Our 2022 Almost Heaven Fall Bucket List

Celebrate fall in Almost Heaven and let our 2022 bucket list be your guide. From exciting outdoor adventures and tasty seasonal meals to the most unique and relaxing places to stay, this list will help you have an autumn in West Virginia like never before. Take in the natural splendor of fall in the Mountain State as you make memories and check off your list along the way.

Autumn Adventures

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

Venture through stunning fall vista views with a trip on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of bald eagles, pass by historical farms and experience the iconic “Trough” area all in one ride. Have your pick between a full or half-day trip or even being served a premium homemade meal.

ACE Adventure Resort

Find outdoor adventures of all kinds at ACE Adventure Resort, nestled within the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Soar through the treetops on the thrilling zip line, discover new heights with a rock climbing lesson or take on challenging terrain with a mountain biking tour, just to name a few.

Thurmond Ghost Town

What once was a prospering coal town overflowing with hustle and bustle, complete with one of the greatest railroads found along the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway is now known as a ghost town full of abandoned buildings and eerie remains of a life that once was. Visit the Thurmond Depot this autumn for a spooky adventure and self-guided tour in Southern West Virginia.

Autumn Colors Express

Experience an up close and personal take on spectacular fall foliage this season with a ride on the Autumn Colors Express. This age-old tradition takes passengers on a round-trip through the New River Gorge and ends at the Hinton Railroad Days Festival. Along with the exceptional views, passengers can enjoy food and drinks.

Hatfield-McCoy Trails

What better way to experience majestic autumn beauty than buckling up and hitting nature’s amusement park? You won’t want to miss hitting the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System this fall. Take the Pocahontas Trail in Mercer County to explore the town of Bramwell, historically known for its numerous millionaire homes from the early 20th century.

Beech Fork Lake Wildlife Management Area

Nothing says fall in West Virginia like time spent hunting and fishing. If you’re an avid lover of either, don’t miss scouting out the Beech Fork Lake Wildlife Management Area. Some of the game living here includes deer, fox, grouse, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, turkey and various waterfowl. Trout, bluegill, crappie, tiger musky and bass are among the fish found within Beech Fork Lake and Millers Pond. Remember to snag all necessary licenses from WV DNR.

Fall Flavors

Lambert’s Winery

Lewis County, WV

Take in the fresh fall air with hand-crafted sips from a full range of wines at Lambert’s Winery in Stonewall Country. Visit anytime for gorgeous views, tastings and a tour. For extra fun, visit on Sundays during the month of October for family-friendly specials like pumpkin picking, wood-fired pizza, face painting, music and more!

C.J. Maggie’s

Stop by C.J. Maggie’s in Buckhannon for a delicious plate of home-made comfort food. Since first opening in 1992, this spot has been a town staple. From soups and sandwiches to pasta and pizza, you’re guaranteed to leave happy from a full belly and the welcoming atmosphere. The Mon Forest Towns of West Virginia are always an adventure for every visitor.

Hellbender Burritos

Add a stop by the town of Davis in Tucker County to your list, for a meal you’re sure to never forget. Hellbender Burritos serves up unique and West Virginia inspired, meal-sized burritos filled with homemade ingredients. Whether you’re a meat-eater or vegetarian, here you can customize for the perfect bite.

Restful Retreats

The Schoolhouse Hotel

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at The Schoolhouse Hotel, White Sulphur Springs’ first full-service boutique hotel and the world’s first fully accessible hotel. The design of the hotel pays homage to its storied past with 30 uniquely designed guest rooms nestled within the mountains of Greenbrier County. It also features an upscale restaurant and grill as well as a rooftop bar.

Ashland Resort

Cozy up with a stay in a cottage, cabin or personal lodge at Ashland Resort in McDowell County. For a more rustic stay, campsites and hook-ups are available for guests who want to bring their own tents or campers. This is an ideal spot to soak up fall with the family and it also gives direct access to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails.

WV State Parks

Escape to the state’s great outdoors this autumn with an overnight stay at one of West Virginia’s State Parks, where there are options for guests of all kinds. Choose between a newly renovated park lodge, authentic log cabin or an off-the-grid Tentrr campsite. Tentrr sites are perfect for the chilly nights of fall as they are complete with a propane tent heater.

Continue on with the multitude of autumn adventures found all around the state with the help of our new, special edition vacation guides!

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This post was last updated on September 27, 2022