Stunning Spots To Explore Fall Color Right Now in West Virginia – Week of 10/16

October 18, 2023

This week marks the halfway point of October, which means there is still plenty of peak fall foliage to catch in Almost Heaven. This is your chance to see the season’s best fall colors in these iconic Mountain State destinations.

To get the most out of your fall foliage trip to Almost Heaven, stay up to date by using our Live Leaf Map. Your #AlmostHeaven photos will have the perfect backdrop. These regions of the Mountain State are filled with vibrant colors from Walnuts, Hickories, Sycamore, Birch and Maple.

So pack your gear, bring your friends and make a trip to these leaf peeping wonders this week!


An easy one-hour drive down the West Virginia Turnpike from the capital city of Charleston reveals one of the most lively fall towns in Almost Heaven. Beckley is already seeing peak shades of ruby, yellow and ginger scattered throughout the region. Make a stop in Raleigh County and traverse the Piney Creek Preserve. This 613-acre preserve offers 20 miles of hiking and biking trails along historic coal mine benches.

You can also explore the newest additions to the West Virginia Waterfall Trail: Cranberry Creek Cascades Waterfall and Little Whitestick Falls. A short, scenic walk down the Waterfall Hollow Trail from the Wildwood Trailhead will lead you to these charming little cascades.


Voted one of America’s coolest small towns, Lewisburg is famous for its delicious dining options, array of local shops and streets. Take a journey on two wheels through multiple state forests when you bike the Greenbrier River Trail. This path spans 78 miles, giving you a plethora of scenic backdrops for your many #AlmostHeaven selfies.

The Greenbrier State Forest covers more than 5,100 acres of secluded wilderness, so you will be surrounded by more yellows, oranges and reds than you can imagine.

If you’d like to extend your fall trip, the Historic General Lewis Inn is the perfect option if you’re looking for some Lewisburg luxury. Your stay here is a blend of old and new, which translates to a variety of opulent suites that boast beautiful views.

White Sulphur Springs

Less than 20 minutes away from Lewisburg is the charming town of White Sulphur Springs. The Greenbrier is home to 11,000 acres, and you can hop on a scenic horse-and-carriage ride to take in more fall foliage. The Greenbrier River Trail runs through White Sulphur Springs as well, so traversing to this town from Lewisburg is certainly doable for avid hikers and mountain bikers.

After exploring the massive property at The Greenbrier, you will love winding down at The Salt Cave and Spa as well as experiencing fine dining at the resort’s on-site restaurants.

Eastern Panhandle

If you plan a trip to the Eastern Panhandle, you should head to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Here, you can take a stroll along a portion of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail and get a feel for the crisp, fall air. Harpers Ferry is a staple in West Virginia’s history, and visiting sites like John Brown’s Fort will add some historical insight to your fall foliage trip.

Shepherdstown is another beautiful fall destination, and you can even enter the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath and enjoy the surrounding wooded areas. If you’d like to extend your stay in the Eastern Panhandle, the Bavarian Inn is a unique option if you want a European twist on your trip.

No matter where you decide to find some color, you will not be disappointed by any of these Almost Heaven destinations.

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