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“Know what to expect and you will love it!” 4 of 5 stars
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Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge
Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV 26260   |  
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Phoenix, MD
1 review
“Know what to expect and you will love it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

I have been visiting Blackwater since I was a kid. Location does not get any better. Yes, the lodge is dated and has limited amenities. If you want an upscale hotel, find a big city. The cabins are great; quiet, secluded and comfortably rustic. Davis is interesting, Thomas is funky, hip and fun. Great old WV boomtowns. Dine in town, lodge restaurant food is ordinary, mostly frozen entrees due to low volume. Great outdoor recreation and fantastic escape from static of daily life.

Room Tip: In lodge, canyon side is a must. Any cabin is great.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The lodge is tucked away in the woods with an overlook of the canyon / Blackwater river. Amazing view! It was my first time staying at a State Park and Lodge, and I would do it again. The price for a weekend was more than affordable. Though the lodge is a little stuck in the 70's, it had great appeal. The staff was incredibily nice, and dinning area was clean. We never had a bad meal and it was well priced. By the way, I highly recommend getting their offered "box lunch". It was a lot of food for the price, and after hiking 6 miles it was just perfect. Their gift shop is cute and offers a great selection.

Regarding the rooms, it is a typical hotel room. The only noticable upgrade is the flat screen. Other than that, all you really need is a comfortable bed and running water. It was just enouch for us and we had no problem with air/comfort or anything else.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orwell, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We went to Blackwater Falls State Park on the spur of the moment. We stopped at the lodge to get a map of the state park to hike. It just so happened they had rooms available. The rooms could use some updating, but they were clean and comfy! Everyone was suer nice. The breakfast buffet was very good! We will go back for sure! The only true complaint would be the fact that the hot tub jets did not work.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern Ohio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Clean, Clean, Clean...We booked at the last minute for Labor Day Weekend only a couple of rooms were available, so I selected the King Suite with the balcony on the Canyon Side. Turns out it is the only room like that. It was more money so I was hesitant because I couldn't find any pics, but because of the balcony I went for it. It is on the west side of the building on the Canyon Side. Other reviews mention the view being overgrown with Pine Trees and such....very true. But the King Suite has the best view. Got to watch the sunsets from the Balcony while enjoying some adult beverages. (You have to bring your own). The suite is two rooms, good size, one bedroom with a living room. Small Frig provided. Could have used a microwave. 2 flat screen TV's one in each room. The windows actually opened with screens in them, we did not need AC the breeze was wonderful and fresh. Pics provided. Staff was very friendly. Labor Day, check out day, right about wake up time The main hot water line burst above the hallway on the second floor where all the rooms are. So water had to be turned off. The staff offered Cabins for taking showers if needed. We just happen to get up early and had already taken care of that and was eating breakfast in the Restrauant when that happened. The staffs response to the situation could not have been better. They made the best of the situation. Kudos to the staff. The restrauant....we were there 4 times, 2 breakfast and 2 dinners, 2 of the 4 times were very good. 2 were bad, Holiday weekend, wait staff was worn out. :) If you get the Hot Fudge Sundae in a waffle bowl, be prepared it is for two people. The look on my face when they brought it out had everyone laughing, it was embarrasiing that I was going to eat it all by myself. The location is very remote so not a lot of traffic even on the Holiday weekend. Its a get back to nature kind of place. You will know you have gotten away (far away) from the hustle of city life. Very relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, FL
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We also sat on our bed and looked at the canyon, but enjoyed the three deer that came for a snack below our window the most. The view of the canyon is fabulous at all times of the day. One of the best sunsets we have every seen was from the overlook behind the lodge. Our room was very clean, and comfortable. The staff all over the hotel was very friendly, and helpful. We had wonderful breakfast in the restaurant every morning. Also, sitting by the fireplace was great. We were very surprised being a state park property, and not expecting much. However, our stay was so terrific, and we are planning another visit.

Room Tip: Get a canyon view if possible
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Va
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Clean throughout. Helpful staff in all departments. Had a queen bed and twin bed in room overlooking the canyon. Room was small, but clean - no hair dryer, no coffee pot, no iron, no ironing board, no mini refrigerator, no microwave. So if you plan to stay here - plan accordingly for the lack of ammenities. We bought our own coffee maker, coffee, filters and disposable cups and this worked out just fine. They do have coffee in the lobby but we didn't try it as we weren't sure how long it had been there. Pool was large and water was clean. Hot tub was quite large but the jets did not work and will not be fixed because the floor has to be torn up to do so and this will shut the pool area down for 4-5 months according to the pool area attendant. We bought our own cooler (on wheels) and used the ice from the ice machine to keep it replenished (plenty of ice available). If you plan in advance then your trip will be awesome. Skip the dining room area and eat elsewhere - food late getting to you and ladden with grease. Davis had a great B&B called Bright Morning Inn and B&B which serves delicious food. Sarianni's next door has pizza that was actually very good. Hellbenders (across the street) serves giagantic burritos of all sorts much like a Chipolte restaurant does. All in all a great lodge with minor drawbacks. The canyon view is to awesome.

Room Tip: Get a room with a canyon view (other choice is looking at the parking lot).
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was our first time to WVa and to Blackwater Falls. Rented the BWF North new cabins because of the great August special of 50% off 4 bedroom cabin. Cabin was very nice with everything we needed--2 bedrooms - Queen each and 2 other cabins with 2 twins.--ceiling fans and dimmer switchs; 2 full baths, linens provided, comforters; flat screen; 2 sofas and recliner; washer and dryer; table to sit 8; picnic table on deck, charcoal grill; Full kitchen with microwave, stove, full fridge, pots pans, plates, coffee maker, knives and utensils, and glassware. The cabin was well insulated and no odor at all and kept in very very good condition. The closest town is Davis and it is about 3 miles away with a full sized grocery of everything you need including sleeping bags and tons of wine and beer to choose from. Rented the paddleboats on Pendleton lake and walked a few trails. Fresh towels are provided every other day. Our youngest child is 3 and oldest is middle school and everyone had a great time. Fished at the lake and near the Blackwater river. Plenty of trails for everyone's ability but most of the ones we were on were for either beginner or intermediate. The lodge looked very nice with a new indoor pool and game room, but didn't use it because we ran out of time. The restaurant looked very nice too. We also drove to St. George to go to Blackwater Outdoor adventures for canoeing and had a great time there as well.

Room Tip: The "north" cabins are newer. No open fires allowed in the park.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV 26260
Location: United States > West Virginia > Davis
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Davis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 54
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