West Virginia is one of the most lush states in America, with almost eighty percent of the state forested. During the fall, the vibrant reds, browns, oranges and yellows are so plentiful, the state has their very own West Virginia Fall Foliage Report online. They also have a toll-free number to call during the fall months to check on when certain areas of the state are at maximum viewing perfection.
Pipestem Resort State Park
Along with all the fun activities Pipestem has to offer such as an aerial tramway, disc golf, horseback riding, remote control race car track, bicycle rentals, hiking, fishing and golf. The Pipestem Resort State Park also includes a Nature Center, home to the Harris Homestead, a historical reconstruction of a circa 1900s house and outbuildings. The Nature Center also offers guided bird and eagle watching tours.
Music and Dinner
You will be entertained with Home Grown Appalachian music while enjoying a delicious dinner.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were king. The town of Cass is like stepping back into history. The town’s charm has been enhanced by a totally restored company store, the train museum directly adjacent to the depot and free interpretive tours of the locomotive shops and the Cass Showcase orientation film and diorama. Then take the Cass Scenic Railroad up the mountain to Bald Knob, the third highest point in West Virginia, with a brief stop at Whittaker Station. It is advised to take plenty of warm clothing for the higher elevations, and dark clothing is strongly suggested as the train does produce soot.
Tamarack Visitors/Cultural Center
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is notable due to its distinctive red peaked roof and meticulous landscaped grounds. Browse through shops full of collections of handcrafted pottery, linens and jewelry along with homegrown and packaged West Virginia jams, jellies and other gourmet food products. Stroll through the fine art gallery showcasing West Virginia artists. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment and plenty of different food options.
Peaks of Otter
Overlooking Bedford, Virginia are the three mountain peaks known as the Peaks of Otter. Surrounding the Jefferson Natural Forest with stunning views and natural beauty, there is plenty to do including hiking, fishing, touring Polly Wood’s Ordinary, a cabin that was used to house travelers passing through starting in the early 1820s and the Johnson Farm, a living history farm. Snacks are available at the camp store and there is also a small gift shop featuring Blue Ridge Parkway keepsakes.
Virginia Dare Riverboat Cruise
Come enjoy a narrated riverboat cruise and see what Smith Mountain Lake State Park is all about. You’ll pass by three separate islands, two islands that are actually ridge tops, an antique carousel, one of the oldest tobacco barns in the area and numerous Osprey nests. Then you’ll cruise over an underwater bridge before arriving at Smith Mountain Lake Dam.
One night stay at the Roanoke Hotel is included in this tour. Built in 1882, this fully restored Tudor styled property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes all newly renovated guest rooms, golf and spa services and award-winning dining options.
Mill Mountain Theater
One of the most respected regional theaters in the Southeast, this professional year-round theater has been proudly entertaining visitors since 1964.