Elakala Trail

Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

Elevation Gain335ft
Trailhead Elevation3,140ft
Elevation Min/Max2994/3140ft
Elevation Start/End3140/3140ft

Elakala Trail

Elakala Trail is a hiking trail in Tucker County, West Virginia. It is within Blackwater Falls State Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 3,140 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 335 feet. The Blackwater Lodge (elevation 3,127 feet) hotel is near the trailhead. There are also parkings. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Balanced Rock Trail.

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Johnny Molloy
"This scenic 20-foot cascade can be found where Shays Run drops off Canaan Mountain into the canyon of the Blackwater River. Here, a short trail leads from Blackwater Falls State Park lodge to a bridge over Shays Run just above Elakala Falls. The path then curves down along Shays Run, where a user-created track takes you to the bottom of this fall. Elakala Falls will always play a secondary role to Blackwater Falls here at Blackwater Falls State Park. However, this cataract on Shays Run is a fine sight to see and can be easily tacked onto your waterfall adventure if coming to see Blackwater Falls. Though of much lesser flow, Elakala Falls makes a scenic drop while diving over a shelf into a pool bordered by sharp-edged rocks and broken-o ff layers of stone strata. When looking up at the falls, you see the hiker bridge above the precipice of Elakala Falls. This is one of but four falls stretched out along Shays Run as it courses into the Blackwater River Canyon."
"The first rule of real estate is location, location, location—and Blackwater Falls State Park is hard to beat in that department. Its centerpiece is the state’s most well- known cascade, Blackwater Falls, and the 1,000-foot-deep Blackwater River Canyon. To the south spreads the rest of the Canaan Valley, an alpine valley that’s home to vast freshwater wetlands and boreal forest plant and animal communities more commonly found in Canada. This loop hike allows you to experience a little bit of everything the area has to offer: upland hardwoods and lush marshy bogs in addition to views of the Falls of Elakala, Balanced Rock, and Blackwater Canyon. At the end of the day, there are nearby lodging, food, and drinking options to satisfy the tastes of everyone from the devoted penny-pincher to the comfort seeker."

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What a fantastic little loop trail. Close to civilization, easy to get to, never far from the road, easy to hike and some great terrain. This trail gives a really nice little taste of what the area can offer. Would be great for a family hike. Easy to do in 2-3 hours.

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Trail Information

Blackwater Falls State Park
Nearby City
Blackwater Falls State Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Waterfalls, Views
Blackwater Falls State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Blackwater Falls
Local Maps

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