Catch the West Virginia fall foliage this year by visiting one of the state’s many scenic waterfalls.
With so many located within West Virginia state parks, there’s no shortage of breathtaking sites. Don’t worry if you’re not an experienced hiker — many of the falls are easily accessible. Some even have multiple vantage points.
Glade Creek Falls
Babcock State Park is best known for its iconic grist mill, but Glade Creek Falls is another highlight of this popular park. At a height of 15 feet, this waterfall features a dramatic backdrop of the mill and a natural frame of surrounding foliage. According to West Virginia State Parks, this spot is one of the most photographed places in West Virginia.
Upper and Lower Falls at Holly River
Located in a narrow valley in the Mountain Lakes region, Holly River State Park is home to one of West Virginia’s most scenic waterfall systems. The Upper and Lower falls at Holly River are nestled in a cove full of rhododendrons, evergreens and moss-covered rock, and lush with greenery even in wintertime. According to West Virginia State Parks, both waterfalls are easily accessible by trail and provide several vantage points.
You probably already know about the iconic namesake waterfall of Blackwater Falls State Park, but any trip to the park should include a trek out to see the series of falls on Shays Run, more commonly called Elakala Falls.
It’s a great trek for less experienced hikers on an easy trail.
And of course, there’s no forgetting the 57-foot cascade of Blackwater Falls, tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County. This waterfall is tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.
The falls, the main attraction of Blackwater Falls State Park, are accessible from steps and several viewing platforms that allow visitors to enjoy scenic views year-round.
Blackwater Falls, in the Canaan Valley region of West Virginia, is the site of many unique fall events this season.
Bear Paw Lodge at Canaan Valley offers a unique culinary experience on Sept. 12. Guests will start their evening with a scenic chairlift and an opportunity to meet vendors and drink local craft brews. Then, a five-course dinner is served with menu items like West Virginia coffee-crusted roast pork tenderloin, smoked bourbon beef short ribs and more.
The event will also feature live music.
On Sept. 20 to 22, a weekend of railroading and song begins at Blackwater Falls State Park. The weekend includes American Folklore & Railroad Songs with Mick Souter, a charter road trip to the scenic Western Maryland Railroad and bluegrass music with Daniel Lilly and the Lilly Mountaineers Band.
What better way to see fall foliage than with a leaf-peeping walk through Blackwater Falls State Park? Different themed walks, including a North Woods Hike and Teas and Tonics Walk will be held from Oct. 11 to 13 at the park. Some of the walks are even pet-friendly if you’d like to bring your four-legged friend along!
Find information or to register for any of these events at wvstateparks.com.