Enjoy Leaf Peeping Throughout Fall in Almost Heaven

One of the more unique features of West Virginia is its wide range of elevation. Depending on your destination, you could be either a few hundred feet or a few thousand feet above sea level. This provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy fall leaf peeping for nearly an entire month throughout the Mountain State. Outdoor recreation, family festivities and unique stays are all filled with fall foliage. Plan your fall getaway around peak conditions for an Almost Heaven experience like no other.

Late September/Early October

Autumn air first finds its way to the higher elevations of West Virginia, bringing fall color to much of the Potomac Highlands in late September. Iconic destinations like Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Seneca Rocks, Dolly Sods Wilderness, Spruce Knob and Snowshoe Mountain are all perfect for viewing vibrant hues as they spread through the trees of the West Virginia mountains.

Fall finds its way soon after to Mountaineer Country and to parts of the Greenbrier Valley. Coopers Rock State Forest, the West Virginia Botanic Garden, Stonewall Resort State Park, historic Lewisburg and Greenbrier State Forest are perfect for leaf peeping in early October.


By the middle of October, the Northern Panhandle transforms into a fall oasis. Tomlinson Run State Park is a great choice for leaf peeping, and the park even features unique yurts and other camping accommodations for the family. Just south in Wheeling, Oglebay Resort is a fantastic option for more leaf peeping and relaxing.

Fall foliage in Fayette County reaches its peak between mid and late October. Babcock State Park is one of the most photographed state parks in West Virginia – especially in the fall. Be sure to also explore the town of Fayetteville, which was recognized by Reader’s Digest as one of the best places to spot fall foliage in America.

Late October

Southern West Virginia and the Eastern Panhandle make up the final act – putting on a dazzling display of vibrancy and jaw-dropping views throughout late October. Bridge Day is the perfect way to kick off leaf peeping at the New River Gorge, which was dubbed by AFAR as one of the best places in the United States to see fall foliage. Visitors can make the short drive from there to Hawks Nest State Park or Babcock State Park for a view of the picturesque Glade Creek Grist Mill – a staple of fall. Other great locations include Pipestem Resort State Park, Bluestone State Park and Kanawha State Forest. The Eastern Panhandle is great for late October leaf peeping, too. Harpers Ferry, Berkeley Springs State Park and Cacapon Resort State Park are all perfect choices for enjoying the closing scenes of fall.

Make the most out of your fall and enjoy the splendor of leaf peeping in West Virginia. Where is your favorite fall scene in the Mountain State?

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This post was last updated on September 29, 2023