When can I expect fall foliage?
Higher elevations across West Virginia, which include those above 3,500 feet in elevation, are currently nearing peak. Tucker County, Randolph County, Pendleton County and areas along the Greenbrier River should offer great viewing opportunities this weekend. These higher elevations feature softer hardwoods, which tend to change first and show excellent yellow, gold and red colors.
In addition, Marion County, Monongalia County, and lower elevations throughout the Ohio Valley are showing early signs of red and yellow color. Additional areas across West Virginia are just starting to get hints of fall color, with more expected in the coming weeks.
Check out the #AlmostHeaven fall color map below for daily fall foliage updates across the state.
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Plan my fall trip:
Tucker County offers the ultimate early fall road trip. The leaves are some of the brightest in the East, and they start to change as soon as this weekend. The area is home to charming twin mountain towns of Davis and Thomas and surrounded by the vast wildernesses of Canaan Valley State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park and the Monongahela National Forest, which includes the iconic Dolly Sods Wilderness.
Davis and Thomas are less than three miles apart and offer plenty to warrant an overnight stay. Shops, art galleries, restaurants, music venues and breweries will certainly keep visitors occupied between outdoor adventures. Cooper House Bed and Cocktail, The Billy Motel, and Mountain Primrose B&B all have their own distinct flair with comfort to match in Thomas, while Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Park feature plenty of comfortable rooms and sprawling grounds with a variety of amenities.
Drive down just about any country road in any direction for #AlmostHeaven views:
- For the truly amazing panoramas, head to the overlooks at Pase Point, Lindy Point, Table Rock, or even atop the old Olson Fire Tower.
- For something a little different than the typical fall trees, catch the changing colors of the blueberry bushes on the northern end of Dolly Sods in the Monongahela.
- The flowing, amber beauty of Blackwater Falls really make the vibrant foliage colors pop.
Celebrate the season with Leaf Peepers Festival this weekend – September 22-24. From scenic chairlift rides and nature hikes to mountain music and Oktoberfest, it’s a full-on Appalachian fall frenzy you don’t want to miss.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to share their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.