Cathedral State Park/Blackwater Falls State Park Field Trip

  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
  • In Preston County, near Aurora and Davis WV
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What: Cathedral State Park/Blackwater Falls Field Trip

Where: Cathedral State Park, Aurora WV and Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis WV

When: Saturday November 15, 2014

Time: 10:30 a.m. guided tour begins

Cost: free

Join us for a special trip to West Virginia's Cathedral State Park on Saturday, November 15.

The trip will be led by Master Naturalist Clark Dixon and include a guided tour of the park led by the park's naturalist.

The guided tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and last about one-and-a-half hours.

Afterwards, the trip group will travel to nearby Blackwater Falls State Park, with a lunch stop along the way. 

Participants can purchase their lunch at Melanie's Family Restaurant. Melanie's Family Restaurant has great food reviews however takes only cash or check (no credit or debit cards).

Participants are welcome to view Linde Point as well as Blackwater Falls. The Falls can be viewed from upper or lower observation decks (upper deck is accessible; lower deck requires descending 214 steps). 

The group will depart the falls for home around 5 p.m., arriving back at the Food Lion parking lot in Inwood at about 7:30 p.m.

The drive to the park from the Eastern Panhandle is about two-and-a-half hours long.

If you'd like to carpool to and from the State Parks, meet at the Food Lion supermarket parking lot on Route 51 in Inwood, just off I-81; meet at 7:30 a.m. and carpoolers will depart from there at 8:00 a.m.

If you prefer to drive on your own and meet the trip group at the park, take I-81 south to the Route 37 bypass around the west side of Winchester; from there, take Route 50 west all the way through the Maryland panhandle and back into West Virginia. The park is approximately five miles west of Red House, MD.

Trip participants should wear comfortable walking shoes, dress for the season and bring along drinking water. Because of the park's altitude, air temperatures there are likely to be significantly cooler than in the Eastern Panhandle.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate, including families with children. However, space will be limited to only 20 people so pre-registration is required.

Located in southeastern Preston County, WV, Cathedral State Park contains the only stand of mixed virgin timber left in West Virginia.

The park gets its name from its many ancient hemlocks, which reach majestic proportions and form spectacular natural cloisters. These trees reach up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference. They are one of the last remnants of a vast virgin hemlock forest that once flourished in the Appalachian highlands.

In all, the park encompasses a total of 133 acres. The terrain is gently sloping with an elevation varying from 2,460 to 2,620 feet.

In addition to its hemlocks, the park contains over 170 species of vascular flora, including 9 species of fern, 3 species of club moss, over 30 tree species, and over 50 species of wildflowers.

It was entered in the National Registry for Natural Historical Landmarks in 1966 as "an area that possesses exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of the United States."

For more information about the trip contact Krista Hawley at or 703-303-1026. 

For more information about the parks:

Melanie's Family Restaurant address:

25164 George Washington Hwy, Aurora, WV

25164 George Washington Hwy, Aurora

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Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

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