Not far from Blackwater Falls, a famous West Virginia destination, hides a series of cascades along Shay’s Run. These are the Elakala Falls, nestled amongst pine trees and dense mountain laurel.
The falls are easily accessed from Blackwater Lodge; the trailhead is at the edge of the parking lot, on the west side of the Lodge. From there, it is a short walk to the first cascade. Take the bridge over the falls and follow the well-worn, but unofficial, trail to the base of the falls.
Experienced hikers can continue along a bushwhacked path to more cascades further down the canyon, each with its own unique ambiance: the second cascade is tranquil, while the third is a much grander experience, as the 40-foot cascade offers impressive views of the Blackwater Canyon.
Be wary of slippery conditions, whether on muddy ground or mossy rocks. The terrain is rough and not without dangers. Nevertheless, it’s an exciting adventure, with stunning views of beautiful waterfalls.