Fall Mountain Foliage

Say goodbye to summer and usher in cooler temperatures and pumpkin-flavored everything with a cruise through the mountains’ fiery red and orange leaves.

Fairmont’s Fiery Foliage

Enjoy rushing falls, framed by the artwork of autumn.

Valley Falls State Park
Fairmont, WV 26554
To start off a fantastic foliage tour, stop at Valley Falls State Park, a 1,145-acre hidden gem enhanced by whirling and rushing falls on the Tygart Valley River. The park was once the site of a lumber and grist mill community.
Uncover a variety of outdoor recreation, including fishing, picnicking, kayaking, and 18 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Valley Falls State Park is open to the public and there is no entry fee to enjoy the park.

  • [TIP] Fairmont’s foliage peaks in mid-October.

Pricketts Fort State Park
106 Overfort Lane, Fairmont, WV 26554
Meet Colonial characters and watch them hard at work blacksmithing, spinning wool and more as you explore this living history fort. The original Pricketts Fort served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier. The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation recreated the fort in 1976. The rustic log fort is perched on a scenic ridge overlooking the confluence of Prickett’s Creek and the Monongahela River.

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Native American Weekend
Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV 26554
Participate in an interactive history lesson, including displays, demos and activities for kids. Regular admission prices apply.

Christmas in October
Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV 26554
Go on a unique shopping trip back to the 18th Century. Artisans and craftsman will demonstrate and feature their work in the Fort's Visitor Center as well as the grounds surrounding the historic fort.You can also enjoy tours with costumed interpreters throughout the weekend.

ALSO SEE:

Muriale’s Restaurant
1742 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554
Grab some pasta at this longstanding Italian restaurant and take in the view on the deck, overlooking the Tygart Valley River.

Coal Country Miniature Golf
22 Coal Country Lane Fairmont, WV 26554
Take a break at this quirky coal mining-themed mini golf course, or try your luck at their batting cages.

Short Story Brewing
1211 Country Club Road, Fairmont WV
Visit this family-owned brewery in Rivesville for a delicious craft beer! Take in the beautiful fall foliage as you drive along the Monongahlea River to your destination. 

Massive color in Morgantown

Visit Morgantown parks for a panoramic view of color.

Coopers Rock State Forest
61 County Line Drive, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
Gawk at fall foliage from numerous overlooks on the bands of rock cliffs that line the Cheat River Gorge. Grab a panoramic view of the horizon atop the main overlook. Giant boulders and cliffs turn the forest’s trails into a beautiful maze through the colorful trees.

Dorsey’s Knob Park
Morgantown, WV 26508
Get a bird’s eye view of the leaves from Sky Rock, which stands nearly 600 feet above a landscape of deep valleys and tall pines, providing a picturesque view of Morgantown and beyond. The 70-acre park features trails, a disc golf course and a playground.

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Forks of Cheat Winery & Distillery
2811 Stewartstown Road, Morgantown, WV 26508
Dependent on weather, Forks of Cheat Winery offers tours of their winery and distillery— tastings included. This is your chance to get a taste of apple pie moonshine!

Black Bear Burritos
132 Pleasant St, Morgantown, WV 26505
Black Bear Burritos features a host of global flavors wrapped up in tortillas, as well as a wide selection of beers and live music.

Cheat Lake
Morgantown, WV 26505
Watch the fall colors reflect off of the rippling waters of Cheat Lake, a 13-mile long reservoir just 10 minutes from downtown.

For more information about what to see & do in Morgantown, check the Greater Morgantown CVB.

A palette of colors in Preston County

Peep beautiful fall colors rolling through the landscape.

Cranesville Swamp
Terra Alta, WV 26764
Walk along a beautiful boardwalk framed by rolling hills while you take in this rare 2,000-acre landscape, one of the coolest (temperature-wise) and soggiest spots in the state. In 1965, Cranesville Swamp was one of the first National Natural Landmarks designated by the National Park Service.

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Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo
291 Wagner Lane, Kingwood, WV 26537
The Hovatter’s Zoo animals have made WV their home, but they come from all across the world! See, and even hand feed, a host of exotic animals, including lions, tigers, bears, buffalo, various monkeys & apes, and many more creatures.

Arthurdale
RT. 92, Arthurdale, W.Va. 26520
Visit the nation’s first New Deal Homestead, Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Little Village,” Arthurdale. A museum and adjacent craft store are open Nov. 1st through April 30.

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Preston County Buckwheat Festival
Kingwood, WV, 26537
Join this longtime Preston County tradition featuring Irish Road Bowling, carnival rides, food and more. The festival is named after the county’s resurgence following the Great Depression, when farmers grew buckwheat as an “insurance crop” due to its short growing season and good quality. In 1938, buckwheat was the focus of an end-of-harvest homecoming when farmers could finally relax.

For more information about what to see & do in Preston County, visit the Preston County CVB.