Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Beautiful Colors, Beautiful Bride

Some information about Blackwater Falls State Park.



Even the walkway to the falls is naturally decorated.

The walkway has over 400 stair steps.


Blackwater Falls from the upper viewpoint.


Blackwater Falls from the lower viewpoint.



Viewpoint on the opposite side of the canyon.

View along the park road.

We saw many deer today.


View of Blackwater River Canyon from Lindy Point Overlook.




(Ron Writing) We had a lot of rain last night but at least it was a gentle rain; none of the thunder and lightning this time. It was a cool, partly cloudy day. The sun came out often for short periods of time and it felt good.

This morning we went for a long hike around the campground and surrounding park area and down to the Blackwater Falls view points. It was a perfect day for hiking with the cool weather. We wore a light jacket most of the time.

The Blackwater River is running high and gushing over the falls. It probably helped that we've had so much rain lately. After our long morning hike we returned home for lunch. After relaxing for a while, we drove into the town of Davis to look around. Davis has quite a business district for a town of only 600 people. It is obviously supported by the tourist industry. This weekend Davis is having their 19th Annual Leaf Peepers Festival so we plan to check it out tomorrow. We walked around the town of Davis and looked in several of the shops.

When we returned to Blackwater Falls State Park, we drove to some of the sites we didn't see on our walk this morning. This is a very big park and quite spread out. We checked out the Blackwater Lodge and Conference Center. It's a beautiful old lodge and the rooms have views of the Blackwater River canyon. These views are nice any time but will be spectacular in a week or two as more colors develop on the trees.

We also drove around the cabin area where the are cabins similar to those at Tygart Lake. Here, again, they are spread out among the forest so that none of the cabins is in view of the others. We then drove out on Canaan Loop Road and hiked about four miles out to Lindy Point Overlook. This overlook provided beautiful views of the canyon.

By this time it was late afternoon and we were getting tired from hiking so we came home and had dinner, played a couple hands of Skip-Bo, and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate. We frequently played games when we went camping but for some reason now that we're full-timing, we seem to have less time in the evening for games. So, today was our first day for games and hot chocolate while on our full-time adventure. Life is good!

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