Get a Glimpse of Almost Heaven’s Unforgettable Fall Views
Train rides, hikes leading to breathtaking landscapes and spectacular scenic drives. The best place to take in the hills ablaze with color is without a doubt in Almost Heaven.
The New River Gateway has incredible activities around every corner. From ziplining over colorful canopies and riding horseback on trails at Pipestem Resort State Park to kayaking on Bluestone National Scenic River or hiking the Canyon Rim Trail to Heritage Point. Whatever your vantage point might be, you’re bound to be astounded by the views surrounding you.
Speaking of hiking, some of the most outstanding hiking trails that will take you to beautiful fall views exist in Mercer County. Pinnacle Rock State Park, named after its unusual sandstone rock formation in the forefront of the state park offers 10 miles of trails. Known for its lovely waterfalls, Camp Creek State Park and Forest has 35 miles of trails to explore. There’s no better time to take a hike in the Mountain State than in the fall.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers over 18-miles of hiking trails. Most trails are less than 2 miles but are interconnected for extra length and difficulty. Atop Bald Knob is a park favorite and a great place to enjoy a fiery fall sunset. You can get there by taking a hike or riding the scenic chairlift. Visit nearby Blackwater Falls State Park while there to see even more fall views. Visit Tucker County CVB for more trail inspiration and to find out about other area attractions.
If you want to see dazzling fall foliage without the hassle of hiking, there’s plenty in store for you. The quaint mountain town of Berkeley Springs is home to stunning state parks, an incredible art scene and much more. Trek up to the observation deck on Cacapon Mountain at Cacapon State Park for a unique opportunity to see views of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania at the same time.
Prospect Peak overlook, which marks the end of Cacapon Mountain and has a panoramic lookout. The astounding scenery rated by National Geographic as one of the best five best in the East can be accessed by car as there is a pull-off spot to park.
Plan a trip to the Greenbrier Valley for stunning fall views around every corner. Uncover treasures, relax in nature’s beauty and unwind on a weekend getaway.
Situated within Blackwater Falls State Park, Lindy Point is a short 0.5-mile walk that will take you to the rim of Blackwater Canyon. The views are out of this world and not hard to get to.
Uniquely West Virginia Activities
One of the most special ways to take in fall in Almost Heaven is with a train ride among the mountains. The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad will take you on an expedition through remote wilderness areas featuring miles and miles of colorful foliage. Many areas can’t even be accessed by cars.
Another adventure that will take you off the beaten path to see amazing fall leaves is ATV riding on the Hatfield-McCoy trails. Hundreds of miles of off-road adventure await you in southern West Virginia. You won’t want to miss out on this fun-filled experience.
How will you take in fall colors in the Mountain State?
This post was last updated on September 15, 2020