About Blackwater Falls State Park
Drive In, Walk In, Boat In
Blackwater Falls State Park is located in West Virginia
13 Reviews of Blackwater Falls State Park
This is one of my favorite places to visit!! Everything you could want to do in the great outdoors is right here !! Mountain biking hiking fishing
This was our first stay in a state park campground in West Virginia and it was a great stay. Arrived during a steady downpour and rented a cabin for the first night but camped the second night. Two loops - one with electric sites and one without. Very reasonable rates - $25 for electric ($22.50 with senior discount) plus you don’t need a state parks sticker as you do for other states. Rates are also the same for residents and non-residents. Not all sites are level and some are very close together (which would be good for people camping together). Inside sites have no privacy between them; some of the outside sites have some trees offering privacy. Flush toilets and showers plus coin laundry. Bathrooms were clean but although the showers appeared to have new shower heads, they were a bit sketchy looking (shower shoes would be a definite). Very limited cell service but WiFi is available in the lodge and cabins. Great hiking trails.
This campground is the highest in West Virginia, it has a total of 65 campsites 30 of which are electric and 35 are non-electric. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit, most of the campsites are open and have little privacy from neighbors. No tent pads, but no more than two tents permitted (but may be charged for the second tent). It has a bath house with hot showers, flush toilets, and coin laundry. There is a dumping station. Reservations can be made by phone or at campground registration but is otherwise first come-first serve. Pets are permitted. The sites are $25 a night.
The park has tons of hiking trails to choose from and two viewable waterfalls. There is a lake that is open to swimming, volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts are in the vicinity as well. Fishing is a large draw as well to this area, both catch and release and catch and keep permitted on the Blackwater River.
Campsites are pretty close together, there's a middle ground between sites where it may feel like people encroaching on your site. It's isolated from the city, though, so stargazing is a huge plus. Either bring firewood or buy it, they don't allow collecting, not that there's much to collect anyway.
They advertise reservable sites, but it's first come first serve. They also only allow 1 tent per site, more than 1 person is charged additionally.
Showed up at 6pm on the Friday before Memorial Day and was able to get a site with at least one side of privacy. The campground has hot showers and potable palatable water. The park has really fun Mountain biking, hiking, falls viewing, kayaking on the lake options for keeping entertained. Speaking of entertainment, Davis and Thomas are both cute towns with options for those who need a like structure and chatting. I've heard it rains in the Spring every night so be prepared for water.
This campground is perhaps a little more unstructured than some others that I have been to. Some of the sites seem to kind of run together, which could be nice if you are in a group with multiple sites. We reserved two sites but used them as one. There were lots of nice hiking paths in the area and the waterfall is gorgeous with great access via wide, wooden stairs. Bathhouse was clean if not incredibly modern.
They were very strict about dogs making ANY noise. Ranger pulled up in a truck and sat there just kinda standing at the edge of our site and staring at our group for several minutes, which of course caused a dog that was in our group to bark. We were warned to keep the dog quiet. (Admittedly, the dog (not mine) was barking a bit, although not that excessively and it was not late at night.
Our site was near the edge of the campground, which is basically a large grassy area with a bathroom in the middle of the loop. It didn't provide much shade (though some sites are more shaded) but it was good for watching a storm roll in and stargazing at night. The bathrooms aren't anything to write home about, but they were kept clean by the park employees. There's plenty to do in the park including walking down the steps to view its namesake waterfall, and hikes to beautiful views of the gorge. Make time to drive to nearby Thomas and visit the Purple Fiddle for a drink or ice cream while listening to live music. A slightly longer drive will take you to Seneca Rocks, a steep hike to exposed rocks with beautiful views. The park is also a good base for high pointers seeking to bag Mt. Davis, PA; Backbone Mt., MD; and Spruce Knob, WV- the highest points in the three states.
Sites are nice and clean - great, easily accessible, beautiful waterfalls!
Great place for a day trip. The falls are beautiful, the trails are nice. Good place to have a picnic and spend the day.