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

Backcountry Film Fest 2021!!

Calling all backcountry enthusiasts and winter lovers! The 16th annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival will show on February 11th at 8 PM at your home! By purchasing a ticket, you’ll have access to the film festival for 2 weeks to watch at your leisure, but we hope you’ll join us on the 11th. […]

Tucker County WV Railroad Heritage

Tucker County WV Railroad Heritage Webinar Recording

Tucker County, West Virginia has a rich heritage of railroading, coal mining, and timbering. You can explore historic sites, and learn hidden stories from the past, in a one-hour live, interactive Zoom webinar with historian David Vago on a webinar that was hosted on October 29th- click here to view the recording of this educational […]

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration

Rail Trail Botanical Restoration Volunteering Opportunities

Friends of Blackwater was awarded a grant from the National Forest Foundation to begin the Blackwater Rail Trail Botanical Restoration project. Today, non-native “invasive species” like autumn olive, stilt weed, multiflora rose, garlic mustard, Tartarian honeysuckle, and Japanese barberry are choking out native plants like milkweed, an essential host for migrating Monarch butterflies. Last fall, […]