Middle Fern Creek Falls


  • Location: Near Lansing, WV (West Virginia)
  • Elevation: 1,250 feet
  • Coordinates: 38.05748, -81.065903 / (38° 3′ 26.928” N, 81° 3′ 57.2508” W)
  • Waterway: Fern Creek
  • Height: Around 60 feet

Middle Fern Creek Falls is the 7th waterfall on Fern Creek, and it is the largest! This massive waterfall drops about 60 feet in a thunderous crash. In periods of good rainfall, the waterfall can be seen from the New River Gorge Bridge! When hiking up or down Fern Creek, you can’t miss the loud roar coming from this gargantuan fall!

There are two ways to access Fern Creek and explore the falls. These falls are not easy to access – it takes a lot of effort. There are house-sized boulders, occasional areas of rotten ground between boulders, and not to mention, it is very steep in places. The first way to access is to drive down Fayette Station Road about halfway down to the river. There is a very sharp turn to the right, and at this spot, there is a visible trail where you can park and then hit the trail. Going this way, you will want to hug the boulders that make up the endless wall essentially until you hear Matteus Falls. Then it will be time to begin your steep descent down. The second way to access is to drive down Fayette Station Road to a railroad crossing where Fayette Station Bridge is. There is parking here. Walk up the railroad tracks about a half mile, and you will see where Fern Creek empties out, and under good rainfall, hear the Lower Falls. I prefer going this way, but BEWARE – trains are active on these tracks. Pay very close attention!

Middle Fern Creek Falls Location

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