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The Many Views of Sandstone Falls

avatar   Stacy

Posted On 06/29/2021 09:20:28

West Virginia | New River Gorge National Park and Preserve | Sandstone Falls | Waterfalls | Hiking | Scenic Views

The Many Views of Sandstone Falls


The largest waterfall both in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and on the New River spans 1,500 feet in width. There's an overlook with a view of the waterfall on WV-20, just several miles from the Sandstone Visitor Center. Getting the best view of the falls requires a longer (and very scenic) drive coupled with an easy hike along an accessible boardwalk.

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Do you prefer wide waterfalls or tall waterfalls?

We both love all waterfalls, but if forced to choose between wide or tall, we would probably choose tall. The highest drop at Sandstone Falls measures about 25 feet (with some areas only measuring 10 feet), but the waterfall is 1,500 feet across!

Depending on where you are in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, getting to the waterfall is part of the fun. We started at the Sandstone Visitor Center and drove south to the town of Hinton where we crossed the river and then drove back north to the waterfall. Fortunately much of the drive is right alongside the river and is very scenic. Once at the parking area, the walk to the waterfall viewpoint is only about 0.25 miles long on a boardwalk path.

Had it not been raining, we probably would have also hiked the 1/2 mile Island Loop Trail which loops around one of the islands on the bottom level of the waterfall.

Would you rather hike to a really tall or really wide waterfall?

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