Though small in population, Webster County has a lot to offer for both the locals and tourists. From its untouched beauty and breathtaking scenic views to its clear waters and lush land that was made for adventure, Webster County is bound to leave a lasting impression on even the folks just passing through.
Many come to the area for a weekend of seclusion, to catch some trout in the Williams River or to grab a photo of one of the county’s many waterfalls. Webster County has some of the state’s best kept waterfalls that are off-the-beaten path while some of the falls are just a short walk.
Here’s a list of the county’s top waterfalls and details on how to get to their locations.
1. Upper & Lower Falls
These Holly River State Park waterfalls are not to miss! When entering into Holly River State Park on Left Fork Holly River Rd (CR 3), do not bear left toward the park headquarters, but go straight, passing the park maintenance facility on your right and drive 4.8 miles to a parking area. Walk down the ramps and steps into the creek in front of the falls.
Upper & Lower Falls – (38.635598, -80.321946)
2. Shupe’s Chute
Access to Shupe’s Chute and the Lower Falls is from this same parking area. Follow the
trails from the parking area. This waterfall shoots out into a popular swimming hole, sure
to preoccupy the family on a hot summer afternoon.
Don’t forget!!! Stop back at the Holly River State Park Restaurant to refuel after exploring. We recommend the blackberry cobbler and homemade bread!
Shupe’s Chute – (38.634409, -80.322289)
3. Leatherwood Falls
Located near the fork of the Leatherwood Creek and the Elk River in the heart of the Monongahela National Forest, the Leatherwood Falls are a spectacular photo-op you do not want to miss. It’s quite a trek to the falls, but most definitely worth it.
Follow these directions to reach the falls: From Webster Springs, drive 4.1 miles and then veer onto Bergoo Rd for 6.1 miles. Turn right onto Leatherwood Creek Rd. At 3.1 miles both branches of the Leatherwood Creek come together and there will be a wide-open area for you to park. Once parked you want to head toward the right fork to get to the falls.
We suggest wearing some old shoes/boots as the hike to the falls can get quite muddy.
Leatherwood Falls – (38.460293, -80.233654)
4. Whitaker Falls
Whitaker Falls offers a small series of waterfalls which are unlike any other waterfall you
will find in West Virginia. The greenery that surrounds the falls is absolutely stunning and produces incredible pictures.
Whitaker Falls are located around 10 minutes from Elk River Lodge, where you will find camping options, hotels, and restaurants. There are no facilities near Whitaker Falls itself, so take advantage of this place before you head out.
Whitaker Falls – (38.5253, -80.18417)
Surrounded by a lovely waterfall, Mollohan Mill is a historic grist mill located in Webster County. Built in 1894, the two-story frame gable-roofed building is located on a cut stone foundation and stopped operation in 1953. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. This is certainly a site to see if you appreciate local history or just want to experience a beautiful scene of rippling waterfalls.
Once you get into Webster Springs, you’ll turn left onto N Main St. N Main St turns right and becomes WV-20 N/Miller Mountain Rd. Just continue to follow WV-20 N for 19 miles. Next, take a left onto CR 3/Replete Rd and make 2 lefts to stay on CR 3/Replete Rd. Soon after, take a slight left onto Poling Rd and Mollohan Mill will be on the left in about 3 miles.
Mollohan Mill – (38.682193, -80.472150)
The more you explore Webster County, the more desire you’ll have to revisit old sites or discover new hidden gems. These listed waterfall locations are just some of the reasons folks trek through the rugged, but stunning terrain of Webster County. We’re certain there are other reasons.