Fall is a magical time in the Mountain State. As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, gather the whole family to make unforgettable seasonal memories.

Pumpkin Patches

Getting to pick a pumpkin straight off the vine is something both kids and adults of all ages will appreciate. West Virginia farms pull out all thestops when fall comes around.

Once September rolls around, Gritt’s Farm in the southern part of the state turns their plot of land into a full-blown playground. Complete with a slide mountain, hay maze, pumpkin bowling and much more, this farm is an Autumn haven.

A short hayride will transport you to the pumpkin patch at Orr’s farm and is sure to make your little one’s day. Once at the patch location, you’ll have access to a smaller corn maze and a barnyard animal area.

Visit the pumpkin patch nearest to you for all things fall.

Train Rides

As fall approaches, the West Virginia hillsides come alive with color, making it a perfect time to hop on a train and experience the natural beauty of the state.

The New River Train Excursion explores some of the best fall foliage in southern West Virginia. Starting at the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline in Huntington, you’ll travel past West Virginia landmarks like the State Capitol building, Kanawha Falls, the Hawks Nest dam and bridge, the New River Gorge Bridge, and Sandstone Falls.

Travel along the Cass Scenic Railroad to the third highest point in West Virginia: Bald Knob. This journey starts at the Cass Depot at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Operated by Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, the Cass Scenic Bald Knob trip is sure to leave you speechless.

Departing from Romney, WV, the Potomac Eagle fall foliage trips whisk you away on a 3-hour trip through picturesque countryside. The ride will take you through “The Trough,” a steep-sided valley only accessible by train or boat. Don’t be surprised to see a bald eagle soaring above the train in this stretch of your journey.

Taking a train ride through the Mountain State will give you access to some of the most remote, exclusive and beautiful parts of Appalachia.

Corn Mazes

One activity you can’t miss out on this fall is twisting and turning your way through acres and acres of tall corn stalks.

At Cooper Family Farms you’re free to walk through or zipline over the expansive maze. During the day, answer trivia questions to guide your way through the sprawling corn maze. Closer to Halloween, the maze turns into a heart-pounding haunt after the sun goes down.

Byrnside Branch Farm has mazes to suit every age. Their largest corn maze has more than 2 ½ miles of trails sprawling 18 acres. For the kiddies, there is a smaller, less challenging 2-acre maze as well as a hay maze for the kiddies.

Time yourself to see how quickly you can accomplish the feat, or meander in the corn field on a cool day.

Fall Festivals

A kaleidoscope of color in the mountains provides a picturesque backdrop for festivals this fall. Gather with friends and family to experience these seasonal West Virginia celebrations.

The West Virginia Pumpkin Festival in Milton has quickly become one of the state’s largest festivals. A big parade down Milton’s Main Street kicks off this 4-day pumpkin extravaganza. Find rows upon rows of arts and craft vendors, delicious food, apple butter making, spinning, live music, weaving and pottery making, friendly farm animals to pet, and of course piles and piles of pumpkins.

FestivALL Fall, a 3-day weekend festival held in October in Charleston features multi-arts at multi-venues. It’s an event geared towards all ages. “Party in the Patch,” a part of this year’s FestivALL Fall will have activities like spooky science experiments and paint-your-own pumpkin stations. There’s also a free leaf walk on the Carriage Trail that will have you marveling at colorful foliage. That’s not all that will be taking place, there will also be live music, interactive art and other artful adventures.

The Black Walnut Festival in Spencer has something for every member of your family. From carnival rides and games, a kids parade, baking contest, car show and more. It’s no wonder this festival has been a staple in the state since 1954

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