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Progress on Parks, LWCF, and more

We got some good news this week, as both of West Virginia’s Senators expressed their support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports outdoor recreation and conservation programs around the country, including  millions of dollars for projects right here in West Virginia. Both Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley State […]


New Historic Marker Debuts in Hendricks

On August 4th, a small crowd gathered on the Blackwater Canyon Rail Grade in Hendricks to see a new historic marker unveiled. The marker explains the history of the railroad, once an important route for the timber and coal industries, as well as a major connection between the mountain and valley towns. The steepness of […]


Living History Presentations Labor Day Weekend

Learn about West Virginia history with live reenactments! Friends of Blackwater is sponsoring a presentation Sunday September 2nd at 3 p.m. at the Thomas City Park. Presenter Doug Wood will tell the story of Gabriel Arthur, a frontiersman who was the first white man to see the Kanawha River Valley in 1674. Arthur was part […]

Stop Extinction Challenge

Stop Extinction Challenge

On August 3rd, citizens around the country are going to be participating in the Stop Extinction Challenge – reaching out to their congresspeople and urging them to protect the Endangered Species Act. If you have the time, go to your local congressional office in person, and tell them to maintain strong protections for endangered species […]


History Volunteer Day September 22nd

Friends of Blackwater is partnering with the Forest Service to clean up historic sites along the Blackwater Canyon rail grade on September 22nd. Meet at the Friends of Blackwater office, in the Buxton and Landstreet building at 10 a.m. to get started. We will provide some hand tools and gloves, but make sure to wear […]

trail between pine trees, with a blue trail marker showing the way

Resource: West Virginia Tourism Analysis

A project partnership, between the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia University, and local stakeholders investigated the role of tourism in West Virginia. Several case studies were used to represent different phases of tourism development. The New River Gorge has a well-developed trail system and a supportive alliance of stakeholder groups, and have already seen economic […]