Lower Falls #1


  • Location: Near Hacker Valley, WV (Webster County)
  • Elevation: 1,838 feet
  • Coordinates: 38.634138, -80.322022 / (38°38’02.9″N 80°19’19.3″W)
  • Waterway: Left Fork of the Holly River
  • Height: Around 4 feet

This is the second smallest waterfall profiled on the Left Fork of the Holly River, but nonetheless, it’s a pretty one. The pictures don’t really do this spot justice, but the video does, as water elegantly flows over a rock ledge into the swimming hole where Fall Run enters through Shupe’s Chute and empties into the Left Fork of the Holly River. This would be a great spot for a nice lunch break!

Lower Falls #1 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. Take a right and it’ll be viewable from the bottom of Shupe’s Chute at the swimming hole.

Lower Falls #1 Location

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