West Virginia State Parks

West Virginia State Forests: Fall’s Best Kept Secret

Scenic overlooks and perennial hotspots get the most visitors during the fall foliage season, but some of the best places to get up close and personal with colorful leaves are West Virginia State Forests. October is an excellent month to explore West Virginia’s best kept secret. Many state forests offer cabin and campsite accommodations. Some have off-season rates – start here to find specials at individual forests: www.wvstateparks.com. And each has its own identity and offers many recreational opportunities in addition to leaf peeping.

Generally, the higher the elevation, the sooner the leaves change. To help you plan a leaf viewing schedule, here are suggestions for the best times to enjoy bursts of colors at West Virginia’s state forests.

First and second weeks of October

Second and third weeks of October

Third and fourth weeks of October

Don’t forget to share photos of your state forest excursions on the Division of Tourism’s #MyWV Fall Color page, a user-generated platform to showcase fall foliage in the Mountain State.

Make plans to visit a West Virginia State Forest this fall!