Fall is in the air and the leaves are beginning to change in Elkins! As one of the first stops for tourist information, the Elkins Depot Welcome Center answers many questions regarding the fall season. Just to set the record straight, we would like to chime in and agree: Elkins has much to offer during autumn and we would love for you to spend it with us during the next few weeks!
For the Leaf Peepers:
Ride a train! Hop aboard one of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley’s scenic train excursions. Take a ride through the Cheat Mountain and take in the gorgeous mountain vistas. The popular New Tygart Flyer reaches it’s destination at the High Falls of Cheat where passengers can step off the train and enjoy the fall foliage and waterfall. The Cheat Mountain Salamander offers an eight hour ride meandering through the crisp mountain air. Contact Mountain Rail Adventures at 877.686.7245 or visit their website at mtn-rail.com to reserve your seats, trains are selling out fast!
Bickle Knob’s Observation Tower sits high atop the mountain. Situated about ten miles northeast of Elkins, the tower is an easy, short jaunt from where you park your vehicle on Forest Road 91 (Stuart Memorial Drive). Climb to the top of the tower to enjoy the panoramic forest landscape.
Fun Fall Festivities:
The Mountain State Forest Festival celebrates its 80th year this year! Currently in full swing, the major events will take place this weekend (October 7th-8th), including the coronation of Maid Sylvia LXXX, Fireman’s Parade, and the Grand Feature Parade featuring the “Pride of West Virginia: The Mountaineer Marching Band! Activities and events are scattered all around the city as the forests of West Virginia are celebrated.
For the Kiddos!
Downtown Trick or Treat takes place on October 21st, an event where children are invited to participate! Downtown businesses offer a wide range of goodies for trick-or-treaters to enjoy. Be sure to stroll around the downtown to experience the Elkins Main Street Scarecrow Festival and take some selfies!
On Friday October, 14th visit five different microbreweries and restaurants while taking part in the Zombie Walk For Hunger event from 6:30-Midnight! Begin at Big Timber at 6:30 and zombie-walk along to The Brewstel, The Jabberwock, Beanders, and El Gran Sabor! Prizes are to won for the best zombie costume and non-perishable food donations will be accepted at venues. Live music, ghoulish drink specials, and local beer will be evening highlights! Generation Randolph is the sponsor for this new and exciting fall event.