CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — State officials Wednesdayannounced the launch of the West Virginia Waterfall Trail.
The trail is intended to target “travelers looking to get off the beaten path, reconnect with nature, and unearth more than two dozen waterfalls for a chance to win exclusive prizes,” according to a news release.
“We are blessed to be able to enjoy beauty beyond all comparison in West Virginia, and our waterfalls are no different,” Gov. Jim Justice said. “I encourage all West Virginians to get involved with this fun initiative and I thank our Tourism department for the great work they’re doing to help people rediscover their love for the magnificent outdoors in our great state.”
The trail includes well-known landmarks, like Blackwater and Sandstone falls, but also features some hidden gems, officials said.
While more than 200 waterfalls can be found across the Mountain State, the new trail initially points people in the direction of nearly 30 sites.
The West Virginia Department of Tourism will reward waterfall chasers with exclusive gear as they follow the trail. People who check in at three or more waterfalls will receive a custom sticker, those who check-in at 10 or more waterfalls will get an aluminum water bottle, while adventurers who visit 20 or more waterfalls and receive a “waterfall wanderer” t-shirt.
The way it works is that you download a digital passport to your smartphone and then “check-in” to each spot as you visit. If there’s spotty cell coverage near the out-of-the-way waterfall you stopped at, you have a 50-mile leeway to get checked in, tourism officials said.
The passports reset each Dec. 31.
An interactive map of the different waterfalls is below.