Blackwater Falls, West Virginia

Blackwater Falls is the main attraction of Blackwater Falls State Park in northeast West Virginia. It is a 50+’ falls on the Blackwater River, and it is a very nice sight. Depending on the season, I think you will likely see a very different waterfall. There are pictures at very high flow when it is just one large, rushing waterfall. When I visited in late October, there were three separate pieces, which from most pictures seems to be rather normal.

It is rather simple to view the falls. The closer view of the falls comes from the “left” viewpoint. This viewpoint has numerous stairs that lead down to the falls. They’ve blocked it off at the end so that you don’t leave the boardwalk, and that might be a good idea. I think the area is steeper than it appears. There is another viewpoint on the opposite side of the river that is not nearly as close to the falls, but it is handicapped-accessible. This viewpoint is found on the “Gentle Trail.” From the Gentle Trail viewpoint, there are a number of other waterfalls you may be able to see, such as the set of Pendleton Run Falls.


  1. Head toward Davis/Thomas, WV on WV-32. Once in either town, you should see signs for Blackwater Falls State Park. Follow the signs!
  2. To get to the closer viewpoint, follow the sign to the falls. To get to the other viewpoint, follow the sign to the lodge, where you will stop at the Gentle Trail.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Blackwater Falls in late October 2010

Where in the World is Blackwater Falls?


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