Lower Falls #2


  • Location: Near Hacker Valley, WV (Webster County)
  • Elevation: 1,827 feet
  • Coordinates: 38.635175, -80.324600 / (38°38’06.6″N 80°19’28.6″W)
  • Waterway: Left Fork of the Holly River
  • Height: Around 15 feet

This, along with the Upper Falls are probably the most popular waterfalls at Holly River State Park. I was there on a dry day, so the water flowing off on the day I was there was not as strong as usual – there are some fantastic captures on this spot online. I do plan on returning in the winter for wintry shots of this spot with hopefully more water. The falls drop about 15 feet at this location – more waterfalls await the water downstream. At the time I was there, a large log had wedged itself on the left side of the waterfall. Hopefully in time that will break away.

Lower Falls #2 is located within Holly River State Park. I took Route 3 right at the entrance of Holly River State Park on the Hacker Valley side, and drove about 4.2 miles out Route 3. Keep in mind, this road does turn to gravel, although I drove in a low-clearance sedan and didn’t have any issues. Then, you’ll see a gravel road on the right side of the road that drops down that has signs for Shupe’s Chute and the Upper Falls, among other things. Take that gravel road for a couple hundred feet, and parking will be there. Park there, and head out on the trail! Upper Falls will be on the left side, along with the steep ascent to Potato Knob, while Shupe’s Chute and several other waterfalls will be on the right side. Head right and it’ll be only about a quarter mile downriver from Shupe’s Chute. It’s not a far walk at all!

Lower Falls #2 Location

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