The Beauty of Autumn

The long summer days have faded into cool fall nights and these nights bring about the beauty of autumn, as the leaves change from green to vibrant oranges, yellows and reds.

Nearly 75% of the state of West Virginia is covered in forests, which makes it the perfect location for fall foliage sightseeing. The state offers many scenic overlooks and state parks for those wanting to take in a day of color. Those of us who live in the tristate area are fortunate to not have to travel far to see the beauty of the season. Simply driving along the local roads will offer a view to the bright colors of fall, but if you are up for a longer trek, check out some of these spots.

Raven Rock Overlook, which is part of Coopers Rock State Forest is a hiking trail located near Morgantown, WV that offers beautiful views.

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory is another overlook location that offers not only beautiful sights but the unique chance of spotting raptors. The observatory is located in Union, WV and sits atop Peters Mountain on the Eastern Continental Divide. From this vantage point visitors are treated to a view of the migrating birds of prey. According to the official United States Department of Agriculture website, the overlook is situated along a popular migration path and your chances of seeing raptors is best during the autumn months.

Blackwater Falls State Park nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, WV is, as its name suggests, home to a large waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by the beauty of the season during fall, which makes it a great destination for hiking. The park also offers cabin rentals and a variety of outdoor activities.

Two sites that are just across the river from Chester, West Virginia, the location of Hancock County Savings Bank’s main branch, are Beaver Creek State Park and Thompson Park. These parks are found in East Liverpool, Ohio and they light up during the fall months, with both colorful trees and fall activities. An Oktoberfest will be held noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 28 at Thompson Park and Pioneer Days, dedicated to craft vendors and historical presentations, will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6 at Beaver Creek. Both of these events offer a chance to take in the changes of fall while also enjoying festive food and family fun.