Celebrate Fall at West Virginia State Parks

Pipestem Resort State Park is a great place in southern West Virginia to see fall colors on display.

No matter where you are, there’s something special — even magical — about fall. Cool weather replaces summer’s heat and humidity. Green leaves turning before your eyes, taking on breathtaking hues of gold, fiery orange and red. Crisp air carrying the smell of campfires, and with it, the prospect of melting s’mores.

A great way to celebrate the arrival of autumn is spending quality time in nature at a West Virginia state park or forest. Come for the day and enjoy hiking and other park activities. Or, stay for the night. All lodge parks offer “Book Now” lodging reservations. Several other parks and forests offer cabin rentals.

The official start of fall is Friday, Sept. 22, and many state parks will offer fun, fall activities to help celebrate the changing season. No matter how you decide to celebrate the season, we hope you will join us at West Virginia State Parks. Here are a few fall upcoming events with fun for the whole family.

Cabwaylingo Fall Festival (Sept. 23)

Enjoy crafts and arts, a car show, music and a parade at Cabwaylingo State Forest. Cabwaylingo is located on 8,123 heavily forested acres in southern West Virginia, so there are plenty of places to see autumn’s beauty on display. For more information about this event, click here.

Autumn Harvest Buffet at North Bend State Park (Oct. 1)

A fall event for the taste buds! Stay in the North Bend lodge during a weekend of hiking and leaf peeping and enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch of turkey and dressing, roast beef, slow-roasted baked ham, pecan crusted fish, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and salad. Buffet will be offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For prices and information about reservations, call 304-643-2931. For more information about this special buffet, click here.

Second Annual Fall Harvest Celebration at Pipestem (Oct. 28)

Enjoy an afternoon of fall fun at the Canyon Rim Center at Pipestem Resort State Park. There will be live bluegrass music, photo opportunities, games, cider, tram rides, hayrides and more. Plan to stay the weekend at the Pipestem lodge and enjoy fine dining, shopping, outdoor activities and spectacular views of the Bluestone Gorge. For more information about this event, click here.

Looking for other fun fall activities? Check out West Virginia State Parks’ must see fall foliage spots, or visit www.wvstateparks.com and see what other activities parks have to offer. Fall is a special time to enjoy state parks and make memories with your friends and families. Which park will you visit?