There are 18 blaze-marked trails open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers across more than 20 miles of alpine forest. 10 of these miles are groomed and maintained specifically for cross-country skiing.
Destination Distance From Downtown
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The winter trails at Blackwater Falls State Park are relatively easy.
Time To Complete
The majority of trails are out-and-back or point-to-point, and less than 3 miles round-trip.
Spring and Winter
Ungroomed trails may become impassible during extreme weather, so pay attention to weather conditions before heading out.
Nestled in the scenic Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, WV, Blackwater Falls State Park spans 2,456 acres of forestland. The park has many outdoor activities and has beautiful scenery in every season, but is especially gorgeous in the winter when it snows. It has more than 18 blaze-marked trails across more than 20 miles of alpine forest for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
What Makes It Great
Blackwater Falls State Park is a perfect wintertime destination for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. The park has groomed and ungroomed trails, with some leading to stunning overlooks. A handful of the park’s trails are designated specifically for cross-country skiing, like the .5-mile Gee Haw and Spudder Track trails. The rest of the park’s trails are open to both skiers and snowshoers.
While most of the park’s trails are rated as beginner, they put your skills to the test with their diverse terrain—difficulty increases in the winter thanks to consistent snowfall and chilly temperatures in Blackwater Canyon. The one thing you can be certain of here is that no matter which trail you take, you’ll enjoy skiing (or snowshoeing) across open meadows and along riverbanks, down sloping grades and next to rim-side views of Blackwater Canyon.
You’ll find groomed trails in the Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center on the park's south side. One of the more popular routes starts on Canaan Loop Road and heads toward Lindy Point Trail and overlook—the view from this rock outcropping is worth the trek. Lindy Point is a tight trail, so hiking or snowshoeing to the overlook is best.
The park is near the towns of Davis and Thomas, WV, which is also a plus. These small towns have several locally owned restaurants, including the popular Sirianni’s Cafe, 3 brew pubs, and The Purple Fiddle music venue. Grab a pint and bite, and sit back and enjoy some tunes after a long day on the trails.
Who is Going to Love It
The trails are relatively easy, making them great for beginners and families, but more experienced skiers and snowshoers will be wowed by the stunning views. Nature-lovers and photographers also love the panoramic views in the park, which are truly captivating in any season.
There is no entrance fee. Parking for the north side of the canyon is free in the lot next to the Trading Post, where you’ll also find bathrooms. Access the south side trails and the groomed sledding hill from the Sled Run & Cross Country Ski Center. Equipment rentals, including cross country skis and sleds, are available.
Blackwater Falls State Park follows all federal and state park regulations and encourages the “Leave No Trace” way of life.