Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia, gets its name from the dark-hued water flowing over its 57-foot main waterfall, but that is just the beginning of its natural beauty.
Situated in the Allegheny Mountains of rural Tucker County, West Virginia, the 2,358-acre Blackwater Falls State Park gets its name from the dark-hued water flowing over its iconic 57-foot main waterfall, but that is just the beginning of the natural beauty found here. It has remained one of West Virginia’s most popular state parks since opening in 1937, and those visiting during autumn can enjoy the colorful views as Blackwater Canyon transforms from its summertime shades of green to an explosion of oranges, reds and yellows.
The park’s main waterfall gets its amber color from red spruce and hemlock needles that fall into the Blackwater River. It is accessible by way of a 214-step boardwalk with scenic overlooks or the quarter-mile Gentle Trail located on the opposite side of the falls. The park is also home to other waterfalls, including the picturesque Elakala Falls, which is accessible by the half-mile, out-and-back Elakala Trail that starts near Blackwater Falls State Park lodge.
With 20 miles of hiking trails, Blackwater Falls State Park offers up some of the most scenic vistas in the Mountain State. At an elevation of 3,000 feet, Lindy Point Lookout offers views of Blackwater Canyon and is accessible by a 0.3-mile out-and-back trail. Those seeking a more difficult hike can opt for the 1.5-mile Balsam Fir Trail. Beginning at the Harold Walters Nature Center, hikers traverse groves of beech and maple trees before passing through a stand of balsam fir and looping back to the park’s recreation building.
With accommodations ranging from the recently renovated 54-room lodge featuring an indoor swimming pool and fitness center to 39 cabins to primitive and electric camping sites, travelers can choose their ideal overnight stay. 1584 Blackwater Lodge Rd., Davis, West Virginia 26260, 304/259-5216, wvstateparks.com