1.2 miles, inside the park
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Balanced Rock Trail

This trail begins at the main park road across from Elakala Trail, crosses Shay Trace and Red Spruce Riding trails, continues to Balanced Rock Trail and ends near Cabin 13.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Balsam Fir Trail

This trail begins near the Harold Walters Nature Center, winds through beech and maple groves and passes through a stand of balsam fir. It then loops back to the Recreation Building by way of the campground.
Distance 1.5 miles
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Blackwater Falls Boardwalk Trail

This trail starts at the Trading Post parking area and leads to a stone patio and boardwalk more than 200 steps down to an observation deck beside Blackwater Falls. This is the main viewing area for the falls.
NOTE: For beginner access to the view, take Gentle Trail.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Cherry Lane Trail

This trail begins at the park road before Cabin Number 1, intersects Shay Trace Trail and continues to the cul-de-sac at Cabin Number 26. For cross country skiers, this trail is considered somewhat difficult to difficult.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Easy

Davis Trail

This trail begins at the stables and leads to a network of trails in the Monongahela National Forest.
NOTE: The trail becomes more difficult outside the park and transitions to a somewhat difficult rating.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Easy

Dobbin House Trail

This trail leaves the Harold Walters Nature Center by way of the maintenance road across the
dam of Pendleton Lake and connects to the Monongalia National Forest Trail System.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty Easy to somewhat difficult

Elakala Trail

This trail starts at the south end of Blackwater Lodge, bridges the upper section with a great view of Elakala Falls, continues along the canyon rim and ends at the main park road across from Balanced Rock Trail.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Gee Haw Trail

This trail connects the Harold Walters Nature Center with Supper Track Trail and links to the beginner cross country ski loop.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Easy to moderate

Gentle Trail

This trail is a short, paved path to an observation deck overlooking Blackwater Falls. It begins at the parking area across from the maintenance area and ends at the observation deck.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Easy

Lindy Point Trail

Located one mile past the sled run parking area, this trail sits at 3,000 feet overlooking the Blackwater Canyon. The trail has a small parking area one mile below the sled run area. In the winter, skiers can ski to the overlook (1.37 miles).
Distance 0.37 miles
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Pase Point Trail

This is an extension of the Dobbin House Trail that runs through hardwoods and rhododendron to Pase Point, overlooking the North Fork of the Blackwater River.
Distance 0.7 miles
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Pendleton Trace Trail

This trail connects the Harold Walters Nature Center with the North Rim Road.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Easy to moderate

Red Spruce Trail

This trail originates at the barn, winds through spruce and hemlocks and ends at the entrance to the cabin area. In the winter, the trail is a primary X-C ski trail to most park locations.
Distance 1.25 miles
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult

Rhododendron Trail

This trail starts near Cabin Number 9, travels through hemlock and hardwoods and connects with Balanced Rock Trail near Cabin 13.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

River Road Trail

This trail begins at the maintenance area road, where Yellow Birch Trail ends. This trail is an old railroad grade that directly links to the town of Davis. The trail runs along the Blackwater River, which provides good fishing opportunities for hikers. NOTE: Some vehicle traffic occurs on this trail.
Distance 1.56 miles
Difficulty Easy to moderate

Shay Trace Trail

This trail starts just past the lodge at Shay Run, crosses the Red Spruce Trail, the cabin area road, Cherry Lane Trail and goes onto the base at the sled run warming hut.
Distance 0.75 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Spudder Track Trail

Access this trail via Gee Haw Trail from the Recreation Building and the North Rim Road at either end. It is part of the beginner loop for cross country skiers.
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Easy to moderate

Watertank Trail

This trail begins across from Blackwater Lodge and provides skiers with access to Red Spruce Trail. It follows a steep uphill grade and forms a “T” intersection with the Red Spruce Trail.
Distance 0.25 miles
Difficulty Difficult

Yellow Birch Trail

This trail begins at the park road near the lodge entrance, crosses the stable entrance road and continues to the maintenance area road. Hikers can then cross the park road to the Gentle Trail.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Somewhat difficult to difficult
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Nearby Attractions

Timberline Four Seasons Resort and Canaan Valley Resort

Blackwater Falls State Park is less than 7 miles from Timberline Four Seasons Resort and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. This area is a hiking, biking paradise – and more!

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Visit the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, with 16,225 acres managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge features 31 miles of year-round trails, hunting and fishing opportunities.

Davis and Thomas, WV

Get a taste of small-town West Virginia and visit the nearby towns of Davis and Thomas for art shops, breweries and restaurants, live music and other local favorites.

Monongahela National Forest

Spanning nearly a million acres, this forest encompasses one of America’s most diverse ecological regions. Hundreds of bird species live here, as do 8 types of endangered animals and 75 kinds of trees. Highlights include Spruce Knob (the state’s highest peak at 4,863 feet), rustic camping, picnicking, and backpacking.

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