Every year my wife and I head down to the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia so she can attend a work conference and I tag along since the room is comped. Every year I try to find a new and interesting place to hike and explore. This year I read about the Falls of Hills Creek that is in the Monongahela National Forest in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. This is a set of 3 waterfalls that grow in size from 25 feet tall to 45 feet and then the lowest falls are 65 feet tall. The entire trail is only 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot, so it’s an easy hike, but there are a lot of stairs to cover. I got there shortly after sunrise and went to the tallest falls first. There wasn’t too much water coming over, but it was just enough. From there I moved up and eventually found my way to the 2nd waterfall. The first fall was a bit obstructed and I couldn’t get a nice image of it.
The next day of the trip I went to a place more local to the Greenbrier to Blue Bend Recreation Area. It is a small swimming hole in the National Forest as well with some hiking trails. It was mostly closed though from the recent flooding though. Still plenty nice to walk around though.
My family and I just have just returned from an extra long weekend at Babcock State Park in West Virginia. The park is beautiful and home to the often photographed Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Trying to get an original image of the mill is nigh impossible at this point, but I took a few that I like, and for me, that is all that matters.
Other places we ventured too included Hawk’s Nest State Park, the New River Gorge Bridge, Cathedral Falls near Gauley Bridge and Plum Orchard Lake. West Virginia is a fantastic state for sight seeing and exploring. It seemed like everywhere we went, the landscaped was so impressive. I easily could have spent so much more time hiking around, but alas, I have to get back to my real job.
This evening turned out to be surprisingly uneventful for me so I took advantage of it and tossed a kayak on the roof of my truck, packed a drybag of camera gear and headed out to a local lake for a quick paddle.
The quick trip around the lake was such a relaxing and calming time. There were some fishermen out on various small boats, but the lake was very quiet. Most of the noise was simply the water lapping at the bow and the wind whistling over the water. The cloudy skies hampered any chance of a nice sunset shot, but it all worked out in the end.