Head to Blackwater Falls State Park This Summer

One of our monthly blog posts on what to see, do, or where to eat on Deep Creek Lake and Western Maryland.

Beautiful photo of the falls at Blackwater Falls State Park

For those who find joy in searching for waterfalls in the woods, then Blackwater Falls State Park needs to be on your list. Nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, Blackwater Falls State Park is a lovely scenic drive from the Deep Creek Lake area. The scenery here is striking‚ÄĒthe falls are among the most photographed locations in Tucker County and the entire state of West Virginia.

We suggest a day trip to Blackwater Falls State Park if you’re in the Deep Creek Lake area for an extended getaway. While you’ll find plenty to do on the shores of the lake and the nearby Swallow Falls State Park, this scenic drive and untouched wilderness you’ll encounter over the state border in West Virginia is a memorable trip. Aside from these natural water features, the nearly 2,500-acre park is full of beautiful hiking trails with diverse tree species, native plants, birds, and wildlife.

One of the best places to stay in Garrett County is our Deep Creek Lake Hotel, the Lake Pointe Inn. While we’re located about an hour’s drive from Blackwater Falls State Park, it’s the perfect distance for a day trip‚ÄĒespecially when you know that our luxurious lakefront accommodations await your return.

Our 12 spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms offer the most comfortable spaces to relax and unwind. From spa-like en suite baths to our on-site massage room, you’ll have it all here. And we’ll take care of your breakfast each morning of your stay! Head over to our availability calendar and reserve your room today!¬†

Stunning views from Blackwater Falls State Park near our Deep Creek Lake Hotel

Explore the Beauty of Blackwater Falls State Park

A day trip to Blackwater Falls State Park is the perfect destination for a scenic drive from Maryland. You’ll drive through beautiful farmlands and rolling hills. Of course, the leading destination in Blackwater Falls State Park is the stunning 57-foot Blackwater Falls, an impressive cascade pooling into a canyon below.

  1. The cascading Blackwater Falls is the most popular attraction at this state park, and there are a few different ways to take in the spectacular sight. The Blackwater Falls Boardwalk Trail starts at the Trading Post parking lot‚ÄĒthis path leads 200 steps down to an observation deck for one of the best views of the rushing falls.
  2. For those with accessibility needs, head to the Gentle Trail, which is short and paved to an upper observation deck.
  3. Hiking is a huge pastime at Blackwater Falls State Park‚ÄĒespecially in summer and fall. And you’ll discover over 20 miles of hiking trails on wooded paths that lead through lovely forests of diverse plant life and hardwood trees.
  4. One of the most popular routes is the Elakala Trail, which is only a half mile but is considered moderate. This trail leads to Elakala Falls, which includes four rushing drops on the Shays Run. 
  5. There’s a selection of trails at this West Virginia State Park for mountain bikers as well. Check out the Trail Map here¬†for the best options.
  6. Kayaking and canoeing are popular pastimes during the summer. Head to Pendleton Lake for fun in the sun, and you can rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, and stand-up paddleboards.
  7. One of the best things to do at Blackwater Falls State Park is to check out the 18-hole disc golf course. The course begins and ends at the nature center. The unique layout weaves through a pollinator habitat, so you’ll often encounter butterflies, moths, and other wildlife.
  8. You’ll be ready to eat after a gentle stroll or rigorous hike at Blackwater Falls State Park! The Smokehouse Restaurant offers one of the most magical views of the falls and forests. The menu is expansive, but don’t miss the barbecue favorites!¬†¬†
  9. In the wintertime, Blackwater Falls State Park is home to the longest sledding magic carpet on the east coast.
  10. You can also rent cross-country skis or snowshoes and tackle some of Blackwater Falls’ snow-covered trails.
After a day at Blackwater Falls State Park our beautiful guest rooms at our Deep Creek Lake Hotel will await your return

One of the Best Deep Creek Lake Hotels for Lodging

Upon your return from Blackwater Falls State Park to our Deep Creek Lake Hotel, you’ll love freshening up in your private guest suite and then taking advantage of all the perks of lodging with us. Head down to our dock and dip your toes in the lake. Join us on our afternoon pontoon boat cruise, soaking up the sunshine on the lake. We have snacks and beverages available, and they are best enjoyed around the fire pit into the evening for s’mores and stargazing.¬†

Back in your elegant guest suite, you’ll have everything you need for a restful stay. Curl up by the fire, slip into your plush robe, and turn on your favorite movie. Our big comfortable beds dressed in fine Comphy linens beckon you to rest your tired muscles. And you can drift away into sleep knowing you’ll be refreshed and ready to head out on your next day’s adventure in Deep Creek Lake.¬†

We’ll treat you to a hearty breakfast in the morning, always homemade and seasonal. Our rotating menu offers guests a large selection of sweet and savory dishes, and we’re always happy to cater to vegetarian and vegan diners. Not all Deep Creek Lake Hotels offer these unique perks, and they are always included in the price of your lodging. We can’t wait to host you! Book your room today.¬†

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