Plan Your Almost Heaven Fall To-Do List

Believe it or not, fall is right around the corner. The mountains of West Virginia will soon be changing color, the brisk air will make its way through the hills and unique Mountain State experiences will arrive. Get a head start on planning your fall to-do list to ensure you make the most out of your Almost Heaven adventure.

If you’re looking for…

Whitewater Rafting

Fall brings with it some of the best whitewater rapids in the world. Every September beginning the weekend after Labor Day, the Summersville Dam executes a series of scheduled releases into the Gauley River – transforming it into a Class V river overnight. Rafters from around the globe flock to the Gauley River, and the World Whitewater Rafting Championship was hosted there in 2018. If you’re looking for a more relaxed river experience, the Upper New River features rapids suitable for the whole family. Explore some of West Virginia’s incredible and accommodating outfitters to begin planning your trip.

Fall Foliage

Fall color in West Virginia is special. From September through much of November, the hills come alive with vibrant, jaw-dropping hues. Elevation varies greatly throughout the state so it requires planning to find peak fall foliage depending on where you’re visiting. Thankfully, this guide can help you pinpoint the best weekend to plan that Almost Heaven adventure.

Fairs & Festivals

Fall is abundant with amazing festivals throughout West Virginia. One of the most iconic and beloved festivals is Bridge Day, but there are so many other festivals that are perfect for the entire family. You won’t want to miss the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Leaf Peepers Festival, West Virginia Pumpkin Festival and the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival – among many other exciting events.

Outdoor Adventure

You’re in luck. Almost Heaven is nature’s playground. From the New River/Greenbrier Valley to the Potomac Highlands and from the Northern Panhandle to the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains – and everywhere in between – West Virginia will take you from mild to wild and give you the adventure you’ve been looking for. Ride through the mountains on off-road vehicles for a different perspective of the state’s magnificent fall foliage. Take in breathtaking views from one of West Virginia’s iconic hiking or biking trails. Create your own adventure right here in the Mountain State.

What adventure are you in search of this fall?

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022