Blackwater Falls State Park #2

On December 31, 2010, in Photography Tips, West Virginia, by admin

Elakala Falls #1, Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia

This is an image of the first waterfall on Shay Run in Blackwater Falls State Park.  Known as Elakala Falls, there are four separate waterfalls as Shay Run descends the Blackwater Gorge.  The falls get progressively more difficult to access as you descend the gorge.  Kevin Adams book, Waterfalls of Virginia And West Virginia, contains a great description on how to access each of the four falls.  I made it the third fall, but by that point my wife could not go further.  If you ever have plans to descend to the fourth fall let me know, I will go with you!

The swirls in the water are the result of the two second shutter speed.  This slow shutter speed also gives the falls that veil appearance that I prefer.

Blackwater Falls State Park is a small park and all of the major falls are easily accessible.  An easy three hour drive from DC makes this a scenic day trip, especially in the spring and fall when colors abound.