Affordable Lodge in the Great Outdoors – Blackwater

This 54-room lodge perches on the edge of a deep canyon overlooking Blackwater River in Blackwater Falls State Park. Nearly hidden in the forest, the wood-and-stone structure looks as if it grew from the soil like the trees shading it.

Indoors, you’ll find a decent down-home restaurant, cozy sitting room with fireplace, heated swimming pool, and a hot tub. Outdoors, you can boat in little Pendleton Lake, trail ride from the stables, hike miles of trails, fish for trout in the river, or rent a mountain bike to explore national-forest backroads. Rates: $76 to $119 a night for two.

This article first appeared in the May 2006 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles like it, click here.