Autumn Adventures in Hampshire County

Fall in West Virginia is Almost Heaven, for sure. It’s the time when our mountainous landscapes shine, covered in the warmest hues of yellow, orange and red. A natural splendor on display for all to see, Autumn here is a season like no other. Along with jaw-dropping views comes unforgettable adventures. Read on to learn more about the seasonal opportunities to be had in Hampshire County.

Scenic Train Ride

Immerse yourself in stunning vista views as you travel along one of West Virginia’s most scenic railroads. Explore some of the most exceptional parts of the county all from the comfort of your seat. Catch sights of bald eagles, historical farms and the famously known “Trough,” when aboard the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Have your pick of a full or half-day trip or even being served a premium homemade meal. For even more beauty, catch a Sunset Trough trip before they are over. This trip takes guests southbound through the Trough to Sycamore Bridge and back, allowing for viewing majestic colors as the sun sets below the horizon.

Mountain Resort

Escape the stress of everyday life with a retreat to Capon Springs and Farms, a historic, all-inclusive mountain resort with over 4,700 acres of breathtaking fall scenery located less than two hours away from Washington, D.C. Breathe in the fresh, autumn air as you explore the property or relax on the porch. Fish from the pond or play a round of golf. Enjoy the comfort of homemade seasonal meals served family-style. Treat yourself to a Roman style bath or personal swimspa pool, both from the healing spring waters found on the property. Soothing massages and reflexology sessions are also among the spa services available here.

Heavenly Hike

Spend a perfect fall day exploring West Virginia’s great outdoors with a guided hike to Ice Mountain Preserve, a hidden gem tucked within Hampshire County. Ice Mountain gets its name from the refrigeration effect that takes place within the boulders at the foot of the mountain. Dense, cold air sinks deep into the rocks during the cooler months, causing ice masses to form inside. The cool air then flows out of the vents among the rocks during the warmer months. Here, you’ll discover unique plant species such as twinflower, dwarf dogwood and bristly rose. Contact Hampshire County’s Conventions and Visitors Bureau for more information on how to get this once-in-a-lifetime fall hike on the schedule.

Arts & Entertainment

Experience the joy of small-town community with a visit to The River House. This spot boasts a friendly atmosphere complete with tasty pastries and an espresso bar that serves up the perfect warm drinks for fall. Participate in making your own autumn-themed crafts or catch live musical performances on the weekends. Shop a variety of work produced by local, West Virginia artisans or simply sit and enjoy the inspirational surroundings. Bring along the entire family for some fall-time fun or take advantage of the welcoming environment and add this to your solo travel plans.

Stay a While

Spend some more time in Hampshire Country and stay at the Koolwink Motel, a retro 70’s motel which first opened its doors to the traveling public as a tourist home in 1936. The South Branch Inn is another hotel option with amenities including a continental breakfast, high-speed internet, exercise facility and suite options.

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This post was last updated on May 15, 2023