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Things to Do

Sled runSuperior 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 any time 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 Blackwater Falls Sled Run was opened in 1960, with a truck driven rope tow.  SunKid Wonder Carpet conveyor was installed in 2013. The conveyor is 1400 feet in length and is believed to be the longest in North America. Snowmaking and lighting expands the outdoor experience in 2014/15 at the Sled Run.  There is a warming hut where toboggans are rented, cross country skis and snowshoes are also available with lessons. The Warming Hut offers a full menu of hot drinks, homemade soups and hearty stews. A large fire ring is available and the park offers seasonal programs for our winter visitors in addition to spring, summer and fall guests. Blackwater Falls State Park has 54 lodge guest rooms and 39 guest cabins in a year round setting with over 150 inches of average annual snowfall.


Hike a TrailThe 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


Peddle Boat FunBoating 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 indoor 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.

Swimming at Pendleton Lake returns in 2016.  Please note that swimming in the lake is an unguarded swimming opportunity and at your own risk.  Enjoy summer fun and play safely.  Adults should always accompany children.


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.


The lodge restaurant is open daily year round and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving the best regional fare, where "the dining rivals the view." A well-rounded menu is available and buffets are offered during peak seasons and holiday weekends.

The restaurant can cater banquets, receptions and barbecues for special groups such as business meetings, family reunions and weddings. Click for Dining page.


Two gift shops are located on Blackwater Falls State Park. Both gift shops offer a variety of souvenirs, T-shirts, toys, jewelry, West Virginia Glass and other items. The gift shop located at Blackwater Falls Lodge near the front desk is open daily, year round. The Trading Post is located at the Falls parking area.


Shelters are ideal to rent for reunions, family outings, catered functions, parties, and cookouts. Shelters are available for reservation during the summer season. Reservations are recommended for summer weekends and holidays. Call ahead, reservations are first-come, first -served.


The towns of Thomas and Davis are home to art and craft stores and centers, eateries, entertainment, and antiquing. The lodge maintains literature for area attractions that are nearby.


Canaan Valley Resort State Park is less than twenty minutes from Blackwater Falls. Blackwater Falls guests have a short drive to some of the best skiing you’ll find in the United States, tubing park and ice skating in winter months.

Canaan also sports one of West Virginia’s best 18-hole golf courses.

The Canaan Valley area is known for its diverse flora and fauna. The climate and topography is this area creates an ecosystem that supports species not normally found. The proximity of Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley to Dolly Sods, Mt. Storm, and other scenic attractions compliment both state parks. Guests will confirm, at trip to Blackwater Falls and the Canaan Valley area is wonderful.


Blackwater Falls Lodge became a non-smoking facility March 2009


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