Blackwater Falls State Park - Davis, WV - West Virginia State Parks

 
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Welcome to Blackwater Falls State Park
Blackwater Falls State 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. 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. 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. You’ll find good food, comfortable accommodations, and WiFi access if you must stay in touch while you're relaxing at Blackwater Falls. Our conference facilities host reunions, meetings and special occasions as well as catered banquets and receptions. The indoor guest pool and fitness center is popular with our guests. Tour buses are always impressed with the magnificent views found at the park in all seasons. There is ample parking and there are no entrance fees. The genuine hospitality you experience at Blackwater Falls is also found Canaan Valley area including the towns of  Davis and Thomas, W.Va.

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BLACKWATER FALLS CAMPGROUND
CamperBlackwater Falls State Park has a 65-unit tent and trailer campground with individual sites and a centrally located bathhouse with hot showers, Laundromat and a dumping station. A total of 30 sites have electric hookups. Campsite pedestals are 30 amp service.
The campground is open from the last weekend in April through October 31 annually with a maximum camping period of two weeks. Reservations are accepted for twenty of Blackwater Falls' campsites from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
One tent or camping unit per site.
Pets permitted on a leash
Ice and firewood sales
Playground located near Pendleton Lake Recreation Area
Bathhouse and shower facilities
Reservations available Memorial Day to Labor Day on twenty designated electric sites only

CABINS
Situated in a lovely wooded area about one mile from the lodge are 26 year-round vacation cabins. They are all made with handsome wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces and forced air furnaces for year-round comfort. Each cabin has a bath with shower and is completely furnished.
An additional 13 deluxe cabins are situated on the north side of the park. These cabins are all four bedroom units. There are 39 total cabins at Blackwater Falls State Park. For cabin bedding arrangements click here
Blackwater Falls State Park offers ten(10) pet friendly cabins available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call for details.

LODGE ROOMS
LodgeBlackwater Lodge sits on the canyon's south rim, providing a sweeping view of the densely forested gorge. Each of the 54 air-conditioned guest rooms has a private bath, phone and color television. The lodge also features a game room and a sitting room with a cozy fireplace. The new 200-seat Harr Conference Center and indoor pool make Blackwater Lodge a comfortable retreat in a mountain setting.
Guest Information: Blackwater Falls Lodge is a non-smoking facility.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Over ten miles of park trails can be enjoyed by beginning as well as more experienced cross country skiers. Many of these are groomed and maintained specifically for cross country skiing. A full service cross country ski center offers ski lessons and equipment rental. The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th.Download a trail map for skiing trails.

SLEDDING AT BLACKWATER FALLS
The Blackwater Falls Sled Run was opened in 1960, with a truck driven rope tow. SunKid Wonder Carpet conveyor was installed in 2013. The conveyor is 1400 feet in length and is believed to be the longest in North America. Snowmaking and lighting expands the outdoor experience in 2014/15 at the Sled Run. There is a warming hut where toboggans are rented, cross country skis and snowshoes are also available with lessons. The Warming Hut offers a full menu of hot drinks, homemade soups and hearty stews. A large fire ring is available and the park offers seasonal programs for our winter visitors in addition to spring, summer and fall guests. Blackwater Falls State Park has 54 lodge guest rooms and 39 guest cabins in a year round setting with over 150 inches of average annual snowfall.

HIKING
Hike a TrailThe park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails. Map and trail guides are available which will assist guests in planning ahike of the right length andduration.

NATURE AND REC ACTIVITIES
The park naturalist offers a variety of programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Also, programs and tours can be arranged for groups. These are available year round. Call ahead to 1-800-CALL-WVA and ask to speak to Blackwater Falls Naturalists.

NATURE CENTER
The Nature Center is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. The Nature Center offers displays, programs and information on the park's natural resources.

BOATING & GAME COURTS
Peddle Boat FunBoating is offered at Pendleton Lake from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Game courts and equipment such as tennis, volleyball and basketball are also available during the summer months. Come enjoy the waters of Pendleton Lake, beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Daily 10AM - 6PM.

SWIMMING
Blackwater Lodge has a small indoor pool for registered Lodge and Cabin Guests. Registered Campground guests may use the indoor pool for a nominal fee.
At nearby Canaan Valley Resort, a large outdoor heated pool is open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.
Swimming at Pendleton Lake returns in 2016. Please note that swimming in the lake is an unguarded swimming opportunity and at your own risk. Enjoy summer fun and play safely. Adults should always accompany children.

FISHING
The Blackwater River is stocked weekly with trout from early spring through early summer. The section of the Blackwater River that runs through the park is a catch and release area. It is stocked regularly with trout. Fishing is also allowed at Pendleton Lake. Proper license and stamps are required.

DINING
The lodge restaurant is open daily year round and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving the best regional fare, where "the dining rivals the view." A well-rounded menu is available and buffets are offered during peak seasons and holiday weekends.
The restaurant can cater banquets, receptions and barbecues for special groups such as business meetings, family reunions and weddings. Click for Dining page.

GIFT SHOPS
Two gift shops are located on Blackwater Falls State Park. Both gift shops offer a variety of souvenirs, T-shirts, toys, jewelry, West Virginia Glass and other items. The gift shop located at Blackwater Falls Lodge near the front desk is open daily, year round. The Trading Post is located at the Falls parking area.

PICNIC SHELTERS
Shelters are ideal to rent for reunions, family outings, catered functions, parties, and cookouts. Shelters are available for reservation during the summer season. Reservations are recommended for summer weekends and holidays. Call ahead, reservations are first-come, first -served.

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