Fall Foliage Road Trip: Route 24 to U.S. 219

Majestic Summits & Mountain Towns

This week, the foliage in the higher elevations of West Virginia will be reaching peak color with golden hues setting the tone. If you are ready for your first leaf-peeping adventure, Route 24 to U.S. 219 is the perfect place to do just that.

Begin your road trip in Preston County, where you can enjoy scenic views along Route 24 as you head south towards Tucker County. Don’t forget to take in the shifting colors along this drive, where red and oranges are beginning to paint the tree line. As you approach your first destination, you will continue your drive along U.S. 219 heading south.

After enjoying the golden gues along your first stretch of road, arrive in the beloved mountain town of Thomas. Explore local artist’s galleries lining the main street such as BLOOM and stop for a bite to eat at the Purple Fiddle to hold you over. Enjoy all that this unique spot has to offer before heading up the road to Thomas’ sister town of Davis. If a midday brew is in your plans, stop by Stumptown Ales or head to Trailhead Coffee Shop to refuel.

Start the 40-minute drive from Davis to Seneca Rocks, where you can take in changing color along the way. Pass through Harman’s and arrive in Seneca Rocks with a grand view of the iconic craggy view. Take some time to explore the area by heading to the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center where you can begin the 1.3-mile trek to the top. Enjoy the wide-open views from this observation deck before heading beginning the 1.3-mile trip back down.

Arrive at your car hit the road heading southwest on WV-28 before connecting to Forest Road 112. As you begin to make your way higher and higher in elevation, you might begin to notice more fall color lining the trees. Connect onto Forest Road 104 and complete your drive up the mountain, arriving at Spruce Knob.

4,863 feet above sea level, Spruce Knob is West Virginia’s highest peak and the point’s fall foliage will begin to take on more vibrant hues this week. Stretch your legs and take on the half-mile Whispering Spruce Trail to reach the Spruce Knob Observation Tower, where you can enjoy the vantage point’s breathtaking views. After you have had your fill of awe-inspiring views, head back down the mountain. Don’t forget to stop and take a peek at the stunning Spruce Knob Lake on your way.

Don’t end your leaf-peeping here—Head an hour north to Elkins where you will catch beautiful views along the way. Upon your arrival into this mountain town, check in to The Forks Inn. This family-owned inn is not only a cozy place to stay within an outdoors wonderland, it is also home to a restaurant offering locally sourced delectable dishes.

Your road trip might end here in Elkins, but a new week will be upon us before you know it. Don’t miss next week’s update by signing up to receive our Weekly Foliage Reports.

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This post was last updated on October 6, 2021