A long-time gathering spot and place to meditate
HINTON, W.Va. — I grew up in northern West Virginia, but I’ve been visiting southern West Virginia since I was old enough to drive. That was 43 years ago. I’ve been visiting Pipestem State Park, Bluestone State Park and the surrounding natural attractions with every family member and friend that I can.
My most recent visit was with a friend on July 5. There is much to see and enjoy. The one place I can’t resist and make sure others visit is Sandstone Falls. Several miles north of Hinton on the New River, I’ve watched and listened to the falls in the summer when they are fairly calm and people can swim below them. Other times, I’ve been there during flooding and been beyond awe-struck by the power and force of the water.
Water, of course, draws us. If it does you, it’s worth the trip to southern West Virginia to see Sandstone Falls (and so much more, which I’ll highlight in another brief essay later). Below is some of the evidence.
© Michael M. Barrick, 2019