Blackwater Falls


I’ve wanted to visit Blackwater Falls….for years now.  The problem is that it has always been “just out of reach”. I reside in central NC, and I make trips into central and southern West Virginia several times a year.  Northern West Virginia doubles the 2 1/2 hour ride I normally set aside for West Virginia explorations.  The main reason I was headed to West Virginia in the first place was to find water.  Western NC, SC and eastern TN have been suffering abnormally dry starts to the summer of 2016, but not the Virginias.  Facebook photos of favorite NC waterfalls were displaying pitifully low waterflows, rendering rivers into trickling creeks.  On the Saturday of my departure, WV had just suffered 8-10 inches of rain in places two days prior, and there were reports of flooding in areas.   This was where I would find water.   Continue reading “Blackwater Falls”

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Douglas Falls & A Scenic Ride Along The North Fork Blackwater River

 Douglas Falls was just supposed to be a side trip.  I had already came to see the great and mighty Blackwater Falls in a very healthy water-flowing situation.  I had spent time there in the afternoon while it was packed with tourists and just before dark when I had it all to myself.  I also got to spend some quality time the day before as well as Elakala Falls.  I had spent the night in the nearby Blackwater Falls Lodge and was heading back to my home 2 states away on this late Sunday in June. I knew Douglas Falls was close by and was one of the “elite” waterfalls in West Virginia.  So before breakfast, at 6:30 am, I set off to find it.   Continue reading “Douglas Falls & A Scenic Ride Along The North Fork Blackwater River”