Blackwater Falls State Park has one of the longest and fastest sled parks in the United States. It’s over a ¼ mile long and feels like a bobsled track when freshly groomed. The magic carpet conveyor sweeps you up the hill after each ride. Laying on the sled while the conveyor pulls you through the snow-covered trees is an experience straight out of the Never Ending Story. The plastic sleds provided by the park make great runs for either one or two people at a time.
The park has recently added snow making and lights for longer seasons and more ride time. The warming hut has snacks and hot chocolate, and the outdoor fire ring is prime for roasting s’mores late into the evening. The park also rents cross country skies and snowshoes for more trail oriented adventures. The park boasts more than 20 miles of hiking trails and 10 miles of cross county ski trails – some of which are groomed specifically for skiing in the winter.
The sled hill was originally built in the sixties, but recent improvements have made the facility a winter destination for people from across the country. West Virginia State Parks are managed under the Department of Commerce which funds these improved facilities and emphasizes tourism. Canaan Valley State Park is 20 minutes away and also has tubing, skiing, ice skating and miles of trails that connect with Blackwater Falls via the Allegheny Trail system. Make time for sledding at Blackwater Falls and see what WV State Parks have to offer on your next winter excursion.