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Have Fun This Fall

Written by: Jillian Catalano | WVUGo Media - Copywriter/Editor

Fall Trees in Valley

Wonder why we call this place Almost Heaven? Explore the state in the fall.

West Virginia is known for its rolling hills, scenic views and crisp mountain air. Those who visit the Mountain State often say they have never seen anything like it, especially in the fall. While the trees may be changing color and bracing for the crisp winter ahead, the mountains truly seem to come to life. Now more than ever, we get to experience what Almost Heaven has to offer. There are so many ways to take in the sites and sounds of autumn, and so many places to explore the great outdoors. 

Scenic highwayExplore Foliage this Fall: 

There’s truly nothing like fall time in the Mountain State. With scenic overlooks, state and national parks and hiking trails galore, there’s so many great places to take in the fall foliage. Changing leaves bring Almost Heaven to life, giving way to stunning views and vibrant hues. Check out West Virginia Tourism’s live leaf map to see the state's best spots all season long. Whether you choose to let the leaves crunch below your feet and take in the crisp autumn air or take a scenic drive on our country roads, you’ll experience breathtaking views unique to our region. 

Get Wild and Wonderful

With a state motto like “Wild and Wonderful” it is no surprise that hunting is a staple in Appalachian culture. Before you take to the woods, ensure you are aware of licensing, registration and seasonal requirements from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Once equipped with the proper resources, explore some of the best places to hunt during the fall season. The Mountain Meadow Hunting Preserve is located in Greenville and offers various sized game to hunt. The Wilderness Ridge Farm is located in Southside and provides hunters with nearly 100 acres of private hunting terrain. Visitors can opt to lodge in the onsite log cabin to turn their day trip into a weekend getaway. 

Rushing RapidsEnjoy the Rushing Rapids

Whitewater rafting is an unforgettable experience year-round, but there’s nothing like experiencing the rushing rapids in the crisp autumn air. Whether you’re looking for a mild course or wild waves, West Virginia’s rivers have you covered. Join seasoned rafting enthusiasts on a journey to the Gauley River for West Virginia’s official fifth season “Gauley Season”. Rafters from near and far flock to the river to experience a wild whitewater adventure along Class V rapids. If you’re just starting out and are seeking calmer waters, consider visiting the New River which has been a whitewater attraction for over half a century. Located within the New River Gorge National Park, the New River offers visitors with calmer waters at the surface and more adventurous courses down below. Make the most out of your Almost Heaven experience by exploring the countless lodging options nearby.

Cozy Up in a Cabin

As the leaves change and the air becomes cool and crisp, there’s no better place to enjoy this season than cozied up in a cabin. Enjoy the peace and serenity of an Almost Heaven autumn near the fire in a secluded mountain bungalow or a backcountry cabin. Log cabins are scattered throughout the Mountain State and are a great way to spend time with friends and family. West Virginia Tourism shares the perfect places to stay for a peaceful fall getaway. 

Lake Shawnee Amusement ParkFrightening Fall Attractions 

It wouldn’t be fall without a haunted attraction and luckily West Virginia provides visitors with many places chock full of thrills and chills. If you’re looking for a fright this fall, head to the spooky sights located throughout the Mountain State. Follow the ghosthunters to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV to experience paranormal activity like no other. If you’re looking for an overnight scare, visit The Wells Inn, a haunted hotel known to have ghostly inhabitants. Visit the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park which has been abandoned for decades. A stroll through the forsaken amusement rides will be sure to send a chill down your spine. There are many other haunted attractions scattered throughout the state just waiting to spook their visitors.

Whether you’re a leaf peeper, adventure seeker or thrill hunter, there are so many places to explore this fall. The beauty of West Virginia transcends when the air cools and the leaves change. Cozy up in a cabin, seek the thrills and chills, find fall foliage or explore the rushing rapids. There’s no wrong way to enjoy the fall in Almost Heaven.

About the Author

Jillian Catalano is a part of the Writing/Editing Team for WVUGo. She is a junior Communication Studies major with minors in political science and public relations. Jillian is from Lumberton, NJ, a small town named after the abundance of pine trees that were in the area many years ago. Jillian is a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a national service sorority and currently serves as the chapter’s Promotions Chair.