West Viginia’s Fall Foliage

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As the temperature start to drop, the nature puts a special showcase of colors as the trees turn from green to a vibrant sea of yellows, oranges, and reds.

The West Virginia Division of Forestry has a fall color map that shows where’s the best time to see the state’s fall foliage in each county.

Credit: wvforestry.com
Credit: wvforestry.com

In Charleston and the rest of Kanawha, fall colors are in full bloom in late October. Areas north and east of the state, the leaves start turning as early as the last weeks of September.

Scenic drives through major interstate routes like the I-79, I-77, I-68, I-64 W and I-64 E, will give you a nice glimpse of the autumn colors, likewise through local routes like US Route 119, State Route 4, Junction Route 16, State Route 150 (the Highland Scenic Highway), and State Route 60 East.

For more than a glimpse, scenic vistas can be had at the New River Gorge, Kanawha Falls, Hawks Nest State Park overlooks, Blackwater Falls State Park, Highland Scenic Highway in Pocahontas County, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Spruce Knob, and Greenbrier Valley Railroad.