Where to Catch the Best Sunsets in West Virginia

There’s something special about an Almost Heaven sunset. It may be the brilliant colors streaking the sky, the satisfaction of another complete day or the serenity of being amongst nature in the most beautiful place in the world.


Fort Boreman Park provides the perfect overlook of the Ohio Valley. It’s the site of a Civil War fort on a hilltop that overlooks a scenic valley formed by the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers. Named after West Virginia’s first governor and Parkersburg citizen Arthur Boreman, the park was built by union troops to protected the B&O Railroad terminal and commercial river facilities in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The park is the perfect spot for a picnic and to watch the hustle and bustle of the city below.

Coopers Rock State Forest

The iconic view at Coopers Rock State Forest is only made better with a sun setting over the valley. Located just outside of Morgantown, Coopers Rock has beautiful overlooks of the canyon section of the Cheat River that offer stunning vista views at any time of day. While the overlook is the main draw, visitors can also experience a scenic forest getaway among the numerous boulders and cliffs at Coopers Rock. And, hiking trails, historical sites and more dot the property.

New River Gorge

The New River Gorge area offers views from every angle – making it the perfect spot to watch an Almost Heaven sunset. If you want a direct view of the New River Gorge Bridge, hike the Long Point Trail to get the best angle. For nonstop views at every turn, try the Endless Wall trail, which has been voted USA Today’s “Best National Park Hike” in 2015. For another option, try the Beauty Mountain trail, which is a short walk to an amazing view. All three provide stunning backdrops for sunsets.

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022