Visit the Blackwater

Plan Your Trip

Take a trip to the Blackwater Region of West Virginia to experience cool northern forests and exciting outdoor recreation. Historic small towns and dramatic landscapes at two state parks, the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Monongahela National Forest invite you to explore and linger in the High Allegheny Mountains. Sample the Blackwater Canyon from high above the Blackwater Falls State Park or along the 10 miles Trail through the heart of the Canyon. Lodging, Dining, Shopping,  Arts & Entertainment – You will find everything you need here to help you plan your trip to Blackwater Canyon and the surrounding areas.


Explore all the history and beauty the Blackwater has to offer.
railroad bridge arch along rail trail Railroad bridge along the Blackwater Canyon rail trail
view from Lindy Point in autumn View from Lindy Point
view of boardwalk and Blackwater Falls Blackwater Falls
view down Front Street in Thomas, WV Front Street, Thomas
bike at overlook along the Blackwater Canyn rail trail The Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail
small spruce trees at bear rocks preserve Bear Rocks Preserve
view down a stream lined with flowering rhododendron Big Run, in the Monongahela National Forest


Opportunities to connect, share & inspire change
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CANCELLED- Beaver Creek/Camp 70 Spring Clean Up

This event has been cancelled, due to concern for volunteer health during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be rescheduled later this spring/summer. Friends of Blackwater is hosting a Beaver Creek and Camp 70 spring clean up on April 4th from 9 am- noon. Get some fresh air and practice social distancing while cleaning up the […]


Underground Injection Public Hearing

The Underground Injection Public Hearing on March 5th in Parsons was a success! Over 50 concerned members of the public showed up at the Tucker Co Board of Education Gym. People came from Morgantown, Charles Town, Kingwood, Cheat Lake, and all over Tucker County. 15 of these attendees spoke up, voicing their opposition to this […]

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Blackwater Rail Trail Heritage Open House

Have you seen the historic signs that FOB installed from Thomas to Douglas along the Blackwater Rail Trail? They cover topics from coal mining to railroad operation through the Blackwater Canyon, to historic local businesses and more. Friends of Blackwater is hosting an open house and reception in Parsons, WV on March 9th from 5-7 […]