Sandy, Sandy, Sandy
Superstorm Sandy hit much of West Virginia on October 29, 2012 and clobbered many of West Virginia’s state parks. Blackwater Falls was not spared. The lodge and cabin electric and structural repairs were restored within several weeks following the storm, but the boardwalk remains a victim. Deep snow and freezing temperatures prohibited boardwalk restoration during the winter and into much of spring. However, with spring breaking, work renewed and rebuilding the Blackwater Falls boardwalk resumed and repaired.
These images illustrate boardwalk conditions. Watch the transformation. We’ll post images as work progresses. The boardwalk reopened on May 4, 2013. Your good luck wishes were appreciated.
What visitors can anticipate.
- A boardwalk area open to visitors, however slash, fallen timber and limb debris remains present.
- Please observe any signage and cooperate with worker advisories. Safety is first and foremost.
- There were three areas of massive damage to the railing and one area of damage to the boardwalk.
- Work on clearing and rebuilding the boardwalk as far as the first landing was the first phase.
- Once the trees are trimmed, and debris and deck removal occurs support frame damages and of the areas above the boardwalk will be assessed as work proceeds.
- The boardwalk repair allows visitors to enjoy the iconic views of Blackwater Falls and now the new opportunity to observe nature mending storm wounds.