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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hiking WV: Blackwater Falls & Canaan Valley SPs

Most of our hiking was with small people this weekend, so they were short, easy hikes.

We did do one hike for ourselves–I’ve wanted for awhile to scramble down to the falls that are visible across the gorge from Pendleton Point. So, we did.

The Canaan Valley SP hike is one I highly recommend for small people. It’s short, it’s relatively flat, and it’s gorgeous.

Location: Canaan Valley State Park
Trail: Blackwater River Trail
Distance: 0.9 miles
Elevation: 3252-3337 feet


Here’s the hike we did for me.

Location: Blackwater Falls
Trail: Elekala Falls and off trail
Distance: 0.9 miles
Elevation: 3031-3219 feet

Here are the main falls, the ones directly below the lodge.


The next set of falls:


Next falls down:


Hey look! Pendleton Point!


And finally the section of falls visible from Pendleton Point:


The scramble wasn’t awful, but the rhododendron is thick, which always makes things difficult.

I wouldn’t mind going down when it was a little drier, just so I could explore a little more. (This is me: I refuse to clamber along falls when there is a fast flow of water. Because I’m not a complete idiot.)

3 Responses to “Hiking WV: Blackwater Falls & Canaan Valley SPs”

  1. H J Gadiyar Says:

    Beautiful pictures of series of Falls.
    You are a well seasoned hiker and know your limits for hiking and take right pictures.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Well, I am sure I could manage more than I try, but I’d rather be safe than stupid!

  3. H J Gadiyar Says:

    That is the best way to hike and enjoy future hikes.

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