Amidst the splendor of the Allegheny Highlands, I found myself drawn once again to Blackwater Falls State Park on a brisk autumn day. With two friends in tow, I was eager to showcase the park’s renowned gems: the iconic Blackwater Falls, the captivating Falls of the Elakala, and the breathtaking views from Lindy Point at sunset.
The Blackwater Falls revealed themselves with gentler cascades than usual, the result of a dry summer’s reduced rainfall. Yet, the sight was no less mesmerizing. From a meandering stream in the Canaan Valley, the Blackwater River plunges 57 feet, marking its dramatic metamorphosis into the powerful whitewater currents of Blackwater Canyon.
Meanwhile, the Falls of the Elakala remained as enchanting as ever. We were treated to a visual feast as a spectrum of autumnal hues cascaded alongside Shay Run. Working with a long exposure, we could make out swirling patterns made ever more defined by the leaves passing through.
As the day waned, we joined a gathering of fellow photographers and sunset aficionados at Lindy Point. Although it was a popular spot that evening, the vastness of the vista ensured that all had a front-row seat to nature’s grand display.