Protecting the Blackwater Canyon and Allegheny Highlands

Speak up to protect threatened and endangered plants and animals! 

Take our State Park survey and enter the Photo Contest!

small plants with their leaves edged in frost

We are building a circle of love and protection around the landscapes and communities that we cherish.

Friends of Blackwater works to protect and promote natural beauty, diverse creatures, unique heritage, and the outdoor recreation economy in the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands -- home to the magnificent, 10,000-acre Blackwater Canyon – West Virginia’s “Scenic Crown Jewel.”  Our professional staff and grass-roots citizen advocacy are a strong force for responsible conservation and sustainable progress in the Highlands.

Join Us

The August Newsletter is Here!

The August newsletter is here! Read it online by clicking the button below, or visit the newsletter archive to catch up on previous issues.
hikes with name on

Upcoming Events

Connect with Friends of Blackwater at these upcoming special events
roundhouse photo

Historic Roundhouse Cleanup

Friends of Blackwater is hosting a second heritage clean up this fall at the Coketon Roundhouse on September 14th at 10 am. Located right off of the Rail Trail near Snyder Run, the roundhouse used to be the primary engine maintenance site in the area around the turn of the century. The building itself has […]


Visit us at the Leaf Peeper’s Festival in Davis

Friends of Blackwater will have a table in the vendor area of the Leaf Peeper’s Festival in Davis on Saturday, September 28th. The festival overlaps with Run For It, so after the race we hope you visit our booth, pick up some brochures and check out our merchandise! We’ll have a brand new selection of […]

people participating in Run For It

Run For It! – with Friends of Blackwater

Run For It is Tucker County’s favorite community fundraiser, and you can be part of Friends of Blackwater’s team! This year Run For It is on September 28th, and you can register online or by mail. If you want a paper entry form you can download one here. You can choose between a 2k walk […]

Become a Supporter

Friends of Blackwater is a 501(c)3 non-profit working to protect the Blackwater Canyon and Allegheny Highlands region

If you prefer to donate by check, you can mail your contribution to PO Box 247, Thomas WV 26292.


Click on each of the images to learn more about our projects


Public Lands


State Parks





Latest News

Keep up with Friends of Blackwater!
moncove lake

State Park Spotlight: Moncove Lake

Moncove Lake State Park is situated right on the southeastern edge of West Virginia on the banks of the 144 acre Moncove Lake. The Moncove Lake area was established in 1960, following the damming of Devil Creek in eastern Monroe County. 250 acres were pulled out of Moncove Lake Wildlife Management area in 1990 to […]

cleaned up engine house

Engine House Clean up

Thank you to all of the volunteers and Forest Service partners who participated in our historic Engine House clean up this past Saturday! We cut down large brush, cleared out mats of tangled invasive grasses, created a path from the Blackwater Rail Trail to the foundation, and cleaned up the existing signage so that these […]

lost river overlook

State Park Spotlight: Lost River

Lost River State Park is located on 3,700 acres at the headwaters of the Lost River which flows from Mathias through the Lost River Valley and on to Sandy Ridge Mountain where it sinks below the earth and reemerges as the Cacapon River. It has a rich history, passing through the ownership of the Henry […]

Friends of Blackwater

Caring and courageous people are the key to effective environmental stewardship. These people and their stories are a part of Friends of Blackwater.
Purdue University researcher Liz Flaherty

Friends of Ginny!

Purdue University scientist Elizabeth Flaherty, and her graduate student are learning important new information about the diet of "Ginny", the West Virginia Flying Squirrel.
volunteers stand in front of a historic site

Blackwater Volunteers

These energetic volunteers are upgrading historic sites in the Blackwater Canyon.
postage stamp of civil rights lawyer J.R. Clifford

J.R. Clifford

West Virginia’s first African American attorney, who won a historic victory for equality in education. (1848-1933)
herpetologist Dr. Pauley with a snake and a turtle

Dr. Tom Pauley

Dr. Pauley has studied the endangered Cheat Mountain salamander for 40 years, while raising up new generations of skilled biologists. 
volunteer getting ready to go monitor flying squirrels

Brianna All

Brianna All spent a summer deep in the Monongahela National Forest, monitoring the West Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel.
group of people with a sign that says "Save the Blackwater Canyon"

Save Blackwater Canyon supporters

Supporters at Cheat Fest sign a photo petition with Ginny the flying squirrel, to help save Blackwater Canyon.

Join Our E-List + Follow Us