Fall Foliage

If you’ve ever traveled through the Mountain State during the fall, you know that West Virginia State Parks offer some of the most beautiful autumn views in the country. Here are some of our favorite fall photo hot spots to help you appreciate the beauty of our parks and forests and plan a fall trip.

Scenic Overlooks

Hawks Nest State Park

Ride the aerial tramway at Hawks Nest State Park for an up-close look at vibrant leaves, then stop by the park’s scenic overlook for a bird’s eye view of the New River Gorge National River.

Coopers Rock State Forest

Coopers Rock State Forest offers fall color as far as the eye can see at the main overlook. Or hike the Raven’s Rock trail for about 1.5 miles to another overlook with amazing views and snap some vibrant panoramic photos.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Canaan Valley Resort State Park runs their 4-person chairlift providing visitors access to scenic valley views and the Bald Knob trail head.  Bald Knob is an approximate one-mile hike and the park’s main viewing area.


Babcock State Park

Discover one of West Virginia’s most iconic scenes at Babcock State Park. The Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock is a popular spot for photographers and artists who want to capture a stunning setting in Almost Heaven. 

Blackwater Falls State Park

Take in a spectacular scene at Blackwater Falls State Park, located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County. The falls, along with a few of the park’s other features like Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the state’s most photographed spots.

Valley Falls State Park

Everybody loves a good waterfall photo. At Valley Falls State Park, a series of four picturesque falls can be photographed. The dark, rushing waters of the Tygart Valley River are stunning when juxtaposed against the vibrant fall foliage.