Trail Run Project Logo

Elakala Trail

Difficult
 3.0 (1)

Elakala Trail at Blackwater Falls State Park is a short 0.5-mile out-and-back trail with a view of the Elakala Falls.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

87%

Runnable

3,137' 956 m

High

3,077' 938 m

Low

85' 26 m

Up

67' 20 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Need to Know

If runners wish to deviate from the trail, once they pass the bridge over the falls, they can make their way down the gorge to the rocky shoreline to photograph the falls. However, the remaining three waterfalls of the series are progressively more difficult and dangerous to access and have no officially marked trails to them. The full falls can be seen from across the gorge at Pendleton Point.

Runner Notes

Lots of roots and loose stones.

Description

The trailhead is at the southwest side of the Blackwater Lodge. Follow the red-blazed trail down until crossing the wooden bridge that passes over the 35-foot-tall Elakala Falls. This is first in a series of the four waterfalls of Shays Run as it descends into the Blackwater Canyon. Beyond the bridge, the trail then continues on to the canyon rim and the Canaan Loop Road. There are a few views of the canyon along the short trail, but nothing as spectacular as the falls.

Flora & Fauna

Birch, maple, oak, sycamore, hemlock, red spruce, moss, rhododendron. Deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Ryan Spr

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#22848

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#200

in West Virginia

#22,848

Overall
126 Views Last Month
1,333 Since Aug 18, 2019
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%
0%

Photos

Elakala Waterfall #1
Aug 19, 2019 near Davis, WV
Stairway about the midpoint of the trail.
Aug 19, 2019 near Davis, WV

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none