Superior fishing and camping opportunities in Spring, cool mountain air in the Summer, snowy wonderland in Winter, exceptional scenic vistas in Fall. Make your trip to Blackwater Falls State Park an affordable, family adventure anytime of year!!
Over ten miles of park trails can be enjoyed by beginning as well as more experienced cross country skiers. Many of these are groomed and maintained specifically for cross country skiing. A full service cross country ski center offers ski lessons and equipment rental. The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th.Download a trail map for skiing trails.
The sledding hill is one-quarter mile. The hill is groomed and maintained for sledding. Sleds are available for rent at the cross country ski center. The Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center are open from mid-December through March 15th. The rope tow is not operating and a ‘people mover’ is under construction. For sled run and x-c ski and rental hours, click here.
The park offers over 20 miles of hiking trails. Map and trail guides are available which will assist guests in planning ahike of the right length andduration. Download a trail map of hiking trails.
The park naturalist offers a variety of programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Also, programs and tours can be arranged for groups. These are available year round. Call ahead to 1-800-CALL-WVA and ask to speak to Blackwater Falls Naturalists.
The Nature Center is open daily from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. The Nature Center offers displays, programs and information on the park's natural resources. View our activities schedule
Boating is offered at Pendleton Lake from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Game courts and equipment such as tennis, volleyball and basketball are also available during the summer months. Come enjoy the waters of Pendleton Lake, beginning Memorial Day Weekend. Daily 10AM - 6PM.
Blackwater Lodge has a small indoor pool for registered Lodge and Cabin Guests. Registered Campground guests may use the pool for a nominal fee. At nearby Canaan Valley Resort, a large outdoor heated pool is open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Pendleton Lake no longer offers outdoor swimming.
The Blackwater River is stocked weekly with trout from early spring through early summer. The section of the Blackwater River that runs through the park is a catch and release area. It is stocked regularly with trout. Fishing is also allowed at Pendleton Lake. Proper license and stamps are required.