West Virginia - overhead of fall leaves

The Mountain State offers some of the best autumn leaf-peeping in the country.


Fall in West Virginia is Almost Heaven. It’s the time when our mountainous landscapes shine, covered in the warmest hues of yellow, orange, and red.

A natural splendor on display for all to see, autumn here is a season like no other.

But it doesn’t stop there. Along with jaw-dropping views come unforgettable adventures.

The one-of-a-kind outdoor recreation found in West Virginia continues to provide unique experiences all year round.

Scenic Train Rides

Immerse yourself in stunning vista views as you travel along one of West Virginia’s senic railroads. Explore some of the most exceptional parts of the state all from the comfort of your seat. 

West Virginia - autumn train

All aboard Virginia’s scenic railroads for an excursion you’ll never forget. 

Catch sights of bald eagles, historical farms and the famously known “Trough,” when aboard the Potomac Eagle Scenic RailroadTravel back in time to the era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life with a ride on Cass Scenic Railroad, which travels up a mountain, revealing a kaleidoscope of fall colors.

The New Tygart Flyer departs from Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and features mountain grades, an S-curve tunnel, and a high bridge crossing. The Autumn Colors Express is an age-old tradition that takes passengers from Huntington and Charleston through the heart of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve to historic Hinton and back. 

Off-Road Exploration 

Feel the wind blow and your heart race as you venture through the mountains of West Virginia. What better way to experience its majestic autumn beauty than buckling up and hitting nature’s amusement park? One of the East Coast’s most extensive off-roading trail systems, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is composed of more than 1,000 miles of trails.

West Virginia - offroad trails

West Virginia’s back country offers miles of unforgettable off-roading trails.

Explore endless back-country, and seek the thrill of a lifetime on gorgeous terrain. Have your choice of renting an ATV, UTV, or dirtbike from a variety of outfitters in the area. Once you decide, fill up the tank, strap on your helmet, and get ready to ride. An indescribable autumn expedition through Almost Heaven awaits you.

While you’re here, be sure to hit the two brand-new trail systems! The Cabwaylingo Trail is the first in the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System to be located within a state forest and sits on more than 8,000 acres of land. The Ivy Branch Trail is over 50 miles long and provides views of the Little Coal River. This system can be traveled with full-sized, off-road vehicles like Jeeps and land cruisers. 

Fall Fishing

From ponds and creeks to rushing rivers and streams, West Virginia is an angler's dream. But specifically in the fall, West Virginia is a premier destination for fly fishing.

West Virginia - fly fishing in autumn stream

Especially in the fall, West Virginia is a premiere fly-fishing destination.

Here you’ll find a wide array of trout species, including rainbow, golden and brook. Feel the thrill of reeling in your prize accompanied by the magnificent fall views all around. 

For trophy trout, visit Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins, where stocking happens all throughout the fall season. Guides can be booked in advance for those desiring expert lessons. 

Milligan Creek near Lewisburg is home to a one-mile section exclusively for fly fishing and is the state’s only home to the native brook trout. Nestled within the Cranberry Wilderness, you’ll find the Cranberry River—one of the most popular spots in the state for fly fishing. Named one of America’s 100 best trout streams, this is a must on your fall list.


Perched on the edge of Monongahela National Forest, the tiny mountain town of Davis is perfectly suited for magnificent fall views.

Home to Blackwater Falls State Park, this spot features some of the state’s most famous natural wonders. The park was named for the amber waters of Blackwater Falls, a 57-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needle and one of the most photographed spots in the entire state.

Get an up-close-and-personal look at West Virginia’s spectacular autumn beauty by taking part in some of the park’s 20 miles of hiking trails and overlooks. 

Just a few miles up the road can be found Davis’ twin town—Thomas. The gorgeous fall views continue to be on display here as well as access to the Blackwater Canyon Trail. Get a break from your car for a walk along this stunning trail where the fall landscape comes alive.

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