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Blackwater Falls , West Virginia

Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The “black” water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia.

Blackwater Falls, located near Davis West Virginia is named for the falls of the Blackwater River.
The amber colored water, which falls five stories, then twists and tumbles through a gorge of about eight miles long, is a sight that shouldn’t be missed.

The water, colored so amazingly, is the result of fallen hemlock and red spruce trees, whose needles impart tannic acid into the water, coloring it a deep amber in color.
The falls of the Blackwater river are among the most unusual in the world and also among the most photographed areas in the US.

Blackwater Falls

The same falls, and the river, are also among the most interesting playgrounds in the US.
Whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking, as well as viewing of the prolific wildlife are but a few of the recreational activities that Blackwater Falls offers.
Summertime in Blackwater falls will offer glimpses of many wildflowers and plants that are used medicinally as well as are difficult to find in other areas, as well as wildlife that is displayed nearly everywhere for your viewing. Photographic opportunities are rampant, as is exercise such as hiking, climbing and rafting.

Mountains Surrounding Black Water Falls

Winter, with its snowcovered landscape, brings some beautiful ice covered areas near the falls that, while taking some extra care to achieve them, should not be missed.

The need for lodging is met in many ways in Blackwater State Park. Whether you prefer a lodge, hotel type nights or a private cabin and cottage, or simply want to camp under the stars, West Virginia’s Black Water Falls park can offer you one of these overnight lodgings.

A free West Virginia Travel guide may be ordered by using the West Virginia Parks Travel Guide Site.

Many of the state parks also offer packages that give you fishing or hunting opportunities, such as an Upland Game Tour, Bass fishing or Trout fishing that include lodging, guides and licenses, with some of them beginning at prices of about 400 dollars for two participants.

Davis and Elkins college, not far distant from Blackwater Falls state park, will offer you, while you are a visitor to Blackwater Falls, a Master Naturalist program, which requires 48 hours of classroom and field training as well as some volunteer work in the area.

View Facing Blackwater Falls

To arrange lodging, appropriate hunting and fishing licenses or other recreational activities in Blackwater falls area you may visit the West Virginia State Parks pages.


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