48 Hours in Davis, West Virginia

The tiny mountain town of Davis is a hidden gem that lies on the edge of the Monongahela National Forest, providing unmatched access to West Virginia’s great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced getaway filled with thrilling adventure or an escape from everyday life for a peaceful retreat, this slice of Almost Heaven has it all. Even a mere 48 hours spent in this town is guaranteed to leave an impression that will last a lifetime.

Natural Wonders

Being a part of the Monongahela National Forest means the town of Davis is home to an array of natural wonders. The town is best known for Blackwater Falls State Park, which is named after the iconic 57-foot-tall cascading waterfall. One of West Virginia’s tallest, these falls are famous for the distinct amber color of its waters, dyed by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. It’s obvious why this location is one of the most photographed spots in the entire state. Follow the boardwalk to take in the sight from many different viewpoints. You might even catch a refreshing mist off of the falls for yourself if you’re there at the right time.

A lesser-known wonder, but still a beauty to behold is none other than Elakala Falls. These falls are part of a series of four and also boast a distinctive red hue. The trail leading to this beauty begins right by the lodge, taking visitors over a wooden bridge that overlooks the falls pouring over staggered rock steps below. Don’t forget to check in with your West Virginia Waterfall Trail virtual passport to earn prizes as you explore these stunning falls.

Local Eats

Start your morning off right with a caffeinated drink and breakfast treat from Trailhead Coffee Shop. The aromas of homemade muffins and scones mixed with freshly brewed coffee will meet you at the door.

A stop by Hellbender Burritos is a perfect idea for lunch or dinner. One-of-a-kind, West Virginia-inspired, hefty burritos filled with homemade ingredients make this local spot a staple for many. Sirianni’s Cafe is also open for both meals – if you’re craving delicious Italian food, that is. Located in a 100-year-old steamship office, this cafe features all of the beloved Italian classics from recipes passed down from generations of ancestors.

Stumptown Ales is a brewery that pays homage to the former timber town while mixing unique styles with classic comforts. Here, you’ll find handcrafted beers in a woodsy environment. A 21-foot-long, red oak bar welcomes visitors with two large black walnut trunks that frame the brewery’s eight taps. For a sweet late-night treat, swing by The Ice Cream Shop for a variety of handcrafted ice cream and sorbet. From traditional scoops and shakes to specialty pies and pints, your sweet tooth is sure to feel delighted.

Endless Activities

There’s a multitude of things to do in Davis, suitable for adventurers of all kinds. For those daring enough to go all in, there’s hardcore mountain biking and difficult trails. Family-friendly activities include fishing, camping, boating and swimming. Games and sports are of easy access within Blackwater Falls State Park with tennis, volleyball and basketball courts found all throughout. A number of inviting hikes lead to jaw-dropping overlooks with extraordinary scenic vista views. Or trade in the outdoor feel for some time spent strolling the town streets dotted with quaint, specialty shops.

Lay Your Head

Spend the night in Blackwater Fall State Park’s newly renovated lodge for convenient access to the rest of the park. Or if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, stay deep within the forest with one of the park’s Tentrr campsites which provide a rustic camping experience with some of the comforts of a cozy cabin – like a queen-size memory foam mattress, fire pit, picnic table and propane tent heater.

If staying in the center of the town is more your style, don’t worry – there are options for that too! The Billy Motel is a 10-room boutique motel paired with a bar and cocktail lounge. This spot prides itself in being a hub for locals and guests to meet. For a more traditional feel, stay in the Bright Morning Inn. Originally built in 1896 as a boarding house for lumberjacks, the Inn has been refurbished to accommodate 25 guests.

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This post was last updated on July 12, 2022