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Blackwater Falls was everything I hoped it would be.

At the end of January, I drove up to Blackwater Falls State Park with photographer Kenny Kemp to write about the park’s sled riding hill, the only one at a state park in West Virginia.

On the way out, we hiked down a frozen walkway to take a picture of the falls in winter, which was both beautiful and terrifying. It was something that should only be seen at a reasonable distance. You didn’t actually want to be in the water.

But I loved the falls and wanted to come back in the summer and see them when they were thawed.

I got to the falls on a pretty good day. The water looked a little muddy from recent rain, but the sun was out, the temperature was fine and seeing the falls in all its glory is one of the highlights of my 55 in 55 trip and totally worth the three-hour drive.

Nevertheless, I should have planned better and come to Tucker County later in the week. As it turns out, not every county runs on the same schedule.

Tucker County is a bona fide tourist destination. On weekends, the place hums with visitors who come to hike and bike in the warmer seasons, and ski during the winter. But things slow down during the middle of the week.

My search for lunch took me to the Big Belly Deli, in Davis. Their motto is “Never Trust a Skinny Chef,” and the food was fast, hot and generous.

I got the “Red’s Barnyard” sandwich with roast beef, bacon and a fried egg, topped with pepper jack cheese, lettuce and tomato.

While in Davis, I ambled through a couple of the open shops and briefly considered buying a mood ring, but didn’t think they had one in my size.

Back in Thomas, I found the TipTop Coffee Shop. I got a large coffee and had some kind of coconut and chocolate bar that had enough sugar to send a bear into a sugar coma.

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It was delicious.

I also spent some money like a real tourist. I went into Those Who Bloom, an art print store in Thomas. I got two pieces based on tarot cards by Fennec Design.

I got more than I thought I would from the trip. I hope get back to see the falls when the leaves change color and the temperatures cool.


Other places to eat

  • Picnic (Thomas)
  • Purple Fiddle (Thomas)
  • Sawmill Restaurant (Davis)

Pit stops


  • Stone State Park
  • (Davis)
  • Mountain State Brewing
  • Company
  • (Thomas)

Bill Lynch covers entertainment. He can be reached at 304-348-5195 or Follow @lostHwys on Twitter and @billiscap on Instagram.

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