Falls Run Falls, West Virginia

Falls Run Falls in October 2010

Falls Run Falls is one of the more interesting little waterfalls in Blackwater Falls State Park. It’s nowhere near as widely known as Blackwater Falls, Elakala Falls, or some of the other large falls in the area. Falls Run Falls, on the other hand, is small, easy to get to, but hidden where you’d least expect it.

Right from a parking area that provides a view of Blackwater Falls, a short hike leads to running water. You don’t really see anything from the road, but heading downhill leads to this smaller waterfall. I imagine that after a lot of rainfall, it’s impressive. Even with less water, it’s still a nice falls. There was enough water that it didn’t look like wet rock.


  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. Instead of heading toward Blackwater Falls proper, head toward the Blackwater Lodge.
  3. On your way to the Lodge, there is a parking area at a trail head known as the Gentle Trail. Park here. If you head right from the parking area, you’ll get to a view of Blackwater Falls. Instead, head left.
  4. You’ll hike near the road for a few hundred feet or so…Pay attention to the sound of water flowing, as that will be your indicator you’re nearby. When you hear the flowing water, you may see a creek. Cross the creek, and then start heading downhill. From there, it’s only a short distance to the falls.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate, a little steep, but short)
Height: 30′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

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