Balanced Rock, Cherry Lane, Sled Run, Shady Tace, Elakala Trail

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Blackwater Falls State Park

Balanced Rock, Cherry Lane, Sled Run, Shady Tace, Elakala Trail is a 3.9 mile loop trail located near Davis, West Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length3.9 miElevation gain436 ftRoute typeLoop
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Melissa Burner
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So muddy! So pretty!

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Erin Enderle
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The first part of this trail is the highlight, IMO...thankfully you loop back through it to make the rest of the hike worthwhile. The falls are beautiful - wear good shoes with plenty of grip so you can get down close for great photos. It was pretty slick in spots, but my pup and I both remained upright. Balanced Rock was made more enjoyable by the stacks left by hikers at the trailhead and occasionally on the trail. Cherry Lane takes you on to the road at one point, so keep going - use the app to stay on trail. Sled Run/Shady Tace were "meh", but it was overall a good way to spend the day. Definitely download the map and pull it up when you get to a spot where you're unsure about the trail - while the individual trails are fairly well marked, you'll want the extra guidance to make sure you're on track.

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Sarah Turner
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Nice trail. Well marked... this is a blend of several shorter trails, so I found the all trails guide helpful. Some mud but nothing too deep. This was great trail to start up my hiking muscles again!

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Corey Omalley
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Probably a good trail. Not so good after a snow storm. Trail was very icy and tough to navigate

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Melissa Breeden
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Got lost

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Jill DeNinno
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Easy hike with minimal elevation. Beautiful foliage in October!

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christa harbig
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Tong Zhao
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Kinda boring. It was crowed on a Monday afternoon, so we had to put on masks constantly.

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Patrick Karnash
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Lodge to Balanced Rock has some challenging terrain, but the rest of the trail is smooth sailing. Great early morning hike.

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Jess Lewis
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This was only ok, would rank it on the easier side. Nothing technical and very minimal elevation. You can definitely wear Chacos or sneakers for this. You do not get a great view of the falls from the trail (you are on the bridge over top of it), some chose to walk off trail to get down to it, but looked a little sketchy. Part of the “trail” was directly on the road. Balanced rock itself was kind of cool!

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Tifferno .
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I really enjoyed this trail. A few really beautiful waterfalls and views along the way. Ground roots on trail are a little tricky for moderate. Also a geocash hidden near the beginning.

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Angie Leader
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Didn’t like going up the sled run (overgrown this time of year), but otherwise really loved this park. So shady and cool.

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H Hilty
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Beautiful trail, but I would label as easy rather than moderate. There is a path off the trail down the waterfall, after the first blackwater falls waterfall. It takes you to a second, and after a steep (but manageable) descent, to a third waterfall. This one is by far the best, definitely worth it!

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Cory Trayer
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Rob Attoe
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Emily Shuler
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Soj Ch
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Laurel Marie
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Hannah Dalporto
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Kathryn Ducceschi
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Margie Serri
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Laurel Marie
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Nicole Roth
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Aliza Baker
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Caleb Geiser
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Lindsay Barton
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Anthony Carter
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Joe Garchinsky
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Sean McDevitt
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Jon Barnhart
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