Can you feel the morning chill in the air? Summer is winding down, and nature will soon show off its autumn colors in a flash that will be here before you know it and gone just as fast. There’s nothing like the beauty of a West Virginia state park in the fall.
Here are a few parks where you can enjoy a day trip or extended fall getaway that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired:
- Blackwater Falls State Park
With cascading waterfalls and stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains, Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most photographed places in West Virginia. Add a background of beautiful autumn hues, and it might just take your breath away.
Due to its high elevation, this park is one of the first places to see fall color, beginning the last week of September and continuing into the first week of October. This makes it one of the Mountain State’s top leaf-peeping destinations.
Witness the roaring waters of the towering Blackwater Falls framed in blazing fall color. More than 20 miles of trails lead to more waterfalls and scenic overlooks.
Additional park activities include boating and fishing. Overnight accommodations are available in the main lodge or in the park’s 39 cabins. The lodge’s Smokehouse Restaurant has a full-service menu and stunning views of the Blackwater Canyon.
- Cacapon Resort State Park
Cacapon Resort State Park, which sits in the shadow of Cacapon Mountain, has some of the best leaf-peeping opportunities in the Eastern Panhandle. This quaint, historic area is a great place for an intimate fall getaway.
Leaves change later in the season at Cacapon, so early to mid-October is the best time to visit. Spend the night at Cacapon Lodge or in one of the park’s cozy cabins. Resort amenities include the park’s championship golf course, boating, fishing, and 23 miles of hiking trails. The lodge’s restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you’d like to venture out into nearby towns, visit Berkeley Springs for shopping, live music, or a relaxing day at the historical spa at Berkeley Springs State Park.
- Lost River State Park
Get lost in nature and marvel at autumn’s beautiful display from Lost River State Park’s Cranny Crow Overlook, which offers a commanding view of five counties. This secluded location in Hardy County is the perfect place to enjoy the sights of fall.
Early and mid-October is the ideal time to visit Lost River, which has 26 cabins for overnight accommodations and 13 miles of hiking trails. You also can experience autumn’s splendor via a guided horseback ride through the park or on a scenic drive through the surrounding rural countryside.
Check out these must-see fall foliage spots, or see more fall color at other West Virginia parks, including Babcock, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, or Coopers Rock State Forest.
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