Middle Falls


  • Location: Near Hacker Valley, WV (Webster County)
  • Elevation: 1,865 feet
  • Coordinates: 38.635400, -80.321953 / (38°38’07.4″N 80°19’19.0″W)
  • Waterway: Fall Run
  • Height: Series of cascades around 6 feet

There are several waterfalls along Fall Run and the Left Fork of the Holly River, and Middle Falls doesn’t disappoint as one of those. It’s a triple feed of cascades that are about six feet high right before you hike to Shupe’s Chute. I’m surprised that this one, along with several other waterfalls farther down along the Left Fork of the Holly River aren’t documented more, as they are mostly all pretty large in both size and volume. These captures were during a dry period.

Middle Falls 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 the right side and this will be the first waterfall you encounter – if you get to Shupe’s Chute, you’ve missed it!

Middle Falls Location

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