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West Virginia Things to Do

Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls is widely regarded as one of West Virginia’s most photographed spots, and for good reason. This 57-foot waterfall takes its name from the tinted water that cascades down. While the falls are the area’s main attraction, Blackwater Falls State Park has several attractions and things to do. The area also hosts weekly events, including group hikes, holiday events, get-togethers, and more.

Discover our Blackwater Falls cabins with hot tubs and the many things to do in Blackwater Falls below!

Blackwater Falls Cabins

Our cabins near Blackwater Falls are spacious, cozy, and include all of the features of home and then some. Relax by the stone fireplace, whip up a home-cooked meal in the full kitchen, and enjoy the picturesque scenery from the outdoor balcony of any of our West Virginia cabins.

Whether you’re visiting on a romantic honeymoon or spending a getaway with the family or friends, Harman’s has several cabins to fit your needs. Select from our 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom cabins, each providing similar and unique comforts. Each cabin includes a private outdoor hot tub and guests are only steps away from the North Fork River, on-site hiking trails, and much more.

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Blackwater Falls Things to Do

Hiking & Biking

Blackwater Falls State Park features over 20 miles of hiking trails and several miles of bike trails for visitors to enjoy. The difficulty of the trails ranges from easy to difficult with distances as short as a quarter of a mile to nearly two miles long. No matter the trail you select to hike, you’re bound to discover stunning views of the area and discover local creatures.

Learn more about West Virginia hiking at Harman’s Log Cabins or consider taking a West Virginia waterfalls road trip that includes Blackwater Falls.


Blackwater Falls has several great fishing spots where you can catch bluegill, trout, catfish, and bass at Pendleton Lake. Fish along the Blackwater River for trout that is stocked in the spring and summer.

Learn more about West Virginia fishing.


Enjoy some time out on the water at Pendleton Lake. Whether you choose to boat, kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard, there are rentals available so you can enjoy the beautiful West Virginia scenery.

Outdoor Adventures

Blackwater Falls State Park has several sports courts and equipment available to visitors. Enjoy a game of tennis, volleyball, and basketball during the summer. Skiing is a popular activity in the winter with toboggan and cross country skiing, and snowshoe rentals are available at the nearby warming hut. The park also offers seasonal programs for visitors in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. 


Blackwater Falls is a popular spot for geocaching enthusiasts, with multiple cache spots throughout the park. Geocaching is a great way to not only discover treasures and rewards left by other geocachers, but it also provides a new way of discovering new locations and places you may have never thought of traversing. The requirements are simple: a smartphone and a sense of discovery!

Blackwater Falls Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to go to Blackwater Falls?
Entry into Blackwater Falls State Park is free.
How many waterfalls are at Blackwater Falls?
There are several waterfalls throughout the park. The three most popular waterfalls are the Great Falls, Elakala Falls and Pendleton Falls.
How long of a hike is Blackwater Falls?
The shortest hike to Blackwater Falls is the Gentle Trail. This trail is 0.25 miles and can be easily trekked by all ages. It can be easily accessed from the parking lot near the maintenance area of the park.
What will you see at Blackwater Falls?
Waterfalls that reach as high as 57 feet, lush forest with hemlock and red spruce trees, 20 miles of hiking trails, and dazzling views.
Are dogs allowed at Blackwater Falls State Park?
Yes, dogs are allowed at Blackwater Falls State Park. All pets must be leashed.
Why is the water black at Blackwater Falls?
The tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles gives the water of Blackwater Falls an amber-colored tint and its famous name.