Blackwater Falls State Park

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the amber waters of Blackwater Falls, a 57-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls, along with a few of the park’s other features like Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the state’s most photographed spots. Visitors can enjoy the scenic views year-round by taking the steps to the falls or using viewing platforms. The park has 20 miles of hiking trails, the longest sledding magic carpet on the East Coast in the winter, a comfortable lodge and more. (from

We stopped in the lodge to check into a 3-bedroom cabin, complete with a nice kitchen, two bathrooms, a laundry room and a deck out back with a fire pit surrounded by logs for seating. There is a lot to see in this park, and as you can see, we had already done a lot on this second day of the workshop. Still, Mark found time to show us his routing for downloading and backing up his images. Then there was a bit on processing images, but more was to come later. This was a part I was very interested. He also showed us how to clean our sensors. I have three Nikon cameras, and one I had given up on because of the big blob I get on the images, but we cleaned that right up 😊.

Lodge getting new Pella windows
Cabin, Blackwater Falls SP
From the bridge over the Blackwater River

At sunset we went to Lindy Point, a beautiful spot overlooking Blackwater Canyon.

  6 comments for “Blackwater Falls State Park

  1. Mark Zablotsky
    October 17, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Nice work bro. I bet you can open up the shadows some on the last couple… You’re doing great!!!

    • October 18, 2021 at 5:13 am

      Thanks Mark. I will do that, and thank you for such a great workshop and for taking us to such great places!

  2. Karen
    October 17, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Adding the state park to my list to visit – beautiful!

    • October 18, 2021 at 5:10 am

      Hi Karen, yes, this is a beautiful park, and I would certainly like to go back.

  3. Ed Brownfield
    October 17, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    WVA is a treasure! People often ask Roberta and me “what’s the most beautiful place you been” a question that really can’t be answered but WVA makes our VSP list (very special place). Their state parks are AAA for both beauty and accommodations! Love your pics!

    • October 18, 2021 at 5:09 am

      Hey Ed!!! I am so glad to see your comment. I agree. West Virginia has some wonderful state parks and beautiful places to visit. I already want to go back to see more!

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