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During your trip to West Virginia, you may need some solitude or downtime in nature; what better way to find this than to visit a waterfall.

Whether it is the simple act of a gentle (or vigorous, if you choose) walk in nature or the sight of the water cascading over the rocks, your time visiting all the beautiful waterfalls will be well spent.

Each waterfall is a little different and offers a variety of gorgeous scenes to photograph and enjoy.

Whether you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path type of waterfall-like Elakala Falls or something a little more accessible,  you will find a place where you can connect with nature and enjoy incredible views.

Salt Lick Falls- It’s a nice waterfall but, you need to find a place to park and then get down into the ravine between WV 7 and Crane Ave. Follow the route of the tracks to a bend where Saltlick Creek comes in. From the Bridge St. crossing, it’s about .5 mile walk.

Swallow Falls State Park c/o Herrington Manor State Park 222 Herrington Lane Oakland, MD 21550. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset. This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park’s borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids.

Pringle Falls

Sweet waterfall across the road from the Cheat River. Best part is you can walk behind it.

Muddy Creek Falls

Home of the Virginia Furnace, this historical roadside park, which is situated along the banks of the Muddy Creek/Cheat River, was acquired by the Daughters of the American Revolution (Kingwood Chapter) in 1933. The DAR added a pump pavilion and two picnic shelters and a fireplace and have preserved the furnace and surrounding bottom land. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It's a nice quiet place with a lot of history which sits right next to the Muddy Creek Falls.Located just three miles north of Albright, WV on WV 26, North Preston Hwy, there is roadside parking available. A short walk down into the bottoms near the furnace will take you to the falls.

Douglas Falls

Douglas Falls is just outside of Thomas on the North Fork Blackwater River. Thomas is kind of a cool little place that comes to life in the fall when they have a festival. Lots of music and art, etc. and some good food too. Don't expect cheap prices though, things are not cheap in this area. However, there are a number of excellent and interesting places to visit in the small town of Thomas, not the least of which is The Purple Fiddle, which has some really good ice cream in waffle cones, excellent line up of micro brew beers, and the food is overall pretty good. You won't be disappointed.
From the downtown go south on US 32, take a right just as you leave the downtown, on Douglas Road. Follow Douglas Rd. for one mile. It will bear right just in front of the Buxton & Landstreet Gallery and Studios and head downhill a bit. Follow it around and just after it crosses the river, it forks. Take the left fork. This is Rail Falls Rd. It's a dirt road but it's cool for cars. Drive .9 miles and along the way look for the old abandoned coke oven domes along the side of the road. There are lots of them. ally more like rapids, this area is very photogenic and when the water is running right, can be the source for some dramatic images.

Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls is situated close to Elakala Falls and both should be enjoyed while in the area.
Blackwater is 62-feet tall and described as a yellowish-brown colored falls. People often argue that you cannot visit West Virginia without making a stop at Blackwater Falls.
Many times during the winter months, the falls will actually freeze over, creating stunning pictures.
Depending on the season you visit, make sure to dress accordingly and pack well in order to enjoy yourself at Blackwater Falls.

Elakala Falls

Elakala Falls are found in Blackwater Falls State Park in the north side of West Virginia.
This place is an off-the-beaten-path type park which should not be missed.
There are four separate waterfalls – two upper, and two lower. Each one offers different views and interesting drops.
Depending on how adventurous you are feeling, you can either stay on the main trail that crosses a gorge and is accessible by going over a bridge, or you can climb down the 200-foot gorge and see the lower falls. This can be dangerous depending on the season and your level of hiking experience. Always be cautious.

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