What to do in Blackwater Falls State Park

**Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose 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.

Lodge Rooms:
Blackwater Lodge sits on the canyon's south rim, providing a sweeping view of the densely forested gorge. Each of the 54 air-conditioned guest rooms has a private bath, phone and color television. The lodge also features a game room and a sitting room with a cozy fireplace. The new 200 seat Harr Conference Center and indoor pool make Blackwater Lodge a comfortable retreat in a mountain setting.

Cabins:
Situated in a lovely wooded area about one mile from the lodge are 26 deluxe year-round vacation cabins. They are all made with handsome wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces and forced air furnaces for year-round comfort. Each cabin has a bath with shower and is completely furnished.


Cabins at Blackwater Falls are completely furnished for housekeeping. They must be reserved for a minimum of one week during the summer, beginning the second Monday in June through Labor Day. Before and after the summer season, cabins may be rented by the day, two-day weekend or longer. Please call 1-800-CALL-WVA and we'll be glad to assist with your plans.

Campground:
The 65-unit tent and trailer campground has individual sites with centrally located hot showers, Laundromat and dumping station. A total of 30 sites have electric hookups. The campground is open from April 29th through October 31, 2005 with a maximum camping period of two weeks. Reservations are accepted for 20 of Blackwater Falls' campsites from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition to the usual fee, a $5 handling fee will be charged. Your advanced reservations will be secured with VISA, Maser Card, American Express or Diners Club. Reservations are recommended during summer months. Please call 1-800-CALL-WVA, M-F/ 8am-4pm,and we'll be glad to help you with your plans. One tent or camping unit per site. Pets permitted on a leash Ice & Firewood Sales Playground located near Pendleton Lake Recreation Area Bathhouse and Shower Facilities Reservations Available Memorial Day to Labor Day on electric sites only

Recreation
Superior fishing and camping opportunities in Spring, cool mountain air in the Summer, snowy wonderland in Winter, exceptional scenic vistas in Fall. Make your trip to Blackwater Falls State Park an affordable, family adventure anytime of year!!

Hiking - The park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails. Map and trail guides are available which will assist guests in planning a hike of the right length and duration.

Horseback Riding - Stables are open from late-May to mid-October, daily 9AM to 5PM. Stables operations are changing to pony rides and a petting zoo this year. Facilities are geared toward younger children and families. We hope to be open by Memorial Day Weekend.

Nature and Recreation Programs - The park naturalist offers a variety of programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Also, programs and tours can be arranged for groups. These are available year round. Call ahead to 1-800-CALL-WVA and ask to speak to Blackwater Falls Naturalists.

Nature Center - The Nature Center is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. The Nature Center offers displays, programs and information on the park's natural resources.

Boating and Games - Boating is offered at Pendleton Lake from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Game courts and equipment such as tennis, volleyball and basketball are also available during the summer months. Come enjoy the waters of Pendleton Lake, beginning Memorial Day Weekend.

Fishing - The Blackwater River is stocked weekly with trout from early spring through early summer. The section of the Blackwater River that runs through the park is a catch and release area. It is stocked regularly with trout. Fishing is also allowed at Pendleton Lake. Proper license and stamps are required.

Cross Country Skiing - Over ten miles of park trails can be enjoyed by beginning as well as more experienced cross country skiers. Many of these are groomed and maintained specifically for cross country skiing. A full service cross country ski center offers ski lessons and equipment rental. The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th.

Sledding - The sledding hill is one-quarter mile long and sledders get to the top by a rope tow. The hill and tow area are groomed and maintained for sledding. Sleds are available for rent at the cross country ski center. The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th.

Location
From Charleston and Central West Virginia: Take I-79 N. to Rt. US 33 E at Weston. Follow 33 E to Harman WV, then take 32 N to Davis, WV.

From Northern Virginia: Take I-66 W to I-81 S near Strasburg VA. Follow I-81 S a short distance to the exit for Rt. 55 W. Stay on 55 W through Petersburg to Harman, WV. At Harman take Rt. 32 N to Davis, WV.

Alternate Route form Northern Virginia: Take I-66 W to I-81 N, then Rt. 50 W until it intersects with Rt. 93 W. Follow Rt. 93 to Davis, WV.

From Baltimore & Washington, DC: Take Rt. 70 W to I-68 W at Hancock, MD. Follow Rt. 68 W to 220 S at Cumberland, MD, to Rt. 50 W at New Creek, WV, to junction of Rt. 93 W to Davis, WV.

Alternate Route From Baltimore & Washington, DC: Same as above except stay on I-68 W past Cumberland, MD, to 219 S. Follow Rt. 219 S through Oakland , MD, to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Davis, WV.

From Pittsburgh, PA: Take I-79 to Morgantown, WV, then I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 S to Rt. 219 S. Stay on 219 S through Oakland, MD, to Rt. 32 S at Thomas, WV. Take Rt. 32 S to Davis, WV.

From Richmond ,VA: Take I-81 to Harrisonburg, then take Rt. 33 W to Harman, WV. At Harman, take Rt. 32 N to Davis, WV.

From Columbus, OH: Take I-7o E to I-79 S. Stay on I-79 S to Morgantown, WV. At Morgantown, follow I-68 E to Rt. 42 S, Friendsville, MD. Follow to Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD, to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Davis, WV.

Climate
West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Address
P.O. Drawer 490
Davis, WV 26260

Phone: 304.259.5216

Email: blackwater@dnr.state.wv.us
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