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It’s not fall without leaf-peeping! We’ve picked out the top almost-heavenly-destinations in north-central West Virginia to help you plan the perfect fall road trip. Drive through hills of gold and red hues for must-see destinations. And remember—leaf-peeping in Mountaineer Country peaks around mid-October, so plan your trip today.

Coopers Rock State Forest

Located in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., Coopers Rock State Forest will envelop you in autumnal surroundings as you drive the tree-lined road that winds its way up the mountain. At the top, make a beeline for the Overlook to find 360-degree views of fall foliage at 2,100 feet above the Cheat River Gorge.

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Dorsey’s Knob Park and Lodge

Take in all the fall colors from the top of one of the highest peaks in Mountaineer Country. Dorsey’s Knob Park is located just outside of Morgantown, W.Va., with convenient access to I-68, making it easy to add this stop to your road trip itinerary. Make a weekend adventure out of your visit with an overnight at the lodge.

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WVU Core Arboretum

Located steps away from the Coliseum in Morgantown, the WVU Core Arboretum features winding paths, dense forest, and community events. Check their calendar for upcoming concerts or sign up for an expert-led nature tour to enjoy on the weekend.

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W.Va. Botanic Garden

Visit West Virginia’s flagship public garden and explore 85-acres of flowering meadows and wetlands. The Garden features forested paths surrounded by natural streams and wildlife. Walking paths are accessible to all and open to guests year-round.

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Cranesville Swamp

Bundle up when you visit this natural frost pocket located in Preston County. The 1,500-foot boardwalk will have you walking just above pristine wetlands protected by the Nature Conservancy. Fall colors can be found alongside wildlife like saw-whet owls and flying squirrels.

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Tygart Lake State Park

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See the leaves reflected on the water as you walk the trails at Tygart Lake State Park, located in Grafton, W.Va. Explore the surrounding forest or settle in for a light lunch at one of the many picnic tables that surround the 1,750 acres of lake.

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Cathedral State Park

Explore an ancient forest untouched by time when you visit Cathedral State Park in Preston County, W.Va. Towering hemlock trees wider than your wingspan will transport you into a fairy-tale setting. If you can’t let go of the greenery as we head into fall, this is your perfect hideaway.

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