Visit 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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Deadline: Comments on Pumped Storage due Dec. 28th

This is a reminder that if you are interested in submitting comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the proposed Big Run Pumped Storage project, the deadline for this round is December 28th. This comment period is for the pre-permit, which covers preliminary activities like surveys and planning. We want to foster public involvement […]

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Holiday Reception, December 14th at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery

We’re getting into the holiday spirit with a reception at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery on December 14th. Learn more about Friends of Blackwaters’ programs, chat with staff, and admire the artwork. The reception will run from 4 to 6, and there will be live music and light refreshments. There is no cost involved with […]


Winter Film Festival February 7th at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center

On February 7th, 2019, join Friends of Blackwater for a fun night of winter films at Whitegrass Ski Touring Center in Canaan Valley. The doors will open at 5:30 and dinner will be available from the Whitegrass kitchen. We are once again featuring films about winter recreation from the Winter Wildlands Alliance. The image below […]