Scenic Drives, Rides & Hikes
Colorful foliage is the main event in the fall, with West Virginia’s eastern mountains typically reaching peak color in late September, and lower elevations in late October. Scenic train excursions are one of the most exciting ways to watch the hillsides come alive with dazzling orange, red, and yellow hues. Book a trip with the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad to get whisked away into remote regions of the Potomac Highlands that remain untouched by civilization, and offer views that seem other-worldly.
After a day out on the rails, hop in a car and hit our winding, country roads for tree lined routes and gorgeous mountain vistas. Head south from Elkins to the iconic Highland Scenic Highway, where 43 miles of road includes 4 overlooks and a colorful show of foliage in late September. Head northeast from Elkins to hit Route 32, taking you into Canaan Valley, where twisty roads lead you into wide park and forest lands with wildlife, waterfalls, and small towns to enjoy.
The neighboring towns of Thomas and Davis in Tucker County have a delightful selection of eateries, shops, and breweries to explore in between outdoor adventures in the area. Hellbender Burritos, Sirianni’s Pizza, and TipTop Coffee shop are favorites for fueling up. A fall hike through the Dolly Sods Wilderness, a high-altitude plateau with an ecosystem similar to northern Canada, will bring you through fields of bright reds and oranges to large boulders perfect for taking in the surrounding scenery.
Visit in September to catch the Autumn Harvest Festival in Marlinton or the Leaf Peeper’s Festival in Davis! October brings the Mountain State Forest Festival to Elkins and the Droop Mountain Battlefield Re-enactment.