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West Virginia Waterfalls

The Mountain State has a number of waterfalls located within the state.  I've only visited a few, but hope to return and get some more.

Hills Creek Upper Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 38.17865,-80.33917 (Parking Lot on FSR 1632)
Waterfall GPS: 38.17717,-80.33664

Upper Falls on Hills Creek is a 25-foot waterfall on Hills Creek in Pocahontas County.  The waterfall is located in the Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area in the Gauley Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest.

To visit the falls. take US-219 north from Hillsboro and turn left on WV-55/WV-39 to enter Monongahela National Forest.  After passing the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center and the junction with WV-150, the road becomes Highland Scenic Highway.  In 11.8 miles from the turn, take a left at Forest Service Road 1632, which is signed for Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area, and follow the forest road for about a quarter-mile to the parking area at the end.

From the parking area, hike the paved and handicapped-accessible trail to the overlook for Upper Falls.  The hike to the falls is just over a quarter-mile.  This waterfall is the least impressive of the three and the view from the overlook isn't great.  We visited during the winter and the waterfall was frozen.

Hills Creek Middle Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 38.17865,-80.33917 (Parking Lot on FSR 1632)
Waterfall GPS: 38.17451,-80.33534

Middle Falls on Hills Creek is a 45-foot waterfall on its namesake creek in Pocahontas County.  The waterfall is located in the Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area in the Gauley Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest.

To visit the falls, follow the directions for Upper Falls above.  From here, continue on the trail, which is no longer handicapped accessible.  The natural surface trail is somewhat steep and there are a number of wooden stairs to descend heading down to the next waterfall.  The overlook for Middle Falls is just after the footbridge over Hills Creek.  The view for this waterfall is a lot better.  It was also frozen when we visited.

Hills Creek Lower Falls:

Trailhead GPS: 38.17865,-80.33917 (Parking Lot on FSR 1632)
Waterfall GPS: 38.17327,-80.33455

Lower Falls on Hills Creek is a 63-foot waterfall on Hill Creek in Pocahontas County.  It's claimed to be the second highest waterfall in the state of West Virginia.  The waterfall is located in the Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area in the Gauley Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest.

To visit the falls, follow the directions for Middle Falls above.  From here, take the steep metal stairs down and then follow the boardwalks to the overlook for the falls.  The overlook provides great views and photo opportunities for this beautiful waterfall.  When we visited, the upper and middle waterfalls were frozen, but this one was still flowing with liquid water.  However, a huge cone of ice had formed at the base that I thought looked like a big blue pineapple.


External Links:

US Forest Service website for Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recarea/?recid=9914