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Day Trip: Blackwater Falls

By Staff | Jul 8, 2016

Editor’s Note: This is a continuing series on local places of interest to visit for little or no cost.

It is a beautiful drive through the state of West Virginia. There are many state and national parks to visit. This week, we focus on Blackwater Falls State Park.

The park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge.

According to the park’s website, the “black” water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia.

For those who wish to stay in the park, Blackwater lodge, cabins and restaurant are open year-round and welcome visitors to enjoy winter sled riding, spring greening, cool summer evenings and autumn foliage.

Neighboring ski resorts offer activities in all seasons. If you are not into skiing, visit in the off season and ride the ski lift to the top.

The views are spectacular.

Also available are zip lines, horse-back riding and even more.

Davis is located in the northern portion of the Canaan Valley,near the Canaan Valley State Resort Park, and is partially surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest.

At an elevation of 3,100 feet, Davis has the highest elevation of any West Virginia town.

While a day trip is possible, it is often much more enjoyable to stay awhile.

A great choice is the Canaan Valley Resort, situated in one of the most scenic and tranquil settings in the Mid-Atlantic, with unlimited recreation and family-focused activities, Canaan Valley Resort is a four-season mountain destination providing the perfect escape from daily life. Fifteen miles long by three miles wide, Canaan Valley is the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. Canaan Valley Resort is nestled on a plateau overlooking the valley, offering sweeping views of the surrounding peaks.

Timberline Resort is another possible place to stay overnight. It offers great accommodations and multiple activities for any time of year.

Whether you travel for just a day, a weekend or even a week-long trip, there are not many places more beautiful than scenic Tucker County in the heart of West Virginia.