With almost 80 percent covered in natural forest, West Virginia becomes prime fall foliage territory beginning in late September.
That's when the northeast becomes blanketed in rich Autumn color near Morgantown, where Coopers Rock State Forest and Prickett’s Fort State Park (near Fairmont) become prime destinations for leaf peepers.
Next comes central West Virginia where in mid-October the Cheat River Byway, Old Route 7 and the Northwestern Turnpike become favorites for cruisin' the local color. Come late October, and southern West Virginia is ablaze in red, yellow and gold as another fall foliage season comes to a close.
Enjoy the whole day, or the entire weekend, during West Virginia fall fetival season. Have fun!
The big parade is just one of the highlights of the
Pumpkin Festival in early October.
September 22 - September 24, 2023 -- Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Fall Festival Kearneysville -- Expert-level craftsmanship is on display at this fall festival featuring art glass, folk art, pottery, hand-crafted furniture, quilts, leather, handmade jewelry and more including food vendors, a gourmet market, and live music.
October 5 - October 8, 2023 -- West Virginia Pumpkin Festival Milton -- A highlight of one the state's largest and most popular festivals features craft displays, a blacksmithing demonstration, pottery making, chainsaw carving, and more working exhibits along with a petting zoo, food vendors and a big parade.
October 12 - October 15, 2023 -- West Virginia Black Walnut Festival Spencer --
Celebrating the black walnut in all its forms with cooking and baking contests, food and craft booths, plus carnival rides, a flower show, flea market, and more during the festival's four-day run.
Mid-October -- FestivAll Fall Charleston -- Check out a ten-day long fall fest celebrating the arts as well as traditional Appalachian music, dance and theater performances, plus a magical Glow in the Park night featuring family fun, live music, and glow in the dark crafts.