Call up a vision of the Mountain State, and the strains of a familiar tune begin to play in your mind. You know the one. It begins "Almost heaven, West Virginia" and tells of a place that's filled with wilderness. It doesn't take long to see that "life is old there," older than the forests of spruce and hemlock, birch and beech, more ancient than the waters coursing through this terrain. In fact, it's about as old as the rocks beneath your feet. Adventure is this state's calling card, and visitors have been answering that call, seeking what West Virginia has in abundance: country roads, uncrowded places, and fresh mountain air.
Waterfalls have long been favorite features here. Hidden in the rolling hills, they dot the landscape, emerging along elevation changes and geological shifts in the riverbeds. They're also some of the best places in the South to see fall foliage.