CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice is encouraging West Virginians to get outside this Memorial Day weekend and visit the statewide Waterfall Trail.
“It’s the first waterfall trail in the country and the trail has received tremendous national recognition such as top-tier travel publications including Travel + Leisure, USA Today and Southern Living,” the governor said during his Wednesday’s media briefing.
The trail has expanded to give outdoor enthusiasts more opportunities to view waterfalls and take photos. The state Department of Tourism announced nine stops have been added to the trail.
Iconic points of interest such as Backwater, Sandstone and Kanawha Falls are already on the trail. The additional points are listed below:
- Falls Mill
- Flanagan Branch Falls
- Loopemount Waterfall
- Mann’s Creek Falls
- Parkinson’s Waterfall
- Pipestem Falls
- Sugar Camp Run Falls
- Tucker Falls
- Westerly Falls
Tourism officials say those waterfalls, most that are off the beaten path, have been included to encourage visitors to explore lesser-known forests and parkland.
Have you heard the news? The West Virginia Waterfall Trail has been expanded, just in time for summer cascade chasing! 🎉 https://t.co/4Wt9uuYLQe
— West Virginia Tourism (@WVtourism) May 24, 2023
The expansion now includes a total of 38 waterfalls.
Prizes are being offered for explorers that use a digital platform to check in at waterfalls.
Justice said more than 35,000 participants from 49 states and 15 countries have checked in using the program.
More information on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail can be found HERE.