Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most photographed areas around the state. The falls are part of the Blackwater River, which has amber colored water plunging five stories and twisting through an 8-mile-long gorge. There are numerous lookout points to view not only the river and the falls, but also the half mile wide canyon.
Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the amber waters of Blackwater Falls, a 57-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls, the main attraction of Blackwater Falls State Park, are accessible from steps and several viewing platforms that allow visitors to enjoy scenic views year-round. Blackwater Falls, and nearby Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. The park offers lodging and many outdoor recreational opportunities.
Blackwater Falls Cabins
Blackwater Falls State Park has 26 vacation cabins in a wooded area, about a mile from the lodge and not far from the Sled Run. These cabins offer real peace and quiet. The park’s 13 Vacation Cabins sit on the north side of the park, down the road from the famous Blackwater Falls. Whichever area you choose to stay in, you won’t be far from the fun. And if you enjoy traveling with your animal companion, Blackwater Falls State Park even has 10 pet-friendly cabins.
Cabins are available year-round. Check in begins at 4 p.m., and check out is by 10 a.m. for all cabins.
Classic cabins are of wood frame construction and feature various room and bedding arrangements. They have fully equipped kitchens, linen service, bathrooms with showers, wood paneled walls, open fireplaces. Forced air heat and air conditioning is available in some cabins. Other amenities vary park to park.
Southside Cabin Area (View Map)
- Water and electric
- Completely furnished
- Flat-screen television
- Bath with shower
Blackwater Falls State Park has 13 four-bedroom, two-bath, vacation style cottages located on the Northside Cabin Area. These units include a combo washer-dryer, dishwasher, gas fireplace, and porches for forest views. They are located near Pendleton Point and the nature center. All cabins at Blackwater Falls State Park are year-round favorites.
Northside Cabin Area (View Map)
- Water and electric
- Four rooms
- Two full bathrooms
- Gas fireplace
- Full kitchen with dishwasher
- Laundry machines
- Flat-screen television
- Wireless Internet
Blackwater Falls Camping
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. This area is one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. Campers visiting the park can enjoy activities like hiking, biking, fishing and so much more.
Campground Seasons & Dates
- The campground is open spring through fall, weather permitting
- Campsites can be reserved online at any time, by phone or at the campground office
- Reservations may be made for no less than two consecutive nights on weekends (Fri., Sat.) or one night during the week (Sun.-Thurs.)
- Visitors may book a maximum of 14 consecutive nights
- The campground is home to 65 total tent and trailer sites
- 30 of the sites include an electric hookup
- The park features a centrally-located bathhouse with hot showers, a laundromat and a dumping station
Blackwater Falls Lodge
Located on Blackwater Canyon’s south rim, the lodge at Blackwater Falls State Park offers 54 comfortable rooms with sweeping views of the densely forested gorge below. Built in the 1950s, this lodge predates its sister lodge at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, about 20 minutes away, and has a smaller, quieter atmosphere. All lodge rooms have been extensively renovated, but the mid-century architecture conveys a sense of history and blends in with the natural surroundings. The view of the Blackwater Canyon from the back patio is almost as breathtaking as the park’s famous waterfalls.
Lodge Amenities and Park Attractions
- The Smokehouse -full-service restaurant & Trading Post snack bar
- Conference facilities for up to 200 guests
- Indoor pool & hot tub
- Fitness room
- Game room
- Tennis and game courts
- Paddle boats, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards
- Winter sled run
- Nature Center
- Seasonal beach with lake swimming
- Cross-country skiing
- Electronic vehicle servicing equipment
- Check in: 4 p.m. | Check-out: 11 a.m.