Blackwater Falls State Park begins online ticket sales for popular sled run

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.The eagerly awaited sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park is set to kick off its winter season, and enthusiasts can now secure advance tickets conveniently through the official website In past years, tickets have gone quickly, so advanced reservations are strongly recommended. 

“The sled run remains a cherished attraction among West Virginia’s state parks, and we’re thrilled to extend a warm welcome to all for yet another season of exhilarating winter activities and family bonding,” said Brad Reed, Chief of West Virginia State Parks. “Given the enormous popularity of our sled run, which for many has become an annual family tradition, and the rapid sell-out of tickets in the past, we strongly encourage everyone to reserve their tickets online well ahead of time this year. This way, they can plan their visits and fully savor the winter wonders Blackwater Falls offers.

Operating from December 23 to March 5, 2024, Wednesdays through Sundays (weather permitting), the sled run will also observe extended hours during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year’s, as well as on Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents’ Day. Any updates to the season schedule will be promptly shared on West Virginia State Parks’ official website and social media channels.

For the 2023 season, session tickets are priced at $28 for weekdays and $33 for weekends and holidays. Each session spans two hours and is available at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. on weekdays, with an additional 7 p.m. session on Fridays, Saturdays and holiday Sundays.

Guests are requested to arrive at least 20 minutes before their scheduled session for a mandatory safety briefing. Adequate winter attire, including snow-protective outerwear, is strongly recommended. The park will provide sleds and all necessary equipment.

The quarter-mile sled run is equipped with illuminating lights for nighttime sledding and features a convenient magic carpet that easily transports riders and their sleds back to the hilltop. Guests and spectators alike can enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the recently refurbished warming hut and patio equipped with an enticing selection of warm beverages, snacks, and retail items for sale.

For those seeking alternative winter adventures, Blackwater Falls State Park also offers cross-country skis and snowshoes for rent. For detailed information regarding the sled run or to secure your tickets in advance, please visit

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