West Virginia Waterfalls
Blackwater Falls, Davis, W.Va.; (photos/West Virginia Department of Tourism)

Explore More Than 25 Waterfalls on WV’s First Statewide ‘Waterfall Trail’

A new trail system links 29 waterfalls in the Mountain State. It also includes a passport program that encourages visitors to check in and win prizes.

We all know the song you want to sing right now. But instead of telling you not to, we say belt it out! Especially if you’re in or around West Virginia or can plan a trip there this summer via country roads, mountain mama.

The state that bears the motto “Mountaineers are Always Free” recently launched the first-ever statewide Waterfall Trail. This new trail system links 29 of its over 200 waterfalls into one navigable route.

Why West Virginia Waterfalls?

West Virginia Waterfalls
Brush Creek Falls, Athens, W.Va.

“We invite all travelers to put the West Virginia Waterfall Trail on their must-see list this summer and beyond,” said West Virginia Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby. “Whether you reconnect with your favorite falls or find hidden gems, we want to reward your explorations with exclusive prizes that leave you eager to visit Almost Heaven again.”

The new trail system features notable favorites, such as Sandstone Falls and Blackwater Falls (the 60-footer pictured at the top of this article). However, it also includes more remote offerings like Drawdy Falls in Boone County. With the trail, you can explore it and other West Virginia waterfalls via foot or motorized transport.

West Virginia Waterfalls
Drawdy Falls, Boone County, W.Va.

Waterfall Trail Tumbles Through Newest US National Park

The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is America’s 63rd and newest national park. It’s also home to six waterfalls in West Virginia’s new trail system, including Turkey Creek Falls and Glade Creek Falls.

With so many waterfalls to explore and gaze upon, the West Virginia Department of Tourism created a Waterfall Trail Passport program. Visitors and hikers alike can check in at each location and earn a stamp on their digital passport.

Each user can then turn their stamps into prizes — 20 or more stamps will earn you a “Waterfall Wanderer” T-shirt.

West Virginia Waterfalls
Butcher Branch Falls, Fayette County, W.Va.

Now that we think about it, West Virginia’s waterways look like the perfect way to get outside (and away from) the summer heat. Take me home, country roads.

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Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.