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Blackwater Falls offers holiday celebrations

December 26, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Blackwater Falls State Park activities include Christmas and holiday activities for overnight park guests and day visitors. Activities organized at the Tucker County destination to round out 2012 include:

On Wednesday, Dec. 26, Ask the Naturalist will take place at Sled Run at 11 a.m. to see what the naturalist has on display and to meet the staff at sled run.A nature interpretive hike along the park road will begin at 2 p.m.. The hike is one mile long and will last about one hour,.

Meet park naturalists at Sled Run Fire Circle at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, to learn the scout skill of the day. Scout skills can include fire building, rope making, etc. There is no fee for the activity.

Morning Lake Stroll will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in the Harold Walters Nature Center to enjoy an easy stroll around Pendleton Lake exploring the wintering flora and fauna of that area. The storll will be about one hour long. The trail may be wet, muddy or snow covered.

Once There Was A Tree will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in Blackwater Lodge music room, this is a storybook reading followed by finger painting. The craft fee will be 50 cents.

Solar System and Constellation Activity will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in the Music Room at Blackwater Lodge. Those attending will create a solar system and constellation craft. The activities will last about 45 minutes, and the craft fee is 23 cents plus tax.

Listen to the Forest Hike will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Sled Run parking area. Participants will to learn about tree identification and inhabitants of the forest. About one-and-a-half hours. Trail may be wet, muddy or snow-covered.

The Sled Run fire circle is the place to be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, to learn about the original forest around Davis, what happened to it and how it affected present day Blackwater Falls State Park. Participants have the opportunity to enjoy a hot chocolate during the presentation compliments of Blackwater Falls. The activity will about half an hour long.

Meet park naturalist Paulita Cousin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Sled Run fire circle for the story about black bears.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, "CC Boys" in Blackwater Lodge Music Room will feature a 3 p.m. story of the good that came from an enlightened government policy, which invested in the development of human resources and environmental protection in the 1930s. The legacy left from the Civilian Conservation Corp can still be enjoyed and seen in West Virginia forests and parks. This documentary by Robert Whetsell records the beneficial and often unappreciated impact of the CCC on the lives of West Virginians not only in that time period of economic need but ever since that time. The presentation will be about 30 minutes.

New Year's Eve Blackwater Falls State Park will offer couples and families an opportunity to ring out 2012 and ring in 2013 in the serenity of a woodland environment. Several package options are available from overnight lodging to event only to children activities. New Year's Eve Party registration is from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Milton Harr Conference Center at the park lodge.

A New Year's Eve Buffet with spiral ham with raisin sauce, prime rib, shrimp with lobster in cream sauce on the buffet is available at Blackwater Lodge dining room. Reservations are recommended but not required and may be made by stopping by or calling 304-259-5216, ext. 403.

New Year's Eve Dance will be from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. with an evening of music and lights from DJ Dan Barkley, hors d'oeuvres and a midnight champagne toast. Beer and wine cash bar is available. Children ages 4 to 12 can enjoy a chaperoned party with crafts, movies, games and snacks.

New Year's Breakfast Buffet at Blackwater Falls Restaurant is from 7 a.m. until noon. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet in Blackwater Lodge dining room. Reservations are recommended but not required and may be made by stopping by or calling 304-259-5216, ext. 403.

First Day Hike at Blackwater Falls will meet at the Sled Run Parking Area at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, to hike to Lindy Point. Start out 2013 with a vigorous walk to one of the most photographic sites in West Virginia with the park naturalist with short stops for interpretation. The hike includes walking forest road 18 and Lindy trail. Snowshoes may be required in deep snow and are available for rent at Sled Run. Participants should carry extra water and dress for the weather. This a approximately a three mile round trip and about three hours for time.

To learn more about Blackwater Falls, accommodations, cabins and activities, call 304-259-5216 or visit



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