Blackwater Falls State Park is aptly named after the red-tinted waters of Blackwater Falls. This 57-foot waterfall is accessible by either footpath or one of several viewing platforms connected to Blackwater's hiking trails.
Speaking of hiking, the park offers over 20 miles of trails. All of these trails are dog-friendly and host several sightseeing opportunities. Among these are the annual spring wildflower blooms and local birding expeditions. The West Virginia State Parks website has more details about these special events. Bring bags for your canine, as the park doesn't offer doggie stations.
In addition to the hiking trails, Blackwater Falls State Park contains seven miles of cycling-specific compacted gravel trails. These trails are packed with history, so make sure to look out for ancient stone archways and lesser-known waterfalls that pockmark these paths. Dogs are prohibited from all cycling trails.
Located partially inside of Blackwater Falls State Park is an 18-hole golf course, complete with clubhouse, pro shop, and club rental for additional fees. This course is owned by Canaan Resort and boasts incredible views, and many unique water hazards to play through. Dogs are not permitted on the gold grounds, as well as any enclosed structures adjacent to the golf grounds.
Blackwater Falls offers quite a few camping options, with 65 traditional sites available for rental in addition to 30 RV sites. Camping is available from Memorial weekend until Labor Day every year and can be reserved up to nine months ahead of time. Dogs are permitted on all campgrounds, provided they are on a leash at all times.
During the winter months, the park is home to the longest sled run on the East Coast. At more than a quarter mile long, this icy run is sure to bring a smile to your face! There are also marked snowshoeing trails during these months, and snowshoes are available for rental as well as sleds. For more information on sledding times and rentals, please visit the West Virginia State Parks' website