A Waterfall Tinted by Tannic Acid

A West Virginia State Park holds a curious wonder. An amber tint streaks the 57-cascade of Blackwater Falls, making it’s viewers ask what’s in the water?

Tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles yellow the falls, giving this state park its name. Pretty cool, huh?

Our Hike

Blackwater Falls

Distance: 0.4 Miles

Difficulty: Easy

Viewing Blackwater Falls is more of an easy, short walk than a hike. But it’s listed as a trail on the state park website and in AllTrails, so I’ll count it as one.

A wooden boardwalk brings you from the parking lot to several waterfall overlooks. Many people bypassed the first overlook, eager to see the waterfall, and missed a gorgeous vantage point of it.

Eye-level with the waterfall, the boardwalk opens to a large viewing platform. A fine mist surrounds you. The water roars as it cascades down the 57-foot cliff and crashes into the rocks below.

Kayakers braved the slippery rocks and current for the thrill of being close to the falls.

I enjoyed the reminder of nature’s power.


Viewing Blackwater Falls is a quick but worthy attractions. If you’re looking to add it to a longer hike, Blackwater Falls State Park has several other trails and is near Canaan Valley, which has 31 miles of trails.


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Hi, I’m Alexys. I love to write. I enjoy the process of finding the best words to express my points, emotions, and imagination. Alexys Writes is my personal blog, a place where I write about whatever I want and share it with you, my dear reader.

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