One of my favorite times of year! Fall is the perfect time to soak up the beauty of our region by taking in the changing season. Enjoy West Virginia’s fall colors in all their splendor with our guide. Is there a road trip in your future?
West Virginia’s Fall Colors: Peak Weeks
One of the things we love best about our state is the natural beauty that surrounds us season after season. My personal favorite is the fall, when the leaves turn the most amazing colors. We always make it a point to take a road trip and see what nature offers us. The peak times are different for different parts of the state, based largely on elevation – the Appalachian upper elevations see the changes first.
For those of us in the Eastern Panhandle, late October is when we will see the fall colors at their peak. Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan and Hampshire counties enjoy a later change, so there’s still plenty of time to take a road trip and enjoy the gorgeous views.
What to Look For:
Trees that are native to West Virginia include several varieties of birch, oak and hickory, as well as American Chestnut, Black Walnut and American Beech. To get a full listing of the trees of West Virginia, the West Virginia Division of Forestry has an identification guide of trees commonly found in our region in a downloadable .pdf guide. It is complete with pictures and detailed descriptions.
Make a Full Day of It!
Make it an adventure! Pack a picnic, bring your camera, and stop along the way for some West Virginia sites. Cacapon Resort State Park is a great stop with plenty of hiking trails and photo opportunities. Cacapon offers hiking guides to take you where you want to go without the worry getting lost. There are hiking trails for all skill levels. Or, stop by a pumpkin patch for additional fall fun. Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Inwood is open, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous they offer a Night Maze, a family-friendly evening event that include a hay ride. Don’t forget your flashlight!
If you are interested in a more adult adventure, try a few of West Virginia’s wineries. The grape’s leaves turn amazing colors this time of year! Within a two hour drive are several great vineyards with tasting rooms, including Potomac Hill Winery in Keyser, West Whitehill Winery in Moorefield, and for something a little closer to home, hop over to Shepherdstown and stop by Grapes and Grains Gourmet after your leaf hunting adventures.
We’re inching closer to Halloween and the holiday season. Don’t miss the chance to see the beauty of West Virginia’s fall colors and have a few fun adventures before it gets cold!