5 Waterfalls To Visit at Peak Fall Foliage

Don’t miss out on discovering some of Almost Heaven’s most breathtaking waterfalls in a whole new view. Take an exciting fall adventure and revisit your favorite classic waterfalls during peak fall foliage. Don’t forget to add these 5 featured cascades to your Waterfall Passport by checking in throughout your visit to win exclusive prizes on the West Virginia Waterfall Trail.

Glade Creek Grist Mill Falls

Glade Creek Grist Mill Falls lies just beneath the historic grist mill – located just a short drive from the adventurer’s favorite town of Fayetteville. The fully operable Grist Mill located in Babcock State Park produces freshly grounded cornmeal that park guests are welcome to purchase during their visit. This staple Almost Heaven autumn cascade is 20 miles southeast of the New River Gorge Bridge and is a must-see during peak fall foliage. Book your visit in late October to catch this waterfall in its magical red and orange prime.

Mill Creek Falls of Kumbrabow

Located in the heart of Randolph County, Mill Creek Falls stands 20 feet tall and is an autumn wonderland suring peak fall foliage. These gentle melting waters sit on top of Rich Mountain, leaving it draped under the curtains of the vibrant red and orange leaves of the Kumbrabow State Forest. Once you arrive at the State Forest during its peak foliage in late September, follow the signs to a parking area, where you can access the wooden steps down to this seasonal waterfall.

Coonskin Grotto

Tucked away in Coonskin Park just outside the capital city of Charleston is a hidden waterfall known as The Coonskin Grotto. This breathtaking cascade plummets into the Elk River creating an isle between both sides of the overhanging rock, which gives the cascade its ‘grotto’ nickname. This hidden gem lays beneath a halo of fall trees creating the perfect spot for relaxing after hiking the 1.1-mile Alice Knight Memorial Trail to get there. Be sure to schedule your hike at the end of October for the best chance to see it during peak fall foliage.

Valley Falls

An Almost Heaven favorite, Valley Falls is located in Marion County and can be appreciated during any season here in the Mountain State. These splashing waters framed by fall color will be expected to reach peak foliage in mid-October at Valley Falls State Park. Be sure to extend your visit by enjoying the rest of the stunning fall color throughout the banks of the Tygart Valley River to which this cascade is connected.

Sandstone Falls

Last but not least, travel to Summers County to enjoy this staple West Virginia cascade in its prime. This magnificent 1,500 feet wide cascade is perfect for viewing endless fall colors in mid-October. Sandstone Falls is located in the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve and is the largest waterfall in the park. Take a quick walk along this ADA-accessible boardwalk to view the rushing waters carved around a collection of small islands.

If your craving for waterfall-chasing isn’t met after these 5 magnificent cascades, be sure to continue your adventure along the West Virginia Waterfall Trail. Don’t forget that you can win prizes as you check in to featured waterfalls!

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This post was last updated on May 12, 2023