West Virginia July 05, 2016
10 Unbelievable West Virginia Waterfalls Hiding In Plain Sight… No Hiking Required
West Virginia is home to an estimated 250-275
waterfalls. Some come and go throughout the seasons, some of them can only be reached by difficult hikes, but others are easily seen from a parking area or the roadside. Here are a few of the best waterfalls that won’t take you far off the main path.
1. Falls of Hills Creek, Pocahontas County
The first of these waterfalls can be seen from Highland Scenic Byway (Route 39/55). They are in the Monongahela National Forest, near Marlinton, West Virginia. If you're up for hiking, there's also a trail that leads to two more waterfalls.
2. Upper Falls of the Holly River, Webster County
There is an observation deck near the parking lot in Holly River State park where you can see these falls.
3. Campbell Falls, Camp Creek State Park
These falls are easily seen from Camp Creek Road, near the horse camp in the state park. Marsh Fork Falls is also in this area.
4. Marsh Fork Falls, Twin Falls State Resort Park
Marsh Fork is the easier to access of the twin falls. You can view it from just a few hundred feet from the parking lot. The other waterfall that gives the park its name is Black Fork Falls, about a half mile away.
5. Babcock State Park Falls
These falls, as well as the picturesque Glade Creek grist mill, can be seen with just a short walk from the parking area.
6. Cathedral Falls, Gauley Bridge
Cathedral Falls can be seen from Route 60. There's also a parking area, so you can stop and get a closer look.
7. Kanawha Falls, Glen Ferris
Although not very high, this is one of the widest waterfalls in West Virginia. It runs next to a hydroelectric power plant. You can see the falls from Route 60.
8. Pipestem Falls, Pipestem
There's a small pulloff along Route 20 where you can stop to get a look at these falls.
9. Sandstone Falls, Hinton
This series of waterfalls goes across 1500 feet of the new River. There's a boardwalk where you can get a close look at the wider falls, and you can see some of the higher falls from an overlook on Route 20.
10. Brush Creek Falls, Mercer County
There is a parking area for the falls on Brush Creek Falls Road, a short distance from exit 20 of US-77.
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