Blackwater Falls is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked 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 walking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

nature trips

walking

forest

paved

views

waterfall

7 days ago

The falls were flowing great this past Saturday. This is definitely a walk, even a stroll. Took us 5 minutes each way. It was a beautiful and quick stop for some pretty cool falls. Would do again.

hiking
21 days ago

These falls were awesome. wooded steps down to platforms made it easy. Wish we couldve walk along the river more.

1 month ago

A great family hiking trail with beautiful views of the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely fairly easy

2 months ago

Twelve of us stopped here on our way back from Seneca Rocks to Yough Lake. We’d already hiked all day, so we were pretty spent. That being said, this was definitely a walk, not a hike. It was almost completely stairs, and remember that you have to come back up after going down. I agree with the many reviewers who call this moderate, not easy. We had changed out of hiking shoes and into flip flops, and for some, that was a mistake. There were two viewing platforms along the boardwalk, and the falls were beautiful. I now understand why they’re on every postcard and magnet in every WV gift shop.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

4 months 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
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Great walk

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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
9 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.

11 months ago

Great, easy walk.

hiking
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Awesome falls

hiking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

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
Thursday, October 05, 2017

Decent view mostly steps.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Short, mostly steps, easy. Beautiful falls

nature trips
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

love the falls!

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

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.

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