Photography by the Oberports

In Canaan Valley, the highest valley east of the Mississippi, Mother Nature is a guest at your wedding. Encompassing some of the most majestic scenery in the highlands, it will feel as if you’ve stepped into a painting. Here scenic destinations outnumber traffic lights and your options for fabulous photography know no bounds.

1. Dolly Sods Wilderness

The 17,000-acre Dolly Sods Wilderness Area in the Monongahela National Forest is filled with heart-stopping scenic opportunities—from blueberry bogs to waterfalls to plateaus of pines. Bear Rocks Preserve is a boulder-strewn, windswept expanse that lies on a ridge crest that forms part of the Eastern Continental Divide.

2. Blackwater Falls

It’s easy to get to a beautiful spot to capture the tumbling headwaters of the Blackwater River plunging 63 feet behind you. With a well-maintained wooden walkway and stairs, the path to the falls offer several viewing platforms that place the falls in picture perfect position.

3. Lindy and Pendleton Point Overlooks

These two locations located within Blackwater Falls State Park are a short hike and the vistas are worth it. The dramatic dips and curves of Blackwater Canyon are a breathtaking backdrop.

4. Canaan Valley National Wildlife Area

The 16,000-acre refuge is comprised of unique topography. The expansive views over grasslands and wetlands are bookended by mountains and dotted with wildflowers, waterways, and manicured trails.

 See more in Rock Solid: Your resource guide to planning your Canaan Valley wedding.