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Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 500+ 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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  • Loved the park. Beautiful vistas. Only problem was that the trading post was not open when the time on the sign stated it should have been open for over an hour, waited a little while watched several ...  read more »
  • As you are walking down the stairs....plenty areas to stop and rest or just stop and take more pictures of the Falls. Park well maintained. Store, snack bar and restrooms by parking lot. Park free. La...  read more »
  • Spent a couple of days exploring this and several other Parks nearby. Enjoyed the walks and some fantastic views. The fall colours just started to come out. 
  • Beautiful views wonderful hiking trails that are very well kept up and a really great time especially if you love nature walks. It's also a really beautiful and romantic place to take your significant other.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful. Cabins were perfect for what we needed. Out dated and typical wear and tear, but for the price, you really can't get better. Fireplace. Firewood. Clean. And then the beautiful trails, waterfalls, and scenery.
  • Holy smokes what a great weekend! This place is beautiful. The waterfalls alone are worth the trip. We even had a fun movie night playing ping pong! Thank you, thank you!
  • Love this place. Spent a week at the campground for a High Adventure base. The scouts loved it. We did lots of stuff here in the area. Planning on coming back and staying in the cabins with the family. Great relaxing retreat for the family.
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