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Distance:
0.6 Miles / 1.0 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~18 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
Blackwater Falls State Park
Town:
Davis, West Virginia
Directions:
39.10753, -79.498021
Added:
March 11, 2018
Updated:
March 11, 2018
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109 '

Total Change
270 '

Ascent
268 '

Descent

The Elakala Trail at Blackwater Falls State Park is a short 0.6 mile out-and-back trail that leads from the Blackwater Falls Lodge to Elakala Falls and back to Blackwater Lodge Road. The trail starts on the southern side of the parking lot next to Blackwater Lodge and heads gradually downhill to Elakala Falls.

Elakala Falls is technically a series of four waterfalls; however, the first waterfall is the only one you can see from this trail and is 35 feet tall. Elakala is the 2nd most popular waterfall in the park, thus making this a really popular trail during warmer months. The trail sits directly next to the Blackwater Lodge, so if you're staying at the lodge, this trail is a must-do.

Lookout Points: Just beyond Elakala Falls are a few lookout points into the Blackwater Canyon below; however, these lookout points aren't all that interesting. You can only see glimpses of the hills across the canyon.

Trail Length: Listed here is 0.6 miles to cover a 'true-thru hike' of the trail, but this hike can be anywhere from 0.2 miles to 0.6 really. If you just want to see Elakala Falls, you can hike down to the viewing area, and hike back up to the parking lot. If you plan to see more of the trail and take it all the way to the road, you'll end up hiking about 0.6 miles back to parking - either by road or back on the trail.

Note: The GPS for this data does not follow the Elakala Trail 100% near the end - we ended up taking a left-hand turn at the sign that says "Park Road 1/4 Mile"; however, this trail does continue on for about 0.2 to 0.3 miles beyond that sign. If you continue following the trail, to the right, it end at Blackwater Lodge Road, but slightly further west than where this ends.

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  1. Parking

    39.10753, -79.498021
  2. Main Trailhead

    39.10753, -79.498021
  3. On the bridge above Elakala Falls

    39.107167, -79.499175
    On the bridge above Elakala Falls
  4. Elakala Falls - frozen

    39.107119, -79.499572
    Elakala Falls - frozen
  5. Elakala Falls - frozen

    39.107169, -79.499619
    Elakala Falls - frozen
  6. Elakala Falls - frozen

    39.107169, -79.499619
    Elakala Falls - frozen
  7. One of a few lookouts

    39.108289, -79.500825
    One of a few lookouts
  8. Take a left-hand turn to Blackwater Lodge Rd

    39.108219, -79.500969
    Take a left-hand turn to Blackwater Lodge Rd
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0.6 miles / 1.0 km
Trail added
March 11, 2018
Hiked on
March 09, 2018
Updated on
March 11, 2018
0.6 miles / 1.0 km
March 10, 2018
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