PIPESTEM, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is announcing that the Brush Creek Falls natural area near Pipestem State Park is now off limits to swimming.
“The public’s safety is always of paramount concern in operating any type of outdoors facility, and waterfalls and unsupervised swimming in an area where a history of reckless behavior can occur all make for a dangerous combination,” according to Park Superintendent Dave Caplinger in explaining the reason for the decision to restrict swimming.
This breathtakingly beautiful 33-foot tiered waterfall also has sheer cliffs, treacherous swimmers’ paths, and slippery footing that contribute to the safety concerns
However, this popular spot offers a wonderful place to find solitude and enjoy hiking and picnicking opportunities. Visitors to this area, reached by taking Brush Creek Falls Road near I-77 between exits 14 and 20, should keep small children close by when approaching the falls themselves, and waterfalls regardless of location should never be approached from above.
To learn more about Brush Creek Falls for hiking and picnicking opportunities, visit www.pipestemresort.com/BRUSH_CREEK_FALLS.pdf
David Caplinger, Park Supt., Nathan Hanshaw, Asst. Supt.