As warm golden hues sweep through the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia and blend with the region’s majestic landscape, it’s easy to see why the Mountain State is a leaf peepers paradise. Fall foliage in West Virginia normally occurs within a six-week window that normally starts in mid-September and ends around the first week of November.
West Virginia Fall Foliage Progression Dates
- Late September: Dolly Sods, Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls
- Late October: Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins to Mid to Late October
Find out where the best destinations are in West Virginia to take in the beautiful sites of fall foliage this year!
Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins | West Virginia Fall Foliage
Peak Foliage: Mid to Late October
Location, location, location. At Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins, you’re in the thick of seasonal change. Our cabins are surrounded by beautiful West Virginia foliage, and when the time comes, the cabins are enveloped in reds, yellows, and golds—typically, peak foliage arrives near the end of October. Looking for some September or fall fishing? The North Fork River, only steps away from your cabin, provides phenomenal fishing opportunities and majestic vistas. If you’re in need of a hike, Harman’s offers several onsite hikes so you won’t have to travel far to enjoy some of the best fall foliage in West Virginia.
Seneca Rocks | West Virginia Fall Foliage
Distance from Harman’s: 11.7 miles
Peak Foliage: Mid to Late October
A well-known landmark in West Virginia, Seneca Rocks is a natural wonder that stretches nearly 900 feet above the North Fork River. Seneca Rocks is located in Monongahela National Forest and features its own hiking trail that scales nearly 700 ft above ground and is 2.6 miles round trip—the trail can be enjoyed by hikers of all ages. Fall foliage typically peaks in late September.
Dolly Sods & Bear Rocks | West Virginia Fall Foliage
Distance from Harman’s: 12.4 miles
Peak Foliage: Late September
The red leaves of blueberry bushes create a canvas that must be seen in person to truly enjoy. Reaching nearly 4,000 feet in elevation, Dolly Sods is a unique hub for fall foliage in West Virginia, with bogs and rocky plains coexisting at the center of a forest. There are plenty of trails to journey that provide it’s explorers breathtaking views of Canaan Valley and the surrounding warm-tinted wilderness. Venture to Bear Rocks at Dolly Sods—where this elevated cliff overlooks sweeping mountains and ridgelines of dazzling colors—for the perfect photo op.
Spruce Knob | West Virginia Fall Foliage
Distance from Harman’s: 33 miles
Peak Foliage: Late September
Spruce Knob typically sees a color change during late September. As the highest peak in West Virginia—4,863 feet above sea level to be exact—Spruce Knob is one of the first areas to experience fall’s natural transformation. Located in Monongahela National Forest, the area is enveloped with red spruce, blueberry bushes, and huckleberry plants. The peak overlooks grassy plains and beautiful vistas of surrounding West Virginia. The Spruce Knob Observation Tower is also a great source for enjoying the views.
Blackwater Falls | West Virginia Fall Foliage
Distance from Harman’s: 46 miles
Peak Foliage: Late September, Early October
Commonly crowned as one of West Virginia’s most photographed landmarks, Blackwater Falls is a breathtaking experience year-round. As the leaves begin to glow yellow, orange, and red, the area surrounding this stunning waterfall only becomes more photogenic. Numerous trails are available for exploring at Blackwater Falls State Park. Other popular attractions in the park include Elakala Falls, Pendleton Point Overlook, and Lindy Point.
Take a Scenic West Virginia Train Ride
There are several West Virginia train tours near Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins, including the Potomac Eagle and the Cass Scenic Railroad. These popular train tours provide unbeatable views of the area—even more so during peak fall foliage season.
Cass Scenic Railroad
Hop aboard a historic Shay SteamEngine on the Cass Scenic Railroad which takes regular 4.5-hour round-trips to Bald Knob from September 14 through October 27, Tuesdays through Sundays, where you’ll enjoy peak fall foliage. Tickets start at $61 for adults and $51 for kids ages 3 to 11. Reserve your fall excursion with the Cass Scenic Railroad by calling (304) 636-9477.
Head to Wappocomo Station to board the Potomac Eagle, where you’ll enjoy a tour through some of the best viewing locations of the majestic American Bald Eagle. The train runs through October 28, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy West Virginia’s fall landscape. There are several trips available, including a 35-mile 3-hour round trip through the Trough to Sycamore Bridge. The trip is $110 per person and includes concessions. Contact (304) 424-0736 for more information on the Potomac Eagle tours and tickets.
Chet Mountain Salamander
Enjoy one of West Virginia’s most unique train ride aboard the Chet Mountain Salamander where you’ll find yourself on a 35 mile journey though the center of Chet Mountain. This 2.5 hour ride aboard climate-controlled cars includes lunch, amazing views and stopovers at the amazing “High Falls of the Chet.” Learn more and book your tickets on the Chet Mountain Salamander for your next visit to Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins.
Petersburg, WV Train Rides
If you’re looking to take a quick trip from D.C., look no further than the South Side Depot in Petersburg, WV. This quaint shopping center boasts several unique commodities for visitors to enjoy, along with scenic fall foliage train rides throughout the month of October. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for kids. Each scenic train ride is 1.5 hours, with multiple departure dates throughout the month. Call (304) 257-9264 for more information.
Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Enjoy comfort and style on your scenic trip through Canaan Valley during a Mountain Rail Adventure along the Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Select train rides are available through the fall, including group tours and excursions through the more remote reaches of West Virginia. Ticket prices and departure dates vary; for more information, call (304) 636-9477.