Winter fun was never like this before. Not in West Virginia, not even on the East Coast. But that’s all changed.

Blackwater Falls State Park has the longest sled run in the east of the Mississippi River.

Offering fast and furious fun, folks race down more than a quarter-mile of freshly groomed snow.

Sledders can travel about 25 miles per hour racing down the track.

Enjoying the breathtaking-ride all day and night is now easier than ever.

Photos by Terri Marshall-Holder

Photos by Terri Marshall-Holder

Lots has changed since the run first opened in 1960, and that’s good. An older tow-rope system is no longer used to haul sledders.

Instead a conveyor, the Wonder Carpet, effortlessly whisks people (and their sleds) back to the top of the mountain.

The wildly popular, renovated Tucker County attraction reopened nearly three years ago. It’s already attracting kids of all ages.

As part of the state park system, snowmaking equipment means sledding is possible throughout the winter.

Even the cold isn’t a problem. Visitors flock to the Warming Hut for hot drinks, homemade soups and stews.

There are no sledding sessions Monday through Wednesday.

It is open Thursday, Sunday and holiday Mondays 10 a.m. to noon, 1-3 p.m., and 4-6 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and holiday Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to noon, 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Terri Marshall-Holder

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