Blackwater Falls, With a Side of Skiing

Blackwater Falls offers impressive icy views -- great when you need a break from the 76 ski slopes nearby.

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Need a break from the slopes? Visit Blackwater Falls State Park, located in Canaan Valley, W.V., to watch flowing water (or towering ice) drop five stories and twist through an eight-mile-long gorge.
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If you want to stay right in the park, choose from a room in the lodge ($99-$125), or your own pet-friendly cabin (starting at $121 per night). The cold-impervious can also opt for a campsite.
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Two overlooks provide different views of the falls. Drive to the all-access, or hike up the trail from the Trading Post to view the "black" water (actually, amber-colored when it's flowing). The color is due to tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles -- but when it's frozen over, ice is ice.
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If you like sliding down snow more than looking at ice, good thing there's two ski resorts nearby. Canaan Valley and Timberline offer a combined total of 76 slopes, also with their own lodging.
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Blackwater Falls and the two ski resorts are located in Davis, W.V. in the Canaan Valley (pronounced ca-NANE), about 170 miles west of downtown D.C.
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