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Photography In Blackwater Falls State Park

About two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Blackwater Falls State Park and the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in West Virginia for a long photography weekend with some friends. I had never been there before, but I can tell you that it won’t be the last time I visit. The park is really wonderful, the landscape photography opportunities abound, and we had some nice fall colors to boot. This is the scene from the very first place we stopped in the park, and is the view from the upper overlook at the park’s namesake falls.

Blackwater Falls in West Virginia © Howard Grill

Blackwater Falls in West Virginia © Howard Grill

My understanding is that the view is quite different in the spring, when the winter snow melts. The elevation of the park is approximately 3000 feet and there is quite a bit of winter snowfall. I am told that during springtime there is frequently no vertical rock visible when looking at the falls. I don’t think one view is likely to be any more attractive than the other, just different.

I will definitely be sharing some more photos from the trip and hope to go back in the spring for a comparison photo shoot!