We chose this park because it had "pet-friendly" cabins, and we wanted to take Argos with us. And it worked out really well - we had to rent an SUV to get everything down there because the park's regulations stated that we needed to have him in a crate if he was left in the cabin unattended. And while we didn't leave him very often or for very long, we did go down into the nearby town (Davis, WV) a few times for meals, and couldn't bring him with us.
Here is the cabin we stayed in. This particular one was just one room, though it was roomy enough not to be terribly crowded, at least for the two nights that we stayed there. It was also clean, comfortable, and actually had some of the "extras" that made life easier, like glasses, silverware, plates, etc. Oh, and it had running water and electricity, but I INSISTED on these things. I love the idea of getting away from the city, but I do not like the idea of giving up being clean and being able to read after dark.
I would definitely recommend this park to anyone wanting to take a dog on vacation with them - though I would hesitate to call it pet friendly, more pet-accepting. You can bring your dog, let them stay in the cabin with you, and take them for leashed walks on the trails, but there is no off-leash area, no park, nothing that caters specifically to the dogs. I thought that this was okay, as Argos is perfectly content to hike around leashed, but any dog that is used to more freedom is going to feel restricted.
|Jeff and Argos on the Cherry Hill Trail, a very gentle trail that ended a few feet from our cabin.|
|Me and Argos, mugging for the camera.|
|Argos and I waiting for Camera Man Husband to finish up taking pictures of the falls.|
|The Blackwater Falls, for which the state park is named. We had to descend over 200 stairs to get to the overlook for these falls, but it was well-worth it! The stairs weren't that difficult anyway, though it was a little tougher going back up.|
|Blackwater Falls from an overlook further up. This was called the "Gentle Trail" which was short, paved, handicapped accessible, etc.|
|Beautiful shot of the canyon from one of several overlook areas thoughtfully fenced off so that people don't go plunging into the canyon below.|
|Elkala Falls. We were in this forest at dusk, and I was nervous the entire time about having a bear encounter. We never did, though.|
|I like to call this one "Forest's Edge." It was one of the few that I took.|
|Canyon at sunrise. It was amazing to watch the trees light up as the sun rose over them.|
|Tall forest is tall.|
Okay, back to Argos pictures! He was very good, and LOVED all of the walks. I fear that his normal life is going to be boring for him now! No, there is no way that we can continue to do 5+ walks a day through the wilderness, sorry Argos!
|Ascending from the lower Blackwater Falls overlook.|
|Argos spots something moving! I think it was a chipmunk.|
|And at the end of a long day of hiking, sniffing trees, and looking at the scenery, sacked out across the bed in the cabin. But where were Jeff and I supposed to sleep?|