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West Virginia Has Amazing Fall Foliage — Here Are the Best Places to See It


When it comes to fall foliage, few places can rival West Virginia.
Thanks to the state's plentiful outdoor spaces, mountainous regions, and perfect fall weather conditions, West Virginia is a place where the fall colors just feel a bit more vibrant than anywhere else. Want to see the kaleidoscope of hues blend together in their burnt orange, crisp red, and bright yellow majesty? Here are five destinations throughout West Virginia that all leaf peepers need to add to their fall travel bucket lists.

Coopers Rock State Forest is already well-known for having some of the best views around thanks to its high-elevation canyon overlooks. Come to explore the entire park and its 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as spaces for rock climbing, picnicking, and everything in between. For the best fall views, sit by its lake to see the colors reflected in the water, or head up to one of those canyon overlooks to look out at a sea of color for miles around.

Blackwater Falls State Park, nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, has more than enough natural beauty to go around. Yes, it's home to a 57-foot waterfall flowing with amber-colored water, but it's also the absolute place to be in the fall for a foliage show. The area has plentiful viewing platforms where visitors can stand in awe of the changing leaves day after day until they're gone for winter. Visitors can even take their viewing on the move thanks to 20 miles of hiking trails surrounding the falls.

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