West Virginia Waterfall Trail

Tucked away in the mountains of West Virginia lie rugged landscapes with cascading falls. Whether rushing over plunging cliffs at great heights or flowing steadily along stream, waterfalls in Almost Heaven are nothing short of jaw-dropping enchantment.

Chasing waterfalls takes on a whole new meaning this summer in West Virginia with the first-ever statewide Waterfall Trail. The trail was created for travelers looking to get off the beaten path, reconnect with nature and discover more than two dozen waterfalls for a chance to win exclusive prizes.

With over 200 waterfalls found across the state, the more than two dozen cascades featured along the trail are the perfect way to kick off a summer of waterfall hunting. The trail includes well-known falls such as Blackwater and Sandstone, but also features hidden gems like Finn’s in the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve and Drawdy in Boone County. Some, like Cathedral, tower above the valley floor, while others span wide rivers.

The West Virginia Waterfall Trail is the perfect summer activity. The best part: you can earn exclusive prizes along the way!

Get Started Today

Step 1 – Sign Up

Register to get your West Virginia Waterfall Trail Passport by clicking here and filling out your contact information.

Step 2 – Get Your Passport

After signing up, your digital passport for the waterfall trail will be instantly delivered to your phone via text or to the email provided.

Step 3 – Check-In

Explore the waterfalls of West Virginia! Open your passport on your phone, scroll to find the waterfall you’re visiting and check in to mark it off your list.


VISIT WATERFALLS, UNLOCK PRIZES

Check in at 3 locations:

Receive an official Waterfall Trail sticker

Check in at 10 locations:

Receive an official Waterfall Trail water bottle

Check in at 20 locations:

Receive an official Waterfall Trail t-shirt

Spotty service while chasing waterfalls? No problem! Check in when you’re able to reconnect! All check ins can be done within a 5-mile radius of each location.

For any questions regarding the check ins, and to submit photos of sites where you were unable to check in, please contact Bandwango by email (support@bandwango.com) or phone (888-921-5333). For other questions, please call the West Virginia Department of Tourism at (304) 558-2200.

*Limit one sticker, water bottle and t-shirt per completed passport. Passports are valid each year through December 31st. No purchase necessary to participate.


Discover Featured Falls

Blackwater Falls

One of Almost Heaven’s tallest waterfalls, Blackwater Falls cascades a plunging 57 feet. This impressive falls is named for the distinct amb… View More

Brush Creek Falls

Brush Creek Falls roars along a tributary of the Bluestone River – standing at over 30 feet tall in Mercer County. Start at the small park… View More

Campbell Falls

Well-known for its picturesque backdrop, Campbell Falls can be found within Camp Creek State Park in the mountains of Mercer County. With a … View More

Cathedral Falls

Cathedral Falls is one of the tallest and most scenic waterfalls found in Almost Heaven. This natural wonder sits at 60 feet tall, with wate… View More

Drawdy Falls

Keep your eyes peeled to be sure you catch a glimpse of the stunning Drawdy Falls in Boone County. Sitting just off Route 3, these falls are… View More

Dunloup Falls

Found near the abandoned mining town of Thurmond is a hidden waterfall – Dunloup Falls. These flowing cascades stumble 20 feet across a sa… View More

Elakala Falls

The gorgeous Elakala Falls is a series of four waterfalls found within Blackwater Falls State Park. With waters stained from hemlock and red… View More

Falls of Hills Creek

A crown jewel of the Monongahela National Forest, the Falls of Hills Creek are hidden off of the Highland Scenic Highway, just 5 miles west … View More

Falls of Pendleton

The Falls of Pendleton stumble over a moss-covered cliff within the lush Blackwater Falls State Park. This majestic beauty is found where Pe… View More

Nominate a Waterfall

Did we leave out a waterfall in your region? Check out our criteria for visitor-ready waterfall sites and nominate a waterfall that we missed here.


Explore Our Frequently Asked Questions

I did not have cell phone service at a waterfall that I visited. How can I get help retroactively checking in? 

Call, text or email Bandwango, the technology company hosting this passport, at one of the following to get checked in after your visit. – Call or text: (888) 921-5333 – Email: support@bandwango.com

Please provide a photo of the waterfall you visited and/or the waterfall trail sign on location. 

What is the length of the waterfall trail and how long does it take to complete?

The West Virginia Waterfall Trail is a collection of 29 waterfalls (so far!), not a linear trail. We invite you to visit the waterfalls in any order and combination you’d like. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure menu of hikes and roadside stops to select from according to your preferences, and so there is not a predetermined time or distance associated with the trail itself. 

To inspire your travels, the West Virginia Waterfall Trail has been split into four regional road trips. Choose from sections in the Southeastern or Northern portions of the state, the Potomac Highlands or the New River – Greenbrier Valley.  

Which waterfalls are accessible? 

We have noted in the waterfall descriptions which can be viewed via accessible paths and which are located on the roadside and may even be viewed at a distance from your vehicle.

I didn’t provide my address when I signed up for my passport. How will you know where to ship my prizes?

Once you have checked in at enough waterfalls to be eligible for a prize, you will receive an email and/or text message (depending on the contact information you provided when you signed up). This communication will ask you to redeem your prize, and you’ll be invited to enter your address at that point. 

If I redeem one prize (the sticker for example, after visiting three waterfalls) does my check-in count reset to zero for the next prize? 

No, the waterfall check-ins are cumulative. So, after you redeem your sticker, you’ll need to check into seven more waterfalls to reach a total of 10 check-ins and redeem the water bottle prize.

I have a child who would like their own passport but they don’t have a cell phone. How can they get a passport and check-in? 

We would love for your whole family to join in on the waterfall fun! We recommend using a secondary email address to sign your child up for their passport. Follow the link in the introductory email that you receive at that alternate address and save the passport to your phone’s home screen. You may want to include an identifier, such as the child’s initials, when you create the icon on your home screen that you’ll use for their passport. This will help you keep track of who has checked in and where. 

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