Top 5 Instagrammable Fall Foliage Spots at State Parks

Snap a photo at one of these iconic state park locations and share your fall memories on social media.

There’s no question that West Virginia’s state parks and forests are some of the most beautiful places for seeing fall color. One way you can remember your time at a state park or forest is taking a picture with your camera or smartphone! Don’t know where to start? Try one of these Instagram-worthy spots to capture fall at its finest. And be sure to share your favorite photos on social media using the #WVStateParks and #AlmostHeaven hashtags!

Glade Creek Grist Mill, Babcock State Park

The iconic Glade Creek Grist Mill is one of the most photographed locations in West Virginia. Over the years, this spot has graced the pages of numerous calendars and coffee table books. The rustic centerpiece of Babcock State Park is particularly beautiful in October, when the weathered structure is framed in warm autumn colors. You can photograph the mill from several angles if you’re willing to explore the area. You can even snap a photo from the park’s main parking lot.

Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park

The Mountain State’s most majestic waterfall is also the namesake of Blackwater Falls State Park. This impressive waterfall plunges 57 feet over a rocky precipice into the Blackwater River. Its dark waters are tinted by tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. A mix of evergreens and deciduous trees lining the banks make this a lovely spot to photograph any time of the year, while several viewing platforms and trails offer different perspectives of the falls. And during your trip, head past the park’s sled run area and hike the .37-mile Lindy Point Trail to the overlook for another photo-worthy view of the canyon.

Pioneer Farm, Twin Falls Resort State Park

Take a stroll down the leaf-strewn lane to the Pioneer Farm at Twin Falls Resort State Park for a beautiful sight. You might just find yourself humming “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The reconstructed 19th-century homestead is a working farm, and adds a charming touch of living history to the area’s natural beauty. Park visitors are welcome to photograph the pastoral scene, with its split-rail fence, garden and friendly farm animals milling about. If the caretakers are home, they will often step outside to chat with guests about farm life.

Tourist Train, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

The antique, steam-driven locomotives at Cass Scenic Railroad have long been a photo destination for rail enthusiasts. Visitors come from near and far to witness this historic train in action. The train itself makes for a beautiful shot as it chugs ’round the mountain into the historic logging town of Cass. For even more amazing shots, ride the train 11 miles up the mountain to the overlook at Bald Knob, the third-highest point in West Virginia. From there, you can see into two states on a clear day.

Main Overlook, Coopers Rock State Forest

Just a short drive from Morgantown, Coopers Rock State Forest is ideal for a quick leaf-peeping getaway. Several hiking trails in the park lead to stunning overlooks, but one can’t-miss stop is the main overlook. Just a short walk from the parking area, this rock outcropping, enclosed by rustic fence, leads to an awe-inspiring view of the Cheat River Canyon. And, if you feel like taking a short hike, the 1.5-mile Ravens Rock Trail offers some Instagram-worthy scenery, as well!

Plan a fall photo trip to a West Virginia state park or forest today!

What West Virginia state park or forest has your favorite Instagram shot? Visit www.wvstateparks.com and plan your photo expedition today!

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