Enjoy a Fall Getaway at Nature’s Mountain Playground

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Boasting high mountain peaks, cascading rivers, and magnificent waterfalls, every direction in Pocahontas County leads to an adventure beyond the ordinary. Enjoy fall in the Alleghenies this year with a fall getaway to Nature’s Mountain Playground.

The vibrant foliage is best viewed from open roads. Our sprawling routes follow the natural mountain peaks, winding valleys and flowing rivers of the region and will lead you to captivating landscapes and famous attractions. Follow the twists and turns of the Highland Scenic Drive for great seasonal views. As you navigate the colorful bends, discover incredible views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. Looking to explore? Stop along the way at popular hiking spots like Honeycomb Rocks and High Rocks Trail. And be sure to snap an epic fall scenic photo at the Big Spruce Overlook.

With a total of 214 hiking trails covering nearly 800 miles, over 340 miles of mountain biking routes, and a host of pristine fishing streams and cascading waterfalls, you could spend days in the Monongahela National Forest and not not experience everything. Pocahontas County contains more than a third of the 900,000 acre forest and the “Mon” (as the locals call it) is home to many notable local attractions including Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, Hills Creek FallsCranberry Backcountry, Honeycomb Rocks, Cranberry Wilderness Area, Highland Scenic Highway and Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. Escape the crowds and reconnect with nature as you journey through this off-the-grid oasis. No matter which trail you choose, visitors will find incredible views and West Virginia wildlife, so be sure to pack your binoculars and cameras. Picnic areas and visitor centers are also located throughout the forest.

Visit our state parks and forests as they come alive with striking fall hues. Take a walk in nature at the beautiful, but unusual, Beartown State Park. Go hiking or mountain biking and discover the various terrains of Watoga State Park. Climb to the top of the watchtower at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park for stunning views. Or spend time in the wide open spaces of Seneca State Forest for peace and solitude.

For a next-level leaf-watching experience the whole family is sure to love, hop aboard a train trip with Mountain train adventures. There’s no better way to enjoy the beauty of our rugged peaks and inspiring landscapes than on a train ride. These trips take you high into the mountains for spectacular views from some of the highest points in the state! From the Durbin Rocket to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, find the perfect route for you and your family.

Snowshoe ski resort also offers many fall activities for the whole family! Ride the elevator and admire the foliage at 4,848 feet above sea level, tackle some downhill mountain biking or take advantage of the countless hiking opportunities around the resort.

There’s always something going on in Nature’s Mountain Playground! Attend one of our fall festivals – West Virginia RoadKill Cook-Off and the Fall Harvest Festival (September 24), Cranberry Shindig (September 25) and Huntersville Traditions Day (September 30).

Request a free copy of Pocahontas County Visitors Guide to start planning your getaway now.

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