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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  • Easy access trail to the falls and spacious parking. Davis,WV and the falls are beautiful. The drive from the north down PA 219 couldn’t have been easier.  more »
  • Beautiful no matter the season! We come several times a year, its a really nice park in a really nice area!  more »

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