But this time we headed up to Canaan Valley as a long -- very long -- day trip. My son needed driving experience and the combination of highway and country road complimented his needed experience to a T. The plan for the day was to drive up, see Blackwater Falls -- we always enjoy the roar and the drama of the falls as it tumbles into the gorge. Dolly Sods would have to wait for another trip.
With recent rains swelling the Blackwater River, we were not disappointed!
Blackwater Falls State Park, obviously, is named for the falls of the Blackwater River, whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories before twisting and tumbling through an eight-mile long gorge.
The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia.
So why "blackwater"? The "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.
|The falls in September 2012.|
|The falls July 13, 2011.|
On the way home, we passed by signs for the Fairfax Stone. I've passed by the Fairfax Stone signs for almost 10 years, and have always wanted to stop to take a look. This time I decided to go have a look see. My son wondered, "Are we really going looking for a rock?"
The exact boundaries of the "Northern Neck Land Grant" (later called the "Fairfax Grant") had been undetermined since it was first contrived in 1649 by the then-exiled King Charles II. John Savage and his survey party had located the site of the source of the North Branch of the Potomac River (the northern boundary of the tract) in 1736, but had made no attempt to establish the western boundaries.
Getting there: Blackwater Falls is located at 1584 Blackwater Lodge Road, Davis, WV 26260
Hours: Dawn to dusk.
Dogs: Absolutely! Dogs love walks and hikes!
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