Blackwater Falls State Park RV & Campground Guide

West Virginia

Blackwater Falls State Park

spans 2,300 acres in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, boasting thick forests of red spruce and eastern hemlock that line the Blackwater River and turn its waters black with their fallen needles. As the Blackwater River flows from Canaan Valley into Blackwater Canyon, it creates Blackwater Falls, a 62-foot cascade that is the centerpiece of the park, as well as the state’s most photographed spot. Sought out by adventurers since the 1800s, this area was established as a state park in 1937 when the West Virginia Power and Transmission Company donated about 450 acres around the Blackwater Canyon. 

Visitors can hike and bike over 20 miles of trails that pass through beech and maple groves, along the edge of the Blackwater Canyon, and by the amber waters of Blackwater River. Viewing platforms give visitors the chance to take in scenic views year-round, including stunning views of Blackwater Falls and Blackwater Canyon. In the summer, the cool waters of Pendleton Lake and Blackwater River are ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating, while snowy winters are perfect for cross-country skiing and sledding across rugged terrain and steep slopes.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, come to this park to explore the natural beauty of Blackwater Falls and the Allegheny Mountains. Read further to discover what you can do in and around Blackwater Falls State Park if you plan your next trip here.

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Weather
Spring 37-57 F
Summer 58-75 F
Fall 42-59 F
Winter 20-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Blackwater Falls State Park

When considering where to stay, you might research hotels, cabins, and tent camping, but have you considered an RV? RVing is a convenient way to enjoy state parks — you can spend more time in nature without forgoing amenities like a refrigerator, comfortable bed, and A/C. If you don’t own an RV, don’t sweat it. RVshare makes it easy to find RV rentals near your home or travel destination. Near Blackwater Falls State Park, you can find RVs in Davis and Morgantown and stay in campgrounds nearby, including:

Blackwater Falls State Park Campground

Take in the fresh mountain air and spectacular sights by staying on-site at Blackwater Falls State Park. Open from late April through October, the campground has 65 camping sites in an idyllic, peaceful area with easy access to the rest of the park. Rates are $26 per night with electrical hookup.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes (limited)
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathhouse, hot showers, laundromat, playground, sports fields, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, restaurant on-site, snack bar, ice and firewood for sale, dumping station

Rest Rite Campground

Located just outside Blackwater Falls State Park, this campground offers a mix of shaded and sunny camping spots with full hookups available. While close to town and local attractions, this campground is quiet and secluded, allowing visitors the chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Call for rates at 304-259-5579.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathhouse, hot showers, picnic tables, fire pits, free shuttle to park

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What to Do at
Blackwater Falls State Park

Inside Blackwater Falls State Park

While Blackwater Falls are the main attraction for visitors, there’s more to discover over the 2,300 acres of Blackwater Falls State Park. The Allegheny Mountains are known for their forests of eastern hemlock, red spruce, balsam fir, and mountain ash and the park’s many trails pass under their verdant canopies, punctuated by viewing platforms of the deep clefts of Blackwater Canyon and the cascading waterfalls of Blackwater River.

Diverse flora and fauna find their home in the area, and the park’s Nature Center hosts many programs where visitors can learn more about them including bird walks, guided hikes, and nature presentations. 

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Bird Watching - Known as a top place for bird watching, birding enthusiasts can observe and listen to birds that live in and migrate to the park including wood thrush, eagles, osprey, and owls.

Hiking and Mountain Biking - Explore over 20 miles of multi-use trails varying in length and intensity. Check out Blackwater Falls by hiking the steep Blackwater Falls Boardwalk Trail or taking Gentle Trail for an easier path. The Lindy Point Trail leads to Lindy Point overlook for excellent views into Blackwater Canyon.

Swimming and Boating - During the hot summer months, take a refreshing swim in Pendleton Lake or head out onto the lake in a boat. Equipment rentals are available for canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and paddle boats. 

Fishing - Fishing opportunities abound in Pendleton Lake, where you can catch bass, catfish and trout, and Blackwater River, which is stocked with trout in the spring and summer. You must have a valid West Virginia fishing license.

Sledding and Skiing - Snow turns the park into a winter wonderland each year. Rent toboggans and sled down Blackwater Falls Sled Run or check out skis and snowshoes for cross-country skiing. Thaw out at the Warming Hut with hot drinks and hearty stews after playing in the snow. 

Outside Blackwater Falls State Park

The fun never really stops around here, whether you’re in Blackwater Falls State Park or venturing into nearby Davis and Tucker. These charming small towns have unique stores for window shopping and treasure hunting and restaurants with live entertainment and delicious fare, plus more opportunities to explore the natural wonders of the Allegheny Mountains.

Restaurants

The Smokehouse

Located in the park’s lodge, this restaurant serves regional fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while overlooking the vast beauty of Blackwater Canyon. Try local favorites like brisket, pork belly burger, and maple glazed salmon for a delicious meal with unbeatable views.

Type: American, barbecue

Location: Davis, WV

Hellbender Burritos

Satisfy your post-adventure appetite at this top-notch burrito spot. Order the Shrimp Hellbender Burrito or black bean chipotle dip and choose from local beers on tap for a meal that won’t disappoint your taste buds or your wallet.

Type: Southwestern, Mexican

Location: Davis, WV

The Purple Fiddle

This part-music hall, part-restaurant has rockin’ tunes and delicious eats. Listen to live bands play bluegrass, Americana, and folk music while enjoying favorites like the turkey sandwich with cranberry salsa, grilled three-cheese sandwich, and homemade hummus.

Type: American, cafe

Location: Thomas, WV

The Flying Pigs

This quaint diner prepares farm-fresh, homemade dishes for breakfast and lunch. Whether you order fluffy pancakes, garlic potatoes, or the spinach scramble, expect a delicious meal served by friendly staff. Be sure to arrive early before it gets busy!

Type: American

Location: Thomas, WV

Shopping

Wild Ginger and Spice

Located in the former National Bank Building, this “hippie” shop sells eclectic items including jewelry, candles, essential oils, teas and coffees, plus honey and other local produce, making it a great spot to pick up a gift or souvenir.

Location: Davis, WV

Three Castle Antiques

This antique shop carries a range of items not easily found elsewhere. From vintage records and books to rare historical artifacts and decor, you’ll enjoy browsing through uniques treasures of the past.

Location: Thomas, WV

Sightseeing

Mountain Rail Adventures

Come aboard historic locomotives for scenic train rides around the mountains! Whether you’re looking for a mountain excursion, mystery dinner trip, or Christmas Polar Express ride, these trips offer a fun way to soak up views of the surrounding wilderness.

Location: Elkins, WV

Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail

Explore the grandeur of Blackwater Canyon via the Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail, a 10-mile converted railway that passes through the Canyon, offering views of historic coke ovens, stone bridges, and abundant wildlife. Bring your own bike or rent one at Blackwater Bikes.

Location: Thomas, WV

Smoke Hole Caverns

Boasting unusual helictites and a crystal cave coral pool, this show cave is a must visit. Before opening to the public, it was used by Seneca Indians to smoke meat and moonshiners to distill alcohol during Prohibition. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children.

Location: Cabins, WV

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How to Get to
Blackwater Falls State Park

Blackwater Falls State Park is located in Davis near the West Virginia-Virginia border.

From eastern Virginia, take either I-70 West or I-61 West to US-48 West. Take US-48 West to WV-93 West, then turn left on WV-32 South. After a half mile, turn right onto Blackwater Falls Road. Continue 1.2 miles before turning left toward Blackwater Lodge Road. Continue straight to enter the park.

From Morgantown, WV, take US-119 South for 11 miles, then turn left onto Gladesville Rd. After 6 miles, turn right onto WV-92 South and travel 12 miles before turning left onto US-50 East. After 23 miles, turn right onto WV-24 South, which becomes US-219 South/Seneca Trail and then WV-32. Continue on WV-32, then take a right onto Blackwater Falls Rd and a left onto Blackwater Lodge Road. Continue straight to enter the park.

Address: 1584 Blackwater Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260

Entering Blackwater Falls State Park

The park has no entrance fee and is open from 6am to 10pm everyday.

We’re excited for you to start your adventure! Whether you hike to Blackwater Falls or catch a fish in Pendleton Lake, take us along for the fun by tagging us on social media or sending your photos and stories to [email protected]. You might just end up on our blog or social media. Happy (RV) camping!