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Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis

(4.8/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
Blackwater Falls State Park is located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, West Virginia, USA. The centerpiece of the Park is Blackwater Falls, a 62ft cascade where the Blackwater River leaves its leisurely course in Canaan Valley and enters rugged Blackwater Canyon. It is among the most photographed venues in the state and appears on calendars, stationery, advertisements of all kinds and, most famously, on jigsaw puzzles. The River is named for its tannins-darkened water.GeographyBlackwater Falls State Park is located about two miles southeast of the town of Davis. It protects of red spruce and eastern hemlock upland forest. The FallsThe "Great Falls" of Blackwater River drop about 62ft at the head of Blackwater Canyon. The major ledge is composed of Connoquenessing sandstone of the Middle Pottsville Formation. The Falls are usually cited as the highest above-ground falls (there are higher cave falls) in the state. A rocky prominence near the center of the Falls divides its waters into a distinctive formation, rendering its images instantly recognizable. In winter, the Falls often ice over completely. A broad trail descends about 320ft from the Falls parking lot to a wooden walkway and overlook, while a much steeper trail extends beyond to the basin below the Falls. On the opposite (west) side of the river, a longer trail ("Gentle Trail") also accesses the Falls from a higher vantage point.
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  • If in the area, this is a must see. There is a short walk down a path and quite a few stairs to get a really nice view of the falls. It isn't too far for kids to walk though. Was very icy on the final...  more »
  • We had the best experience! Hiking every day. Trails marked well - novice hikers would enjoy this park too. The restaurant at the Lodge had fabulous food! We were not expecting that. We ate there a fe...  more »
  • One of the highlights of our trip to the area. Falls were stunning and the hike was an easy trip down the steps despite the snow. Did the trick with my 5 and 8 year old and it was mindless.  more »
  • There is something for nearly everyone. There are meticulously maintained areas frequented by lots of people, as well as secluded places to enjoy solitude. The natural diversity is astounding, flora/fauna as well as topography and geology.
  • Another gem hiding in the beautiful mountains of WV. The surrounding area has so much to offer. From rustic camping to luxury accommodations. Hiking, mountain biking, waterfalling and winding roads that offer beautiful views from the comfort of your vehicle. I go whenever I get the chance.
  • I loved it me and my kids had a ball. I'm a southern boy from Alabama and the experience I had there was as if I was at home😍. The people in the area was nice and very caring. I've lived in Pittsburgh PA for about 10yrs or so and trust and believe it's different and I loved the getaway to this part of West Virginia. I will be returning next year. Awesome job people of Blackwater Falls my time was great and very memorable to me and my kids.
  • Great park. Beautiful falls and overlooks. There's a great trail that runs behind the park that leads to some great camp sites of you like to primitive camp - but take a vehicle that can easily cross small rivers or handle rough terrain if you attempt it.
  • So much to see and do, probably the best state park in West Virginia. Wonderful views. Only issue is the location (kind of far from timberline and most lodging) and also the lack of good bike trails and picnic shelters at least from what I've seen.