We took a slight detour on our way home from Cass Scenic Railroad to visit Blackwater Falls State Park in our home state of West Virginia. The falls at the park are created by the Blackwater River which plunges more than five stories at this point to the gorge below. The "black" water is a result of the tannic acid from hemlock and spruce needles leaching into the water. Depending on when you decide to visit, the falls look like a roaring beast or a just pleasant flow. Since we had a wet Spring we were treated to massive amounts of water pouring over the top of the falls. The park is very scenic and definitely worth a detour.