Mill Creek Falls, Antead, W.V.

"Mill Creek Falls is a 20' drop on Mill Creek, near Ansted West Virginia. There are numerous drops on Mill Creek as it makes it way down into the New River gorge, but this is the most significant. The waterfall is located about midway along a rail trail that leads from Ansted to the Hawks Nest State Park Marina. From either end of the trail, it is about a mile hike to the falls.

The trail leads to the brink of the falls. Getting into the gorge for a better view is not easy. This is also true if you drive to the falls along Hawks Nest Road, with the added difficulty that you have to find some place to park your car on the narrow road.

A fun way to visit the falls is to start at the Hawks Nest Resort and take the tram down to the river. From there it is a scenic mile hike to the falls. Along the way you will pass over an old trestle bridge, the foundations of an old water tower, and a side trail will take you to an old mine."*

At the beginning of the rail trail, you will find Westlake Falls and Upper Mill Creek Falls.  You can get down in the creek here, but it was raining (pouring) the day I was there, so I shot these from the bridge.

Westlake Falls



Another fall, Fox Branch is located on the rail trail side of the creek about 3/4 way down and just at a tressle.  It can be seen from the road as well, but usually only runs during heavy weather.

Fox Branch


38.1248N 81.1076W



I visited Mill Creek a few days after the devastation on July 2, 2016.  I have to say, the road was a mess, but still passable.  Most of the damage was along the banks of the creek and it seems like mostly on the road side and not so much on the rail trail side.  The main falls looked good.  No real damage at the falls.

This was shot at the main falls.

 Mill Creek Erosion

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