Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Blackwater Falls State Park

   The Blackwater River twists and winds its way through the valleys of West Virginia’s mountains before entering the park and tumbling 62 feet over a rocky shelf. Spring rainfall makes an impressive show. The fall flow is kind of skimpy but still pretty.

   The state park has a campground with 65 sites, restrooms, showers, washers and dryers, and a dump station. 30 of the campsites have electricity. There’s also a lodge with all of the usual amenities plus 26 small cabins and 13 four bedroom cabins. Eighteen short trails can be combined to make challenging hikes.
  The Gentle Trail, a quarter of a mile in length, is the only accessible trail. It’s paved and leads to an overlook of the falls. The pavement, where it meets the viewing deck, is a little rough but still doable.
   The campground has three sites designated as accessible. The parking pads are wide and the sites are close to accessible restrooms and showers but the tables do not have extended tops. Park  39.11528, -79.48972

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