Cliffside Cascades: Southern West Virginia WaterfallsApril 3, 2019
Spring has sprung, and warmer temperatures are thawing out the frozen West Virginia landscape. As wildflowers begin to bloom, spring is the perfect time to visit one of the many waterfalls in the area. Take a driving tour of Southern West Virginia and discover these beautiful falls around every curve in our winding backroads.
Fayette County: Cathedral Falls
Tucked away in a curve on Route 60, Cathedral Falls’ majesty can’t be missed. This waterfall flows more than 100 feet down a steep side of the mountain. Pull off the scenic Midland Trail for an up-close look. After checking out Cathedral Falls, head a little farther down the road into Gauley Bridge to enjoy Kanawha Falls – a waterfall that spans the width of the Kanawha River!
Mercer County: Brush Creek Falls
What is now a nature preserve is also home to Brush Creek Falls – a towering 33-feet-tall feature with a swimming hole at the bottom. Take a short hike around the nature preserve, too – it’s home to some very rare wildflowers and plant life.
Raleigh County: Glade Creek and Kates Falls
The Glade Creek area is beautiful, serene – and packed full of cascades and small waterfalls. Hike along Glade Creek trail and keep your eye out for a number of waterfalls along the way. At higher water, you may even spot a whitewater kayaker tackling some of the drops. Just upstream from the footbridge, turn onto Kates Falls Trail – a steep, short trail that ends at a breathtaking mountain cascade.
Summers County: Sandstone Falls
The largest waterfall on the New River, Sandstone Falls stretches 1,500 feet across the New River. Hike out to the boardwalk to see this West Virginia marvel up close. You can also view Sandstone Falls from above at an overlook on Route 20. While driving along, you’ll also pass the Brooks Falls Overlook which looks down on the mile-long Brook Island and another beautiful waterfall. Keep an eye out as this island is also a perennial nesting site for bald eagles!
Wyoming County: Marsh Fork Falls & Black Fork Falls
These two waterfalls at Twin Falls Resort State Park are the reason for the park’s name. One short hike from the main parking lot will take you to both waterfalls. Marsh Fork is the smaller of the two, and the first waterfall you’ll see on the trail. Black Fork is unique because of the hidden cave behind the falls that allows you to explore behind the cascading water.
Which Southern West Virginia waterfall is your favorite?