Monday, October 10, 2011
Davis, West Virginia: Blackwater Falls State Park
Blackwater Falls is one of the highlights of any trip to the mountain areas of West Virginia. It's surrounded by a state part of the same name. There's a parking area near a "trading post." Visitors can walk down the more than 100 steps to get to the falls themselves.
Once they get there, they'll immediately notice the tea-colored water than drops six stories into the river below. According to the official website, the "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.
There is a lodge and restaurant in the park, plus the usual facilities for fishing, boating, camping and hiking.