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Blackwater Falls State Park
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Blackwater Falls State Park Blackwater Falls © Ted Denman
Blackwater Falls State Park Blackwater Falls © Kevin Roberts
Blackwater Falls State Park Lindy Overlook © Ruth C. Taylor
Our first trip to WV, we were in awe of the Autumn colors
Blackwater Falls State Park Blackwater Falls Rainbow © Mike Hancheck
Late September of 2009. I was very lucky to have caught the rainbow
Blackwater Falls State Park Lindy Point Colors © Mike Hancheck
Taken on October 11th.
Blackwater Falls State Park Blackwater Colors © Mike Hancheck
Taken October 11th, 2010 from the upper observation deck.
Blackwater Falls State Park Blackwater River © Kevin Roberts
Blackwater Falls State Park Blackwater Falls © Cathrine Curry
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P.O. Drawer 490
Davis, West Virginia   26260

Phone: 304-259-5216
Toll Free: 800-225-5982
Reservations: 800-225-5982
Email: park email button icon
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.
Meeting Rooms
Milton Harr Conference CenterRoom size - 58' X 51.5'

Accommodates up to 250 Theater style

Accommodates up to 225 Class room style

Accommodates up to 200 Banquet style

Accommodates up to 140 for a wedding reception, allowing room for dancing.


Divides into two rooms - Harr East & Harr West at 28' X 51.5 each.

115 Theatre style100 Banquet style80 Class Room style

Slide projectors, overhead projectors, flip charts, screens, TV/VCR units, telephone and internet access, standing lectern with microphone, table top lectern and risers are all available for use.
Situated in a lovely wooded area about one mile from the lodge are 26 deluxe year-round vacation cabins. They are all made with handsome wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces and forced air furnaces for year-round comfort. Each cabin has a bath with shower and is completely furnished.

Cabins at Blackwater Falls are completely furnished for housekeeping. They must be reserved for a minimum of one week during the summer, beginning the second Monday in June through Labor Day. Before and after the summer season, cabins may be rented by the day, two-day weekend or longer. Please call 1-800-CALL-WVA and we'll be glad to assist with your plans.

* Check In 4pm/ check out 10am

* Sorry, pets not permitted in cabins

* Reservations Accepted up to One Year in Advance

* Major Credit Cards Accepted

* Senior Citizen's Discounts Available

* Winter & Spring Packages Available
The 65-unit tent and trailer campground has individual sites with centrally located hot showers, Laundromat and dumping station. A total of 30 sites have electric hookups. The campground is open with a maximum camping period of two weeks. Reservations are accepted for 20 of Blackwater Falls' campsites from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition to the usual fee, a handling fee will be charged. Your advanced reservations will be secured with VISA, Master Card, American Express or Diners Club. Reservations are recommended during summer months. Please call 1-800-CALL-WVA, M-F/ 8am-4pm,and we'll be glad to help you with your plans.

* One tent or camping unit per site.

* Pets permitted on a leash

* Ice & Firewood Sales

* Playground located near Pendleton Lake Recreation Area

* Bathhouse and Shower Facilities

* Reservations Available Memorial Day to Labor Day on electric sites only
The Blackwater River is stocked weekly with trout from early spring through early summer. The section of the Blackwater River that runs through the park is a catch and release area. It is stocked regularly with trout. Fishing is also allowed at Pendleton Lake. Proper license and stamps are required.

Blackwater Falls State Park is located near Elkins

The park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails. Map and trail guides are available which will assist guests in planning a hike of the right length and duration.
Nature Programs
The park naturalist offers a variety of programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Also, programs and tours can be arranged for groups. These are available year round. Call ahead to 1-800-CALL-WVA and ask to speak to Blackwater Falls Naturalists.
Area Attractions
Elakala Falls - The waters of Shay Run reach the Blackwater Canyon's edge and cascade down the canyon's wall as Elakala Falls. A short walk along the Elakala Trail from the Lodge will take hikers over the upper section of Elakala Falls.

Lindy Point - 45 acres of pristine mountain views into the Blackwater Canyon provide one of the one of the most famous views in all of West Virginia.

Pendleton Falls - Pendleton Falls can be viewed at a roadside pull-off about one-half mile from the Lodge. Like Elakala, these Falls are the cascades of Pendleton Run coming from the park's swimming and boating lake.

Pendleton Point Overlook - A view of Blackwater Lodge and Blackwater Canyon can be enjoyed from this vantage point. This is the canyon's deepest and widest point.

Blackwater River - scenic and wild river that runs through the heart of Blackwater Falls State Park.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 8 Best place to enjoy nature by Sastry Karra
park review stars; one to five Not only the big waterfalls, we hiked the Elakala trail and saw another beautiful waterfall.
October 22 WV State Parks Are The Best by Marvin W
park review stars; one to five My wife and I have enjoyed staying at the State Park Lodges for many years. We like Blackwater lodge and facilities because they are so beautiful and quiet.
April 16 Best state ever by Sher and mark
park review stars; one to five We come to wv five times or more a year from Michigan. Our favorite place to water falls.
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For those who like to fish for wild trout...this is the place to be Savage River Outfitters is a full line Orvis Dealer and Fly Shop with vacation rentals located on the Savage River in Western Maryland. Call ahead to book a half or full day wade trip or fly fishing instructions.
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From Charleston and Central West Virginia:Take I-79 N. to Rt. US 33 E at Weston. Follow 33 E to Harman WV, then take 32 N to Davis, WV.

From Northern Virginia:Take I-66 W to I-81 S near Strasburg VA. Follow I-81 S a short distance to the exit for Rt. 55 W. Stay on 55 W through Petersburg to Harman, WV. At Harman take Rt. 32 N to Davis, WV.

Alternate Route form Northern Virginia:Take I-66 W to I-81 N, then Rt. 50 W until it intersects with Rt. 93 W. Follow Rt. 93 to Davis, WV.

From Baltimore & Washington, DC:Take Rt. 70 W to I-68 W at Hancock, MD. Follow Rt. 68 W to 220 S at Cumberland, MD, to Rt. 50 W at New Creek, WV, to junction of Rt. 93 W to Davis, WV.

Alternate Route From Baltimore & Washington, DC:Same as above except stay on I-68 W past Cumberland, MD, to 219 S. Follow Rt. 219 S through Oakland , MD, to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Davis, WV.

From Pittsburgh, PA:Take I-79 to Morgantown, WV, then I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 S to Rt. 219 S. Stay on 219 S through Oakland, MD, to Rt. 32 S at Thomas, WV. Take Rt. 32 S to Davis, WV.

From Richmond ,VA:Take I-81 to Harrisonburg, then take Rt. 33 W to Harman, WV. At Harman, take Rt. 32 N to Davis, WV.

From Columbus, OH:Take I-7o E to I-79 S. Stay on I-79 S to Morgantown, WV. At Morgantown, follow I-68 E to Rt. 42 S, Friendsville, MD. Follow to Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD, to Thomas, WV. At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Davis, WV.

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