Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River, where amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile-long gorge. The "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. The park offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails, plus numerous places to swim, fish, camp, and go boating.

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Review of Blackwater Falls State Park

Active and Adventure Review of Blackwater Falls State Park

Away Travel Editor: Alistair Wearmouth
Editor Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Cross-Country Skiing,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking
Editor Tips & Helpful Hints
  • You can cross-country ski on ten miles of trails at Blackwater Falls State Park. Most of these trails are groomed specifically for skinny skiing, plus there's a full-service cross-country ski center that offers lessons and rentals.
  • About five miles down Blackwater Canyon from Blackwater Falls State Park, close to the town of Hendricks, lies the 18-mile Limerock Trail, which drops sharply down into Blackwater Canyon and is one of the region's best stretches of singletrack. Davis-based Blackwater Bikes ( rents rigs and has trail maps.

P.O. Drawer 490
Davis, West Virginia 26260

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 304.259.5216
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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