MD WW Waterfall Road Trip

  • May 18, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Hello,

This meetup is for all you nature lovers.  We will photographing waterfalls.  See below:

Canaan Valley is an oval, bowl-like upland valley in northeastern Tucker County, West Virginia, USA. Within it are extensive wetlands and the headwaters of the Blackwater River which spills out of the valley at Blackwater Falls. It is a well-known and partially undeveloped scenic attraction and tourist draw, associated with the Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the Blackwater Falls State Park.

Canaan Valley was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974.[1] The National Park Service citation indicates that the Valley is "a splendid 'museum' of Pleistocene habitats ... contain[ing] ... an aggregation of these habitats seldom found in the eastern United States. It is unique as a northern boreal relict community at this latitude by virtue of its size, elevation and diversity." Since 1994, almost 70% of the Valley has become the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the nation's 500th National Wildlife

Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. Blackwater lodge, cabins and restaurant are open year-round and welcome visitors to enjoy winter sled riding, spring greening, cool summer evenings, and autumn foliage. Our conference facilities host reunions, meetings and special occasions as well as catered banquets and receptions. The indoor guest pool and fitness center is popular with our guests. The Elakala Falls are a series of four waterfalls of Shays Run[2] as it descends into the Blackwater Canyon in West Virginia. They are within Blackwater Falls State Park[3] and are quite popular among photographers, with the ease of access for the first waterfall, and the relatively low traffic of the other waterfalls in the series.[

Swallow Falls State Park has re-opened after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy with limited access to the falls. Not all areas of the park or the trails are accessible as storm cleanup efforts continue. For your safety, please adhere to signs indicating what areas are open and do not go beyond posted signs.

This mountain park is located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland and contains some of Maryland's most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The meandering trails through Swallow Falls guide hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.

The Youghiogheny River and Muddy Creek are white water rivers that contain severe natural hazards, such as waterfalls, violent rapids, swift currents, deep pools, underwater hydraulics, cold water, slippery rocks and rough terrain. Injuries and deaths have occurred in and around these waters.

Order of locations.

1. CCanaan Valley Resort State Park

2. BBlackwater Falls State Park (Ekalala Falls State Park)

3. SSwallow Falls State Park

From Rockville to Canaan Falls State Park




7. Merge onto Interstate 270 N

0.1 mi

8. Take the exit on the left onto I-270 N toward Frederick

23.0 mi

9. Take exit 32 to merge onto I-70 W toward Hagerstown

52.8 mi

10. Take exit 1A on the left to merge onto I-68 W/US-40 W toward Cumberland

38.2 mi

11. Take exit 42 for US-220 S/Greene Street toward Mc Coole/Keyser WV

0.1 mi

12. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US-220 S/Fairgrounds and merge onto US-220 S/Greene St

22.8 mi

Continue to follow US-220 S


Entering West Virginia


13. Continue onto W Virginia 972 S

2.1 mi

14. Continue onto US-50 W/New Creek Dr/New Creek Y

2.6 mi

Continue to follow US-50 W


15. Slight left onto W Virginia 93 W

12.2 mi

16. Turn right onto W Virginia 42 N/W Virginia 93 W

4.3 mi

17. Turn left onto W Virginia 93 W

17.0 mi

18. Turn left onto W Virginia 32 S

10.7 mi

19. Turn right onto Main Lodge Rd

2.3 mi

Main Lodge Rd




Canaan Valley State Park


230 Main Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260


From Canaan Waterfalls to Blackwater Falls State Park

 


 

Canaan Valley State Park




 

230 Main Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260



 


1. Head south on Main Lodge Rd toward Wv Dept Natural Resources Rd

3.2 mi

 


2. Turn left onto W Virginia 32 N/Appalachian Hwy

10.3 mi

 

Continue to follow W Virginia 32 N


 


3. Turn left onto Co Route 29/Blackwater Falls Rd

1.2 mi

 


4. Take the 2nd left toward Canaan Loop Rd/Co Route 29/1

108 ft

 


5. Turn left onto Canaan Loop Rd/Co Route 29/1

1.4 mi

 




 


Blackwater Falls State Park




 

Davis, WV 26260




 








From Blackwater Falls State Park to Swallow Falls State Park



Blackwater Falls State Park


Davis, WV 26260





1. Head southeast on Canaan Loop Rd/Co Route 29/1 toward Davis Trail

1.4 mi

2. Turn right toward Co Route 29/Blackwater Falls Rd


108 ft

3. Turn right onto Co Route 29/Blackwater Falls Rd


1.2 mi

4. Turn left onto W Virginia 32 N/William Ave


2.6 mi

Continue to follow W Virginia 32 N



5. Continue straight onto US-219 N


21.4 mi

Entering Maryland



6. Turn left onto E Oak St


0.5 mi

7. Turn right onto S 3rd St


0.3 mi

8. Turn left onto E Center St


0.4 mi

9. Continue straight onto N Bradley Ln


272 ft

10. Turn right onto Liberty St


1.2 mi

11. Continue onto Herrington Manor Rd


4.6 mi

12. Slight right onto Swallow Falls Rd


1.3 mi

13. Turn left onto Maple Glade Rd


0.4 mi

Destination will be on the left






Swallow Falls State Park



Oakland, MD 21550



 

From Swallow Falls State Park to Rockville


Swallow Falls State Park


Oakland, MD 21550




1. Head southwest on Maple Glade Rd toward Swallow Falls Rd

0.4 mi

2. Turn left onto Swallow Falls Rd

1.3 mi

3. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd

0.3 mi

4. Slight right onto Mayhew Inn Rd

4.3 mi

5. Turn left onto US-219 N/Garrett Hwy

18.4 mi

Continue to follow US-219 N


6. Slight right to merge onto I-68 E/US-219 N/US-40 E toward Cumberland

66.5 mi

Continue to follow I-68 E/US-40 E


7. Take exit 82B to merge onto I-70 E/US-40 E

52.1 mi

Continue to follow I-70 E


8. Take exit 53 to merge onto I-270 S toward Washington

22.7 mi

 

Start a discussion about this with any questions.

Michael C[masked]





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  • Michael P.

    The waterfalls of this trip are so beautiful. It was a good shoot!!!

    May 20, 2013

  • Michael P.

    I will be at the Shady Grove Metro Station Parking. I will leave promptly at 5:30 AM. I will be there between 5:15 - 5:30 AM.

    Michael[masked]
    Car: Silver Honda Accord

    May 17, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Hello everybody, I will be leaving Rockville - King Farm around 5:15 - 5:30. If anyone needs a ride, a good place to meet is at the Shady Grove Metro. I drive a silver honda accord.

    C[masked]

    May 17, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Everybody: We will meet a parking lot in Canaan. I am going to just follow the sign to the park. I never been to this park before. I drive a silver Honda Accord. Cell[masked]

    May 16, 2013

  • Michael P.

    A good meeting place for Rockville residents is the Redline Shady Grove Metro Station.

    Michael[masked]

    May 14, 2013

  • Michael P.

    I will be glad to carpool with someone. I can take two other people. I live in Rockville - King Farm - Shady Grove Metro. I plan to leave early.

    Michael
    C[masked]

    May 14, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Hello, We meet: Canaan Valley State Park
    230 Main Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260

    May 10, 2013

  • Michael P.

    You are all most welcome to book a hotel for this 1 day trip. www.hotels.com has good deals. You are responsible for your own booking.

    April 2, 2013

  • Izzy

    I would love to go but can't see myself spending 15-16 hrs in a car for maybe couple hours of shooting.

    February 24, 2013

  • Curt n.

    Backwater falls is a great place summer or Winter, there is skiing and the falls freezes.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will need to cancel, would do this trip if it included an overnight stay. I would personally like to spend more time photographing than driving.

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you add more details. 10PM? Where does the trip start? How long is the trip once we are there? Is the plan to arrive the day before and spend the night? Probably dumb questions but I don't know the answers other than the trip loks great and is set for 10PM Saturday May 18

    February 22, 2013

    • Michael P.

      The 1 day trip starts at Canaan State Park.

      February 22, 2013

    • Michael P.

      This is a one day trip, which will last all day. We leave and return the same day.

      February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May bring 1 guest 50/50

    February 22, 2013

  • Izzy

    I am interested but can't commit yet. Since this appears to be a 7-8 hr driving, is this planned as a single day trip?

    February 22, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Yes,

      February 22, 2013

    • Michael P.

      THis is single day trip. 7-8 hours of driving. Getting to the first part of the trip is long. The next three stops are much shorter. Going home is about as long as the first part of the trip.

      February 22, 2013

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