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
Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival poster

Visit us at the Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival

We are happy to announce that Friends of Blackwater will once again have a table at the Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival, which is June 22nd and 23rd this year. 2018 marks the 20th and final year of the festival, which raises money for river conservation. If you’re going to be in the eastern panhandle that […]

miners from brochure

Lecture: Tucker County’s Immigrant History

July 1st, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Cottrill Opera House in Thomas During the height of Tucker County’s industrial boom at the turn of the 20th century, a large number of Eastern and Southern European immigrants were attracted to work on the railroad, cutting timber, and mining coal and coke.  The county’s population was so […]

old growth tree in Watoga State Park

Old Growth Forest Hike

On Sunday July 15th, join Friends of Blackwater and naturalist Doug Wood at Blackwater Falls State Park to learn about old growth forests. We will meet at the Harold Walters Nature Center (near Pendleton Lake) at 1 p.m. for an introductory talk about the characteristics of old growth forests, before heading into the park to […]