Southern West Virginia autumn colors abundant this weekend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Autumn colors should be abundant this weekend in southern West Virginia, the state Tourism Office said.

The agency suggests taking state Route 20 from Pipestem Resort State Park to Meadow Bridge as it winds through scenic areas such as Bluestone State Park, the railroad town of Hinton and the Sandstone Falls overlook on the New River National River.

Travelers can share fall photos using #AlmostHeaven. The photos will be added to the Tourism Office’s live leaf map at

People traveling the state to see fall colors should check individual businesses’ status before setting out, the agency said. Visitors should also observe the statewide indoor face covering requirement and maintain a safe social distance, officials said.

Except for some Eastern Panhandle counties, the northern part of the state and mountainous regions have reached peak fall color, the Tourism Office said. Most of the remaining color is in southern West Virginia and the Parkersburg area.

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