Grotto Falls

Glen Jean, West Virginia 25846

Grotto Falls

Grotto Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This lesser-visited waterfall is found in the heart of the Bluestone National Scenic River. Here you take the historic former Bluestone Turnpike to a tributary of the Bluestone River that dives over the opening of a rockhouse. The old river roadturned-trail provides expansive views of the Bluestone River, making its way past bluffs and rich forests en route to the falls. Hikers can continue past Grotto Falls to the historic town site of Lilly, where the Bluestone and the Little Bluestone Rivers meet.

The Bluestone Turnpike, which you follow to Grotto Falls, connects two different West Virginia state parks—Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park—as it travels through the Bluestone National River. A century back this old road was used by farmers, fishermen, and other residents of this deep river valley, a major tributary of the New River. Today modern recreationalists—waterfallers included—take this trail into an oasis of nature where relics of this past can be seen as well as the superlative brilliance of the Bluestone River gorge that includes Grotto Falls."

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Trail Information

Glen Jean
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Bluestone National Scenic River, PO Box 246, 104 Main St., Glen Jean 25846; (304) 465-0508;
Local Contacts
New River Gorge; USGS Pipestem
Local Maps

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Oct 2018