The Top Destinations for West Virginia Fall Foliage

As warm golden hues sweep through the Appalachian Mountains of 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 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

Discover some of the top areas in West Virginia and when they begin to see peak fall foliage:

  • Late September: Dolly Sods, Spruce Knob, Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley
  • Mid-to-Late October: Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins

 

Find out where the best destinations are in West Virginia to take in the beautiful sites of fall foliage this year!

 

aerial view of spruce knob

Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins

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 on-site hikes so you won’t have to travel far to enjoy some of the best fall foliage in West Virginia.

 

seneca rocks in west virginia

Seneca Rocks

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

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 West Virginia fall foliage, with bogs and rocky plains coexisting at the center of a forest. There are plenty of trails to journey that provides 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.

 

Canaan Valley

Distance from Harman’s: 26 miles

Peak Foliage: Late September, Early October

Located in northeastern West Virginia, Canaan Valley is made up of hundreds of plant and wildlife species, from blueberry to starflowers, and beavers to American Bald Eagle. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1974, Canaan Valley has become a popular scenic attraction thanks to its unique ecosystem, wildlife viewing at the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, photo ops, and several hiking trails that range from less than one mile in distance to over four miles.

 

Spruce Knob

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 spot for enjoying the views.

 

blackwater falls with fall foliageBlackwater Falls

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.

 

Check out these scenic West Virginia hiking trails for the perfect leaf peeping opportunities.

 

cass scenic railroad train

Fall Foliage Train Tours West Virginia

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.

Learn more about the best West Virginia fall train rides.

Cass Scenic Railroad

Hop aboard a historic Shay Steam Engine on the Cass Scenic Railroad which takes regular 4.5-hour round-trips to Bald Knob from mid-September through late October, where you’ll enjoy peak fall foliage. Tickets start at $61 for adults and $51 for kids ages 4 to 11.

Potomac Eagle

Head to Wappocomo Station to board the Potomac Eagle, where you’ll enjoy a tour through some of the best viewing locations in West Virginia. The train runs through early November, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the area’s fall landscape. There are several trips available, including a 35-mile 3-hour round trip through the Trough to Sycamore Bridge. Coach tickets are $50 per person for adults and $20 for children ages 4 through 12 and includes concessions.

Cheat 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 through the center of Cheat Mountain. This 2.5-hour ride aboard climate-controlled cars includes lunch, amazing views, and stopovers at the amazing “High Falls of the Cheat.”

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.

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.

 

West Virginia Log Cabins for Fall

Take the time to enjoy the colors of fall from your very own outdoor balcony in a one-, two-, three-, or four-bedroom luxury log cabin rental. Picturesque vistas are plentiful at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins, which is situated alongside the North Fork River in Hopeville Canyon, West Virginia. Each cabin comes with its own private outdoor hot tub or jacuzzi tub, and a rock fireplace, perfect for those cool fall days. Harman’s also boasts several hiking trails, so you won’t have to travel too far to enjoy the great outdoors painted in reds and golds.

Take a peek at these luxury log cabins to start planning your West Virginia fall foliage escape:

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