Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis

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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.
Blackwater 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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  • This is a must go to for anyone who loves adventuring outdoors! The falls are absolutely beautiful and the trails are great for hiking. There are breath taking views into the canyon from the lodge and...  more »
  • This well-managed park has plenty of outdoor experiences to offer. We enjoyed hiking some trails and seeing some of the waterfalls. They have done an excellent job of making it easy to see and get clo...  more »
  • Most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen! It was my favorite place to go when I lived in West Virginia!!!
  • It's a really big waterfall. There's multiple decks to see it at, including one on the mountain. There's a boardwalk the whole way there. It's 61 feet tall. It's also really loud and they don't want people to get close to it for obvious reasons. It's worth the drive to see it (probably). Forget about cell service. No wifi too

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