West Virginia July 11, 2018
Discover One Of West Virginia’s Most Majestic Waterfalls – No Hiking Necessary
West Virginia has hundreds of beautiful waterfalls. Cathedral Falls is probably one of the more impressive ones, and you don’t even have to take a hike to find it.
To find Cathedral Falls, hop in your car and take Rt. 60 to the town of Gauley Bridge, about 40 miles southwest of Charleston.
Once you locate Gauley Bridge, follow 60 for another mile until you reach the pull off for Cane Branch. From there, you will be able to see the falls easily.
Once you are there, you will probably want to get closer to really take in the majesty of the falls.
The falls are about 100 feet high. The first 40 feet of the creek's descent is hidden as the water makes its ways from Gauley Mountain through a series of Upper Nuttall sandstone ledges. This descent is visible for the last 60 feet as the water spills off the mountain side into the valley below.
The water falls into a C-shaped stone valley carved into the mountain side. This lush cove is comprised of stacked ledges, each carpeted with thick foliage and tall trees with long bare trunks.
Even the falls themselves cascade down a series of ledges, allowing exploration that leads you around and even behind the falls.
The most interesting thing about the falls is that the water does not necessarily follow the same descent year round. Depending on the weather and other conditions, the falls are never exactly the same from day to day.
And in the winter, there are sometimes no falls at all. The icy cold air can freeze them completely, as if time had stopped completely and gravity was rendered inert.
But the waterfall is best after a good rainfall. There is nothing quite like watching water cascade down a mountainside, the water crashing to the creek below.
From there, the water rushes over and in between a valley comprised of large boulders, creating hundreds of stone islands through which the water may pass, allowing you to follow its path from the falls.
And as you bear witness to the the high falls within the cove, it just may astonish you how the simple act of gravity can create such a majestic sight.
Have you ever been to Cathedral Falls? Feel free to comment below and tell us about your visit.
Perhaps one waterfall isn’t enough for you. Would you like to see more? Then check out
this ultimate waterfall road trip in West Virginia. On this trip, Cathedral Falls is only one of nine waterfalls on a route through central WV.