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BLACKWATER FALLS STATE PARK TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS

ALLEGHENY TRAIL

Distance: Inside Blackwater Falls boundaries – 1.2 miles.
Blaze: Yellow (yellow square)
Rating:  Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advanced; Bicycling – intermediate.

The Allegheny Trail leaves the park to the north at the park entrance road off state Route 32 and to the south at the riding stables. Overnight parking at the Lodge only; register at the lodge front desk.  The 300-mile Allegheny Trail's northern terminus is on the West Virginia – Pennsylvania boarder near Bruceton Mills.  Its southern terminus, when completed, will be at the Appalachian Trail on Peters Mountain, north of Pearisburg, Virginia.  The Allegheny Trail is marked by 2"x6" yellow blazes.

BALANCED ROCK TRAIL

Distance: 1 mile.
Blaze: Orange (orange square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advanced.

Balanced Rock Trail begins at the main park road across for Elakala Trail, crosses Shay Trace then Red Spruce Trail and continues south to Balanced Rock and ends at the cabin road near Cabin 13. The balanced rock is one large sandstone boulder appearing as a large rock balanced on a smaller rock.

BALSAM FIR TRAIL

Distance: 1.5 miles.
Blaze: Blue (blue square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advanced; Bicycling – intermediate.

Balsam Fir Trail begins at the basketball court near the nature center and winds through beech and maple grove and passes through a stand of balsam fir.  It then loops back to the Recreation Building by way of the campground.

BLACKWATER  FALLS BOARDWALK (Main Access).

Distance: .25 mile.
Rating: Hiking only - intermediate to difficult.

Walk form the Trading Post parking area down a series of trails to a stone patio and boardwalk consisting of more than 200 steps winding down to an observation deck beside Blackwater Falls and is the main viewing area.

CHERRY LANE

Distance: 1 mile.
Blaze: Yellow (yellow  square)
Rating: Hiking – beginner: X-C skiing – intermediate to advanced.

Cherry Lane begins at the park road before Cabin 1, intersects Shay Trace and continues to the cul-de-sac on the cabin road at Cabin 26.  A trailhead also exists at Cabin 24.

DOBBIN HOUSE TRAIL

Distance: .75 mile.
Blaze: Yellow (yellow square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing-intermediate to advanced; Bicycling – beginner to intermediate.

Dobbin House Trail leaves the nature center via the maintenance road across the dam of Pendleton Lake and connects to other trails that are a part of the Monongahela National Forest Trail system.

DAVIS TRAIL

Distance: .25 miles.
Blaze: White (White square)
Rating: Hiking – beginner; X-C skiing – beginner; Bicycling – beginner.
(*Note – the Davis Trail becomes increasingly difficult outside Blackwater Falls SP to a rating of advanced).

Davis Trail begins at the barn and leads to a large network of trails in the Monongahela National Forest.

ELAKALA TRAIL

Distance: .50 mile.
Blaze: Red (red square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate;

Elakala Trail starts at the south end of Blackwater Lodge, bridges the upper section with an excellent view of Elakala Falls, continues along the canyon rim and ends at the main park road across from the Balance Rock Trail.

GEE HAW TRAIL (Ski Trail only)

Distance: .50 mile.
Blaze: Blue (blue diamond)
Rating: Skiing – beginner to intermediate.

Gee Haw Trail connects the Recreation Building w/ Spudder Track and provided a link in the beginner cross country ski loop.

GENTLE TRAIL

Distance: .25 mile.
Rating: Hiking – beginner;

The Gentle Trail is a short, accessible paved path to an observation deck overlooking Blackwater Falls. The Gentle Trail is a short, paved accessible path to an observation deck overlooking Blackwater Falls.  This trail begins at the Gentle Trail parking area across from the Service Area and ends at the observation deck.  It is an out and back trail with a resting bench halfway.

LINDY POINT TRAIL

Distance: .37 miles.
Blaze: Red (red square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advanced; Bicycling-intermediate.

Lindy Point is a popular trail and scenic overlook for all seasons. Lindy Points is at 3,047 feet and overlooks Blackwater Canyon; Lindy Point has a small parking area just one mile below the sled run area; in winter, guests ski to the overlook (1.37 mi).

PASE POINT TRAIL

Distance: .70 mile.
Blaze: Red (red square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advance; Bicycling – intermediate.

Extension of the Dobbin House trail through mixed hardwoods and rhododendron to Pase Point, a rock outcropping overlooking the North Fork of the Blackwater River.

PENDLETON TRACE (Ski Trail only)

Distance: .25 mile.
Blaze: Blue (blue square).
Rating: X-C skiing: beginner to intermediate.

Pendleton Trace connects the Nature Center with the North Rim Road.

RED SPRUCE TRAIL

Distance: 1.25 miles.
Blaze: Red (red square)
Rating: Hiking; Intermediate to advance for X-C skiing.

Red Spruce Trail originates at the barn and winds through stands of spruce and hemlock and ends on the park road at the entrance to the Southside cabin area.  In winter, Red Spruce is a primary X-C ski trail

RHODODENDRON TRAIL

Distance: .50 mile.
Blaze: White (white square)
Rating: Hiking – beginner; X-X skiing – intermediate.

Rhododendron Trail starts near Cabin 9, travels through mixed hemlock and hardwoods then connects with Balanced Rock Trail near Cabin 13.

RIVER ROAD TRAIL

Distance: 1.56 miles.
Blaze: Red (red square)
Rating: Hiking – beginner to intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate; Bicycling – beginner to intermediate

The River Road Trail begins at the service area road, where Yellow Birch Trail ends. It is an old railroad grade; a direct link into the Town of Davis; meanders 1.56 miles along the Blackwater River; provides fishing opportunities and access. Some vehicle traffic occurs.

SHAY TRACE

Distance: .75 miles.
Blaze: Blue (blue square)
Rating: Hiking – beginner to intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advanced.

Shay Trace starts just past the lodge at Shay Run, crosses Red Spruce Trail, the cabin area road, Cherry Lane Trail and goes onto the base at the sled run. Yield to Sled Run activities.

SPUDDER TRACK (Ski Trail only)

Distance: .50 mile.
Blaze: Blue (blue square)
Rating: Skiing – beginner to intermediate.

Spudder Track is accessed by Gee Haw from the nature center and the North Rim Road at either end.

WATERTANK TRAIL

Distance: .25 miles.
Blaze: Green (green square)
Rating:  Advance X-C skiing.

Begins across from the lodge near the supply building and forms a "T" intersection with Red Spruce Trail. Watertank Trail follows a steep uphill grade

YELLOW BIRCH TRAIL

Distance: 1 mile.
Blaze: Yellow (yellow  square)
Rating: Hiking – intermediate; X-C skiing – intermediate to advance; Bicycling – intermediate.

Yellow Birch Trail begins at near the lodge entrance, crosses the Davis Trail near the barn and continues to the service area road.

ITEMS OF NOTE WHEN HIKING OR WALKING TRAILS

Trail distance noted is one way unless indicated.  Double the distance to hike one trail or add distances together when planning a multi-trail excursion.

Study shoes and socks are advised.  Blackwater Falls receives annual precipitation of high levels.  Trail surfaces can be uneven, strewn with roots, rocks and often wet or damp.

Carry a flashlight from May – September when hiking after 4:00 p.m. – October – April when hiking after 3:00 p.m.

Cell phones sometimes will not receive signal, but often will a short distance away.  Carry your cell phone with you in case of emergency.

Hike with a friend, relative or on planned hikes conducted at the park.  It's more fun and a lot safer than hiking alone.  Always let someone know where you plan to go. Feel free to stop at the front desk and leave your plans with us.

Please stay on marked trails.  Cliff edges exist with the park boundaries that have sudden and steep drops.

Trail ratings provided are for an average person.  They may not fit your exact requirement or abilities. This information serves as guides only.

Box lunches are available through the park restaurant if orders are placed in advance. 
Certain trail user fees are charged on rentals of bicycles and X-C ski equipment.

Trails are closed to bicycles unless otherwise noted.

Wearing brightly color clothing is recommended during hunting seasons when using trail that border the Monongahela National Forest and private property.

Please remember, 'Leave no trace."

Trail volunteers are welcome and encouraged.  Much of the trail work is completed by park volunteers.  Contact the park office to become a volunteer.

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