Blackwater Falls Sled Run offers the winter fun you need

There’s something about racing down a mountain of fresh snow that makes you feel like a kid again. But don’t take our word for it. Spend a day at the Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run with your family this winter and experience the thrill of riding down the longest sled run on the east coast for yourself!

The sled run at Blackwater Falls is one of the most popular winter attractions in West Virginia. And at a quarter mile in length, there’s plenty of wide-open space for you and your family to enjoy fresh air and winter fun. Here’s everything you need to know to plan a trip.

Season Dates and Session Times

The sled run will be open Thursday through Sunday from Dec. 18, 2020 to March 14, 2021. Between Christmas and New Year’s, the sled run also will be open Dec. 28, 29 and 30. Dates are subject to change based on weather.

Sled run sessions are two hours long. If you and your family are early risers, our 10 a.m. session is perfect for you. If you would rather wait until the sun warms up the air a little bit, plan to ride during the 1 p.m. session. And if you want to burn up all the day’s energy right before you eat a big dinner, you’ll want to book the 4 p.m. session. On Fridays and Saturdays, the sled run also will be open for a 7 p.m. session. Whichever session you choose, make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes early to attend a safety briefing.

Lift Tickets

Sleds are provided, so a lift ticket is all you need. Tickets cost $22 on Thursdays and $26 on weekends and during holiday hours. Children under 5 ride free with an adult.

Tickets are valid for one two-hour session. To redeem an online purchase, simply print your email confirmation or save it to your smart phone and present it to receive a ticket. Same day tickets may not be purchased online or by phone, but a limited number may be available for walk-ins at the sled run.

Getting to the Top

Riding down the sled run is half the fun. You also get to ride to the top! The sled run has a conveyor belt system that tows riders and their sleds to the top of the hill. So, sit back and relax and enjoy watching the peaceful, snow-covered evergreens pass by.

When You Need to Take a Break

If your hands and feet start getting cold or if you need to take a break, warm up by an outdoor fire ring and enjoy a delicious cup of hot cocoa. New fire rings have been added this year to help everyone space out and practice social distancing. There also are new walk-up windows for the snack bar, so you can get treats for the whole family without having to go inside.

Stay Safe

Several new features have been added this year to encourage visitors to stay outside and practice social distancing. In addition to new fire rings, the sound system has been improved so visitors can better hear

announcements. There also are new walk-up windows for contact-free ticket sales and will call for picking up tickets booked online.

To help keep everyone safe, park staff will sanitize equipment regularly and thoroughly in between sessions. Visitors will be asked to follow all federal, state and local health guidelines, including indoor mask use and social distancing.

Plan Your Trip

Sled run tickets sell out fast, so you’ll want to plan your trip and purchase your tickets online as soon as possible. If you want to turn your visit into an overnight stay, the Blackwater Falls lodge is closed this winter for renovations, but you can book one of the park’s cozy cabins.

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