Mash Fork Falls At Camp Creek State Park

Mash Fork Falls

Located in Mercer County West Virginia, Mash Fork Falls can be found at Camp Creek State Park. Home to 35 miles of hiking trails, this West Virginia state park also boasts two waterfalls inside its 550 acre borders.

The waterfall at Mash Fork is only about six feet high but the undercut sandstone ledges that create the cascade are visually impressive.

Mash Fork Falls is the smaller of the two stops on the WV Waterfall Trail at Camp Creek but is still worth visiting. The creek is shallow and inviting, but there is also a viewing platform if you don’t want to get wet.

Mash Fork Falls

We chose to wade in. On this hot fourth of July weekend the waterfall wasn’t flowing at full force. Normally an impressively wide waterfall, Mash Fork Falls was contained to two falling streams on the left side of the rock ledge.

This did not deter park visitors as there was quite a crowd in the creek above and below the waterfall.

If you want to see water cascading over this West Virginia waterfall, make sure you time you visit following a period of good rain. Recent rainfall greatly effects this waterfall, which can slow down significantly in the summertime.

There is no bad time to visit though. With the water flow decreased, we were able to examine the rock formations that create the waterfall on Mash Fork Creek.

This closer look beneath the falls is typically not visible when the water is flowing heavily.

How To Get To Mash Fork Falls

Camp Creek State Park is easily accessible from I-77. A few minutes off the exit and you will have arrived at the park.

Once there, you have two ways to get to Mash Fork Falls at Camp Creek State Park. Like the Oglebay Park waterfall, this too is easily accessible. This makes it a great stop for people of all ages and physical abilities.

Camp Creek State Park Trails
There are 35 miles of hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty at Camp Creek State Park.

If you’re looking for an adventure park near the trail head at Camp Creek State Park playground. There is ample parking in the lot. From there cross the street and head uphill onto the trail. This clearly marked trailhead leads to five different trails.

The Mash Fork Falls Trail is a one mile hike eventually leading to the waterfall. Unlike some of the easier trails in the park, it is described as a difficult hike.

However, if you aren’t feeling up to the hike or are short on time there is also a shortcut.

Mash Fork Falls
Look for this sign if you are driving to Mash Fork Falls. You are going the right way.

Park visitors can drive past the trailhead parking lot and continue onto the road. From there they will stay to the right, eventually finding themselves near a gravel road. A sign on the side of the road will point to Mash Fork Falls.

A short drive down the gravel road and you can park right next to the waterfall observation platform.

Above And Beyond The waterFall

Mash Fork Falls
The view from the edge of the waterfall. Don’t worry, this one isn’t high enough to be very dangerous.

When the water is low, this waterfall turns into a trickle. The dramatic view of the wide falls is diminished in the warm and dry summer months. But that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t visit. There are plenty of things to do around the falls.

The creek that leads to the waterfall begs to be explored. A small path from the viewing platform leads to the top of the waterfall. From there you can carefully work your way back into solitude.

Mash Fork Falls

Impressive rock formations border the rocky creek bed of Mash Fork along the hillside. Though not quit a cave, you can move under the deep ledges and examine the structure above you.

It was less crowded back here than at the falls. Several deeper pools presented good opportunities to throw bigger rocks in for a splash. Watch your step, the majority of the creek bed is loose rock so you can’t cover ground quickly.

Closer to the falls, is an incredible set of stone steps built into the hillside. We ran out of time on our visit. Where these ancient steps lead to is still a mystery to us. Have you been to the top and survived to talk about it? Let us know what’s up there if you’ve ventured up.

Camp Creek State Park

Fishing At Mash Fork

If you are visiting Camp Creek State Park in the early spring, be sure to pack your fishing pole.

However, at certain times of the year there are fishing restrictions. Mash Fork Creek is one of two streams designated as class Q fishing locations in West Virginia. There are a total of ten class Q fishing locations in the state and Mash Fork is the only one in Mercer County.

This special designation means that only children under the age of 14 and individuals with a class Q license can fish from Mash Fork Creek from March 1 to May. Additionally, there is a four trout daily limit instead of the typical West Virginia daily limit of six.

In order to qualify for a class Q wv fishing license, you must complete the Disability Medical Evaluation Form and submit it to the WV DNR.

This 100 yard section of the stream near the waterfall gives everyone a good opportunity to catch a trout. The WVDNR trout stocking program includes this West Virginia State Park stream.

The water was too low for fishing during our visit. But the frequent spring rains and WV trout stocking program make it a popular destination early in the year. If you plan to fish Mash Fork at Camp Creek, make sure you go before it gets too hot.

Mash Fork Falls

Remember, the WV Department of Tourism is rewarding outdoor adventurers who visit multiple WV waterfalls. Scan 3 or more QR codes at the 38 waterfalls in West Virginia and earn your prizes.

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