Blackwater Canyon Trail is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hambleton, West Virginia that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length19.7 miElevation gain1,699 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallBlowdownMuddy
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Chris Meawad
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Kerry Carmichael
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Did only part of the trail, starting from Thomas, but climbed down to one small streamfall and also to the main waterfall. I would suggest wearing sturdy shoes (I wished I had), because there are lots of rocks, mud, and wood that can shift as you step on it. The views of the waterfalls are worth the effort to climb down from the trail.

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Steve Gandee
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Laura and Henry
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Jasmine Allison
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Mountain bikingBugsOver grown

I would recommend starting at the bottom in Hendricks, getting that killer incline done first

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Allie Butler
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HikingMuddy

Loved this trail! The beginning offered amazing views of Douglas Falls. We continued on the trail and saw some salamanders and think we may have heard a bear. On the way back we noticed something moving in the trees that was large enough to be a bear. This trail is great to do with dogs or in the rain.

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Lacey Munroe
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I really enjoyed this trail! I wish I’d known that I was allowed to drive up the first portion of it - the first hour of my hike was on a pretty wide gravelly road. There were some really cool little waterfalls on my way, but I truly started loving the hike once I got to the foot traffic only gate . I will probably go back and just hike this portion of it - nice views down into the river and across, quite a nice and charming trail. My dog enjoyed it too :) met a few bikers along the way but otherwise quiet. Turned back before finishing due to some predicted rain. You barely notice the uphill climb, and I’d love to check out a trail that went off it that said “canyon rim” . Going back to my car was nicer than expected though - the downhill gives a much nicer view of the river.

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Alan Marsilio
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Mountain bikingRocky

My review is about biking only. This trail appears on other sites as a gravel rail trail for biking but is barely suitable for that. I'm an experienced cyclist with over 100K miles on all surfaces. Started from Hendricks on 28mm tires. Made it about a mile and turned back. The surface is not "gravel" it is railroad ballast; 1 - 2 inch rocks. Sure you can MTB it at 5 mph but what's the point of that? Better to hike it and really enjoy the scenery.

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Michael Parkent
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nice mostly flat trail for gravel biking / walking. trail starts at closed gated road (no vehicles) and is an old gravel road. trail is at douglas falls WHICH YOU MUST DO FIRST because its awesome. trailhead fir douglas falls is an immediate left at the closed gate down hill. this trail decends gradually about 150ft per mile, amd has one main putlook about .7 miles in

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Nicole Mine
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

If you use this trail starting in Thomas E.g. you can actually walk about a mile and see several waterfalls. After going down Douglas road in Thomas we the road will fork and you will go down the dirt road to the left this will take you past old coke furnaces and to an old bridge. It seems precarious but you can cross and park in the open parking area on the other side. Once you get out you can immediately walk down a small foot path and see some falls or continue down the dirt road on foot until you reach a gate in the road to the left is a rocky path down to the foot of a waterfall which is pretty. If you want you can view two more waterfalls below this but it will require going down a not so well maintained probably made by adventurous people foot trail and rock hop to the other falls. Definitely not a kid friendly option. Also when you are leaving you’ll see a significant sized wide set of falls. If not you’ll hear them and see a little 2 car pull off where you can get out and walk over to them.

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Diane Tennant
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nice walk, very clear

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Amanda Duckworth
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We walked down this trail today, beautiful area, great trail. There was 20 of us. Thanks to Canaan Valley, they bused us to the top and we walked down the 9.17 miles then they took us back to Canaan to our cars. Nice hike took roughly 4 hours.

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Brody Johnson
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Good hike if you are looking for something to get miles in. You can drive in on the dirt road and save yourself approx 2 miles at the beginning and end of just walking on a dirt road. Lots of gravel so you may want to protect your dogs feet if they are sensitive. Probably best to go when the leaves are off so you can see more...be prepared for not a lot of water. The map makes it look like the river is right beside the trail but its not...couple falls that come down off the mountain that are good sources but theres only two or three.

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Jon Henderson
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i was just on a small portion of the trail at douglas falls and overlook but it was gorgeous highly recommend checking it out. just past the postoffice in thomas take a right drive towards douglas there will be a deadend sign on the left take it

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Larry Smith
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Great hike!!! And scenery

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Charlie Jacobs
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Amazing hike!! Definitely among my top places to go

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E C
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Storm has come through and knocked Down lots of trees across trail. Took around 8 hours to do first 10 miles or so

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Emily Langer
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william kesner
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Melissa Cope
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Jonathan Harrah
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Sam Johnson
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Treah Haggerty
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Frank Glandorf
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Chris Batchelor
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