Searching for the perfect place to explore West Virginia’s extraordinary fall foliage? Look no further than the New River/Greenbrier Valley. This region, home to some of the state’s best trails and whitewater rafting opportunities, features a variety of state parks and forests that are guaranteed to please.
Bridge Day (October 15 – New River Gorge Bridge)
Held Annually at the mesmerizing New River Gorge, Bridge Day draws onlookers from around the world as BASE jumpers hurl themselves from the New River Gorge Bridge. While in the area, take advantage of picturesque Babcock State Park: more than 4,000 acres complete with cabins, camping sites, boating and fishing opportunities, scenic overlooks and the historic Glade Creek Grist Mill. Hawks Nest State Park also provides visitors with expansive views of the New River Gorge and state-of-the-art facilities and meeting rooms.
Little Beaver State Park in Raleigh County is the perfect day-trip for those who love to hit the trails. The park offers 10 hiking and biking trails, each varying in length and difficulty but all breathtaking.
Explore nature during West Virginia’s most colorful season. The 5,300-acre Camp Creek State Forest offers ample hunting, fishing and camping opportunities. Beartown State Park (open daily through October) is minimally developed to preserve unique rock formations. Basic facilities include interpretative signs and an easily accessible boardwalk. Interested in mixing both nature and culture? Check out Bluestone State Park. This park is heavily forested and offers visitors serene views and plenty of outdoor activities. The park also hosts outdoor musical dramas that highlight the region’s rich history.
Enjoy a picnic while surrounded by breathtaking views at Pinnacle Rock State Park. Take in all Greenbrier State Forest has to offer with its view of majestic Kate’s Mountain and its prime location near historic Lewisburg and Lost World Cave Taverns. Travelers interested in a weekend retreat can find Pipestem Resort State Park (with a well-equipped lodge and a whole host of cottages to choose from) tucked between the mountains, overlooking the Bluestone Gorge. Those looking to work off calories before trick or treating should check out the Pipestem Pumpkin Run, Oct 29 at 8 a.m. Twin Falls Resort State Park also has something for everyone. Its scenic hiking trails and views, extensive golf course, historic Pioneer Farm, and campsites make it the perfect spot for relaxation and recreation.
The New River/Greenbrier Valley offers a wide variety of state parks, conveniently located and sure to impress.