The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing. Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season. Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park. Horseback riding is not permitted in the park.

Had a good morning out with the dog.

This park is very small and the waterfall is small as well. A nice park if you live near by and want to walk on a daily basis. The waterfall is close to the beginning of the red trail only a few hundred feet down the stairs. Most of the trails are paved so no real hiking involved in places. There are pick nick areas all over and in some prestige places. Saw about 3 restroom spots along the trails. Definitely a pretty place.

Nice relaxing trail especially when you're trailing by the river

Followed the red trail all the way around. Nice views! Hung out on a rock in the river. Peaceful.

Great for a stroll through the woods. Fun mix of easy level trails and a few steeper climbs. Trails along the river.

Went on this hike last week and there was a decent amount of cars in the lot due to the nice weather, but it never felt crowded. There's some great spots by small waterfalls to relax and read a book.