Blackwater Falls

EASY 91 reviews

Blackwater Falls is a 0.7 mile out and back trail located near Davis, West Virginia that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

waterfall

hiking
8 days ago

The falls were amazing! There is another viewpoint, although not as close, at Gentle Trail (very short, easy walk on opposite side) that features a 'storybook forest' for kids.

walking
9 days ago

It seemed very busy all day (Saturday), so we stopped at 1830. It emptied out by then with over half the parking spaces remaining. If stairs don’t bother you, it is easy- a walk and not a hike. Take your camera for many photo opportunities along the boardwalk!

hiking
11 days ago

The falls are so pretty. I have been here multiple times. The falls are different every time. I have seen them frozen over in December, and roaring after a healthy rainfall.

nature trips
15 days ago

The falls are beautiful! I come here every year with my family and little dog and we love it. The stairs can be a workout but aren't too bad. The falls are well worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

Blackwater falls state park is so fun! Most of the roads are paved and it is easy to navigate. The campground had nice hot showers and was very spacious. I would get there early and reserve your spot as it fills up quickly! The falls are beautiful as well with rhododendrons everywhere. We also tried paddle boarding on the lake and the petting zoo. I highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

This is more of a short easy walk than a hike. Regardless, the waterfall is very beautiful. I would post pictures but it have been well covered by others previous to me. I read in the West Virginia visitor's guide that these falls are the most photographed place in all of West Virginia. Although the falls were out of the way from any large cities (thankfully), the entire park was clean and it is definitely worth visiting when in West Virginia.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a must see for any WV visitor. As mentioned in other reviews, I would call this a short, but moderate hike due to the stairs leading down to the falls. Hike this after some major rainfall for an unbelievable, powerful, waterfall experience. Note that there is handicap access from the other side of the park. The view is a little farther away, but still spectacular.

1 month ago

Beautiful falls! Fairly easy just lots of stairs.

Absolutly Beautiful falls, State park is kept in excellant condition.

This is worth the stop. Although i would not review it as easy because of the incline and steps.

With everyones different skill level i would definately call it moderate.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall! Worth the quick stop. Just 0.3 miles down, almost all stairs.

2 months ago

Great walk

2 months ago

I wouldn’t consider this an easy trail due to climbing back up the stairs. But it’s well worth doing!

hiking
4 months ago

Short hike, stairs to waterfalls! beautiful and worth checking out. we also walked around camp grounds for some extra hiking. well kept! only took about .6 miles for us.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun place for families; easy little walk from the parking lot for a great view of the falls. There's another nice overlook on the other side of the park, from a higher vantage point. Both are worth stopping for. Keep driving around the park and you'll encounter several nice waterfall views, trailheads for more legitimate hiking trails, and likely several very friendly deer waiting to be fed by tourists (don't do it!). Overall, a very picturesque park filled with mature rhododendrons and evergreen trees.

7 months ago

Great, easy walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome falls

hiking
10 months ago

Autumn colors are on full display right now and looking lovely as ever. This was a very easy walk in the woods, mostly stairs.

hiking
10 months ago

Decent view mostly steps.

10 months ago

Short, mostly steps, easy. Beautiful falls

nature trips
10 months ago

love the falls!

hiking
11 months ago

A beautiful short hike to see the waterfall. A nice way to stretch our legs after the 3.5 hour drive to WV - enjoy the scenery, then go on one of the other trails for a longer hike

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Beautiful view of the falls. Easy trail and easy terrain.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nice views of falls. Short. Boardwalk hike. Had whole place to ourselves on a thurs am 8:00

Friday, June 30, 2017

Fun family outing! Great for all ages!

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

This is a beautiful state park where the main attraction is the waterfalls at the head of the gorge but with several viewing overlooks nearby. Follow the park signs to the falls and park in the paved parking lot. You'll hear the falls from there. Walk to the lowest point of the parking lot where you'll see the trail leading down to the falls. Although it's a gradual descent, there are stairs so it's not handicapped accessible. However, there is a handicapped accessible viewpoint near the lodge on the north side or the gorge. The trail down to the falls is a long set of wooden steps providing several good viewpoints for photography. The lowest viewing area is near the base of the falls where you'll feel the mist. Other viewpoints along the gorge include Pendleton Point (paved parking lot with 1 minute walk to view), behind the Blackwater Lodge (3 minute walk to view), and Lindy Point Overlook (15 minute walk to the view). This is an excellent park for those who like waterfalls and gorge views but can't or don't want to walk very far.

walking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

my gps went down as i came within thirty miles out, and so i had to rely on my instincts.

which meant i stopped and asked for directions. but, awesome place.

and there's definitely an interesting read listed on the little kiosk they have just before the water fall.

Friday, May 26, 2017

More of a little walk then of a hike but the waterfall is very beautiful

walking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Not a hike - just a little walk. Beautiful view of the falls, though!

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Short hike down stairs to a great view of Blackwater Falls.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pretty. Nowhere to hike really.

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