Blackwater Rail Trail Sign Tour

Join Friends of Blackwater on Saturday, October 26th, from 2-4pm on the Blackwater Rail Trail below the Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV as we embark on a 2 mile tour of the Blackwater Rail Trail, featuring Friends of Blackwater’s newly installed Rail Trail signage, the Coke Ovens, historic railroad bridges, Engine House remains, and other […]


Calling All Research Enthusiasts

By Ashley Archer All of those animal sounds you hear when walking through a forest, like birds calling, frogs croaking, and insects chirping, are used by wildlife to communicate a variety of messages. In addition to sounds that are within the hearing range of your typical human, some wildlife species communicate in the range that […]

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State Park Photo Contest Winners

We are so excited to announce the winners of our 2019 state parks photo contest. After receiving over 50 submissions, our judges had a very hard -and enjoyable- time reviewing the photos. The contest had three categories: “People in Parks,” “Scenery,” and “Wildlife.” We’d like to thank everyone who submitted their work. Winners have received […]

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Industrial Immigration in Tucker County

Join us for an exciting lecture about local, turn of the century immigration on October 27th at 2 pm in the Cotrill’s Opera House on Front St in Thomas, WV. When the timber and coal industry in Davis and Thomas exploded in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, European immigrants were brought over to do […]

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Watershed Education Outings

Norther Garrett HS students collect macroinvertebrates in nets while the automated sensor (white pole/red wire) collects stream health. The automated sensors purchased and programmed thanks to the North Face Explore Grant are finally seeing some real action thanks to Mountain Laurel Learning Coop and Northern Garrett HS students! On September 18th, MLLC 7th graders and […]


FOB visits T&T Active Treatment Plant

Mark Dickey standing next to Glade Run where a lime slurry is being added, raising the pH significantly On September 25th, Friends of Blackwater staff, along with Troy Waskey and John Morgan of the Forest Service, Martin Christ of the DEP Watershed Improvement Branch, and several members of the DEP Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) program […]


Corridor H Comments

Friends of Blackwater has officially submitted comments to the West Virginia Department of Highways, concerning the proposed Corridor H route from Davis to Parsons, WV. We have objected to the route that runs in between Davis and Thomas for a number of reasons: -Virginia Big Eared bats are an endangered bat species have been found […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]