Powderhouse Falls


  • Location: Near Ansted, WV (Fayette County)
  • Elevation: 989 feet
  • Coordinates: 38.122578, -81.107772 / (38°07’21.3″N, 81°06’28.0″W)
  • Waterway: Mill Creek
  • Height: Around 6 feet

Powderhouse Falls is one of several waterfalls found along Mill Creek in Fayette County. It is a small waterfall around 6 feet tall, and is named for an old abandoned building that is found beside it.

To access Powderhouse Falls, drive on Route 60 to the town of Ansted in Fayette County. When you’re in town, locate a Rite Aid (likely a Walgreens now) and drive into the parking lot. You’ll notice that the parking lot connects to a little road. Take that road, which will lead you to Rich Creek Road. You’ll very briefly be on this road before making a sharp left onto Route 60/2, which is Hawks Nest Road. Take that road, which will put you under Route 60, and it’ll take you to a parking area. At this point, you can either continue driving down Route 60/2 directly to the falls, or you can hike the Ansted Rail Trail. This waterfall is better viewed from Route 60/2, since the waterfall is on that side of the creek, but there are not a lot of easy spots to get a good capture – be careful!

Powderhouse Falls Location

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