10 Fall Activities to Enjoy in West Virginia

Fall foliage in West Virginia

“Blackwater River with fall colors” by Judy Gallagher

Something about the fall season inspires a sense of adventure. It’s a great time to get out and about, visiting new places and experiencing new things. Known for its beautiful outdoor scenery and recreational activities, West Virginia makes for an optimal fall destination.

From agritourism and scenic outdoor adventures to the opportunity to explore the state’s rich history, there’s much to do and enjoy in West Virginia come autumn. Looking to plan your next trip or outing? Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

Fall Excursions

1. Kenova Pumpkin House

Aside from being the hometown of Brad D. Smith, Kenova, West Virginia is also home to the Pumpkin House — a favorite attraction of tourists and locals alike. The house is just what it sounds like — a pumpkin display of epic proportions that welcomes nearly 30,000 visitors a year. Looking to add it to your Halloween season agenda? Learn more and plan your visit here.

2. Potomac Eagle Scenic Train Ride

Go leaf peeping in the West Virginia Potomac Highlands aboard the Potomac Eagle train. Customize your experience by choosing from different train routes and trip durations. Explore the different trips here.

3. Orr’s Farm Market

This family-owned agritourism destination offers guests the experience of picking their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, visiting the farm’s barnyard animals, shopping the bakery and farmer’s market, and more. Plan your visit by checking out their website. Be sure to also glance over their list of special events.

4. Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

When picturing a classic fall day, you may instantly imagine a day spent on a farm, harvesting pumpkins and weaving your way through a corn maze. Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, located in Inwood, offers a slew of family-friendly activities. Visit the website.

Outdoor Recreation

5. Blackwater Falls State Park

Due to its high elevation, this state park is known for beautiful fall foliage. While you’re there, be sure to enjoy the view of 57-foot-tall Blackwater Falls — one of West Virginia’s most photographed locations. Learn more about visiting the falls and the other activities available at the park here.

6. Cass Scenic Railroad Historical State Park

Experience historic West Virginia at the Cass Scenic Railroad Historical State Park. Hop aboard one of the park’s scenic train rides to take in the sights of the season before visiting the Cass Historical Theater and Historical Museum. Learn more and plan your visit.

7. Hatfield McCoy Trail System

If you’re an adventure seeker, then you might consider checking out the Hatfield McCoy Trail system for ATVs, UTVs and dirtbikes. In case you’re wondering, the name isn’t a coincidence.  Several of the trails are located where the famous Hatfield-McCoy Feuding took place in the 1800s. Learn more.

8. Hawks Nest State Park

Between a nature museum, an aerial tramway, jet boat rides and more, this 270-acre park has a lot to offer. When visiting, be sure to hit up the park’s best-known feature and namesake: a scenic overlook that grants visitors an aerial view of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Learn more about the park.

Sporting Events 

9. Marshall University

Join Marshall University President Brad D. Smith in cheering on Marshall University at various fall sporting events. Head to John C. Edwards Stadium to support the Marshall Thundering Herd football team at one of the university’s games. The team has games scheduled from September through November. You can also catch Marshall’s women’s volleyball team at the Cam Henderson Center. Don’t miss a game. Check out their schedule here.

10. West Virginia University

If you’re in the Morgantown area, you might consider stopping by West Virginia University for a Mountaineer football game. Catch another great game and swing by Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium to catch the WVU women’s soccer team in action. Go Mountaineers!

Additional Information

To learn more about all that West Virginia has to offer in the fall, check out West Virginia Tourism’s website. And to learn more about Brad D. Smith’s commitment to the state, visit wing2wing foundation.org.