Friday, July 11, 2008


I've encountered some impressive staircases in my visits to state parks and National Forest sites. Some of the most stunning efforts at staircase building have been in West Virginia. Sometimes I'm just completely amazed at the expense and feats of engineering that have gone into placing these stairs to make access easier to some of these peaks, gorges, and waterfalls.

Here are a few of them:

These stairs were actually under construction. When completed, they take you to the Holly River Falls, which you can see through the trees. A most spectacular waterfall. Located in Holly River State Park in West Virginia.

These were National Park stairs. To take you to an overlook in the New River Gorge in West Virginia.

These stairs are quite organic and were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and are located at the Backbone Rock Recreation Area in Tennessee.

These were probably the longest set of stairs I ever climbed. They're in the Tallulah Gorge State Park in Georgia and take you, of course, to the bottom of this spectacular canyon. This is merely one leg of many.

Again, another more organic set of stairs, this one located in Blackwater Canyon in West Virginia.

I like the way this staircase blends with the rock grotto in Beartown State Park, also in West Virginia.

One of the most amazing feats of engineering I've seen for National Forest staircases is at the Falls of Hill Creek in West Virginia. In addition to this very extensive set of staircases that take you past several impressive waterfalls, there is a tremendous metal staircase near the very end that must have been extremely difficult to install. Here it is:

This was something to see. It was bolted to the wall of the canyon so that you could gain access to the last of the waterfalls on Hill Creek.


Wayne Allen Sallee said...

These are all very neat shots with great perspective, Bob. Anyone can take photos of stairs, but these show the best angles possible, none really being the same.

Mark Martin said...

I'm amazed (pleasantly) at the lack of human beings in those pics. The thing I hate about most tourist attractions is the tourists! Not that I hate the individual people - you know what I mean!

I wish I had more time to go exploring.

HemlockMan said...

Thanks, Wayne. I'm not a very good photographer due to my impatience, but sometimes I take a few decent shots.

Mark: when faced with literally hundreds of stairs, most tourists decide against the effort. Of course I spend as much time as possible completely away from other human beings. I've hiked trails that kept me in solitude for days. Those, of course, had no stairs at all.