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Wild & Wonderful West Virginia: Blackwater Falls State Park


Black water may not bring pictures of beauty to your mind. But employees at Blackwater Falls State Park say it’s the black water that attracts most guests. 

Park Activities Coordinator Paulita Cousin said the most unique thing about this park is the black water from the many waterfalls throughout the park. 

“The most unique thing is our waterfalls and having the botanic acid give us the color of the water,” said Cousin. 

Park Superintendent Mathew Baker said the water comes from the trees throughout the park. 

“The water that goes over the falls has this coffee colored tent to it, and that color is from the tannic acids from the spruce and hemlock trees in the valley, and when it comes out there it stays that brown color,” said Baker. 

According to employees, the black water is one of the main reasons this park is one of the most photographed throughout the state.  

But it’s not just the black water falls that attracts guests to this park. The park also offers a variety of outdoor activities. 

“We have boating here at Pendleton Lake, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and we also have the stand-up paddle boards,” said Baker.

Employees said along with the water rentals, the most popular activity throughout the park is the 25 miles of scenic hiking trails, which can also be seen on daily adventure guides.   

“I am someone who will take you out and interpret nature for you. I tell people along the way a little something about the plants and animals, if we encounter them,maybe something that they didn’t know,” said Cousin.

“We have numerous trails where you hike out to a destination to a view of the canon and things like that. And so it’s all about just getting people connected with the outdoors, get them to disconnect from the electronics and the modern amenities and just come outside and enjoy it,” said Baker.

Blackwater Falls is a four season state park that will be offering all summer activities from now until Labor Day. 

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