When autumn colors blanket the hills and mountains of Almost Heaven, you know it’s time to visit a West Virginia state park or forest. Plan a trip and check off these bucket list items.
Take a hike and enjoy the sights and sounds of autumn. West Virginia state parks and forests are laced with hundreds of miles of trails for all levels of skill and ability, from steep single-track climbs at Watoga State Park to the wide, gentle grade of the North Bend Rail Trail to the paved, ADA-approved path at Kanawha State Forest. Collect fallen leaves and see how many you can identify. The fall season provides ideal hiking conditions, it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. You might even get to observe the native wildlife as they make their winter preparations. For more ideas or to join a guided hike, consult a park naturalist.