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Lower Falls of Hill Creek

Falls of Hill Creek

The Falls of Hills Creek Scenic Area, a part of the Monongahela National Forest, features three scenic waterfalls along Hill Creek in West Virginia.

The waterfalls of Hills Creek are worth the trek down a steep trail—which includes laboring up and down 382 steps over 1½-miles. Layers of hard sandstone rock are exposed over soft layers of red shale causing the sandstone to fracture and fall, leaving behind three magnificent waterfalls.

  • Upper Falls of Hills Creek: A 25-foot fan waterfall
  • Middle Falls of Hills Creek: A 45-foot fan waterfall
  • Lower Falls of Hills Creek: A 63-foot plunge waterfall, the second-highest cascade in the state

The trail passes by over 40 different species of seasonal wildflowers and winds its way through thickets of rhododendron and towering hardwoods.

The Cranberry Mountain Nature Center is a short drive from the Falls of Hill Creek, and features exhibits, an auditorium, regularly scheduled events and programs, a native plant garden, and a nature trail.

The Falls of Hill Creek Trail is a 1½-mile in-and-out hiking trail that includes 382 steps. The first 1,700 feet of the trail is paved and includes a wheelchair-accessible path to a viewing platform for the Upper Falls.

Trail Map
(304) 653-4826 (summer months)
(304) 846-2695 (winter months)

  • From the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at the junction of the Highland Scenic Highway (WV Route 150) and WV Routes 39 and 55, follow WV Routes 39 and 55 west for 5½ miles.
  • From Richwood, follow WV Routes 39 and 55 east for 17 miles.
  • From US Route 219 at Mill Point, follow WV Routes 39 and 55 west for 11.8 miles.


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