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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 20, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

Contact:

Robert Gilligan, Park Superintendent, blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov 304-259-5216


Blackwater Falls boardwalk reopens following storm repairs

            DAVIS, W.Va. – Although it will be some time before the vegetative area at Blackwater Falls State Park’s iconic falls has regenerated completely, the boardwalk has reopened just before Memorial Day Weekend. The boardwalk had to be closed to the public because of damaged and downed trees caused by last fall’s major storm.

            “Visitors enjoy the vantage points the boardwalk provides of the falls,” said Robert Gilligan, park superintendent. “We have some very dedicated employees who have gone beyond work expectations in getting it repaired and reopened. We also appreciate all of the local residents who have assisted us in getting the boardwalk reopened. This summer and into the future, visitors will observe nature’s self-healing and the continued recovery work by the park staff and local volunteers.”

            Images of the damage to the Blackwater Falls boardwalk resulting from Superstorm Sandy in late October 2012 are posted on the photo gallery of Blackwater Falls State Park’s website, www.blackwaterfalls.com.

            Blackwater Falls is located in Tucker County between the towns of Thomas and Davis. The park is open year-round and offers lodge and cabin accommodations for vacation consideration, camping, hiking, a full-service restaurant and a nature interpretive program. The iconic Blackwater Falls is nationally recognized. Visit www.blackwaterfalls.com for more information.

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