- Location: Valley Falls State Park (Taylor/Marion County border)
- Elevation: 946 feet
- Coordinates: 39.387070, -80.087739 / (39°23’13.5″N 80°05’15.9″W)
- Waterway: Tygart Valley River
- Height: Around 10 feet spans entire river
Valley Falls is fantastic waterfall spanning the 135 mile Tygart Valley River on the Taylor/Marion County border in northern West Virginia. The waterfall is the key feature of Valley Falls State Park, which includes a couple of nice trails.
You could spend hours photographing different angles and perspectives of Valley Falls, as there are so many different spots to capture shots. It’s a fun waterfall, and there’s plenty of water flowing even during a dry season, so it’s easy to shoot any time of the year, plus it is easy to reach, as it’s just a short walk in the park from the parking area.
The state park used to be home to a grist mill and lumber community, and there are four total waterfalls in the park. I plan to capture the other three very soon.
To access Valley Falls, take Exit 137 off of I-79 toward WV 310 S/E Grafton Road. You’ll drive this road for 7.7 miles and turn right onto Valley Falls Road for 3/4 of a mile. You’ll come across at a junction at the end of Rock Lake. Stay left at the junction and remain on Valley Falls Road for two more miles until you reach the parking area.