Fall foliage still colorful in parts of West Virginia
CHARLESTON — Most regions have peaked or are at peak as the West Virginia Tourism Office releases its autumn forecast to help travelers enjoy fall color.
The forecast, prepared with assistance from the West Virginia Division of Forestry, is the fifth in a series of fall foliage updates from the Tourism Office. Reports include the percentage of color change across the state and suggested travel routes through peak areas.
“Fall color is peaking in our state’s lower elevations this weekend, so it’s a great time to get outside and explore the rich history and heritage found in our southern mountains and Eastern Panhandle,” said West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby.
Travelers are encouraged to share their favorite fall photos using #AlmostHeaven to help populate the Tourism Office’s live leaf map—available at WVtourism.com/fall.
“Our map is quickly filling up, so we’re making one last call for those on the road this weekend to stop at your favorite spot, snap a picture of those fiery fall colors, and share it with us on social media using #AlmostHeaven,” said Ruby. “This map has allowed us to bring fall to folks longing to travel to West Virginia and has helped residents plan their leaf-peeping adventures.”
Travelers visiting West Virginia to see fall color are encouraged to check the status of individual businesses before taking a trip. A statewide indoor face covering requirement is in effect and visitors are encouraged to maintain a safe social distance when traveling the state.
To access the foliage forecast and fall travel inspiration, visit WVtourism.com/fall.
Fall Foliage Update
While most of West Virginia is nearing peak, there is still some color remaining in lower elevations of the state. The Eastern Panhandle and parts of southern West Virginia offer several options to catch the last bits of color this season.
Featured Country Roads: W.Va. 10 and the Washington Heritage Trail
This week, the areas to find the most stunning fall foliage are in the Hatfield-McCoy Mountains along W.Va. 10 and in the Eastern Panhandle on the Washington Heritage Trail.
In southern West Virginia, start your trip in the town of Logan. With Chief Logan State Park and the history of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, this is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs to have an adventure. Dine at the famous Morrison’s Drive Inn or the delicious Chirico’s Ristorante. Then take a scenic drive on W.Va. 10 from Logan to Man for excellent fall color.
In the Eastern Panhandle, the Washington Heritage Trail loops through three counties, combining the idyllic scenery of farmland and rolling hills with historic attractions dating back to the 18th century. Begin in Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and be sure to go leaf peeping at Jefferson Rock. Then head to charming Shepherdstown and grab a bite at the Blue Moon Café or Bistro 112. The Bavarian Inn and Thomas Shepherd Inn are two cozy accommodations in the area to rest your head at night.
About West Virginia Tourism Office
The West Virginia Tourism Office promotes West Virginia as a leading four-season travel destination and top state to live, work and retire.
Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is one of the most scenic states in the United States and home to the beautiful Monongahela National Forest, six national parks, and 45 state parks and forests. In addition to its majestic mountains and rolling hills, West Virginia is full of rich historic sites, enchanting art galleries, charming towns and an immense sense of belonging found only in its heaven-like landscapes.
For more information about West Virginia and to plan your trip, visit WVtourism.com.