Outdoor recreation, family festivities, and unique stays

West Virginia is home to natural beauty filled by mountains, rivers, gorges, cliffs, and lakes all year round. Fall is a special season here in which visitors and locals alike fill their days with a wide range of outdoor recreation, family festivities, and unique stays.

Fall Outdoor Recreation

Fall in love with Almost Heaven and immerse yourself in lush forests that come alive with colors of red, orange, and yellow, creating a beautiful view of mountains and valleys. There’s no better time to hike, bike, or ATV/off-road on a trail surrounded by fall foliage and discover the autumn beauty of the Mountain State. West Virginia is home to world-class outdoor recreation for all levels of adventurers. Don’t miss out on West Virginia’s whitewater rafting tradition that includes all five classes starting in September. “Gauley Season” attracts visitors from all over the world as its rapids in the fall months are considered, “The Beast of the East.” If you’re floating or rushing the rapids along the mountainside, join in the famous excursion. Though, rafting is not the only way to enjoy the 32,000 kilometers of streams and 100 lakes in West Virginia. Whether you’re fishing or enjoying the water from a view only rock climbing can provide, West Virginia is sure to provide an epic outdoor experience this fall.

Fall Festivities

Keep the fall fun going with events for the whole family. There’s no better way to fuel the festivities than a pumpkin patch, hayride, and a corn maze, which can be found throughout the state in the fall.  Be sure to mark your calendars for the several festivals that contribute to the WV fall ambiance including the West Virginia Sunflower fest, WV Pumpkin Festival, and the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival. Take your goodies and soak in the fall colors of the state’s scenic hillside on a fall foliage train ride. Following a day in the golden autumn sun, the dark skies are a sight to be seen. Home to one of the largest and darkest sky sheds on the East Coast, West Virginia makes for the perfect place to unwind and take in the star-studded skies.

Unique Fall Stays

At the end of a busy day, hunker down in one of West Virginia’s many stay experiences. Choose from a cozy cabin rental that can range from a traditional log cabin experience or a luxurious mountain escape. Take it a notch farther to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Mountain State with a deluxe treehouse or restored fire tower. If you prefer to cozy up in the comfort of southern hospitality, a lakeside cottage, historic farmhouse, or bed and breakfast is calling your name. Here, a promise of local and delicious meals is always kept.

For even more fall ideas, visit wvtourism.com. For seasonal updates, sign up for a newsletter, request a free vacation guide, and stay up to date on the latest and greatest of the fall foliage.

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