This fall, there are many reasons to visit scenic Tucker County, W.Va., where colorful leaves arrive sooner because of the high altitude and the travel time is an hour less thanks to recently completed highways.
Some of the happenings center around Timberline Four Seasons Resort (timberlineresort.com), including a Pro Mountain Bike Race on Sept. 6. It’s the fourth stop for the 2015 Maxxis Gravity East Series, the East Coast’s preeminent downhill race series. Timberline adds a fourth state to the 9-year-old series and more than 1,000 vertical feet to the ride. Many top mountain bikers have used the series as a training ground.
Timberline returns to the Old West for its annual Summer Frontier Weekend, Sept. 25–26. Gussy up in your western-style clothes to watch a live shootout on horseback, experience an authentic cow camp and a chuck wagon with barbecue ribs, and square dance to old western and mountain music by the Saddle Tramps. On Sept. 26, view the fall leaves on horseback during the Autumn Color Mountain Trail Rides. Chairlift rides and mountain biking are available both days.
The Canaan Valley Resort State Park (canaanresort.com) hosts the annual Leaf Peepers Festival Sept. 25–27. Activities include 2K and 5K runs, a food and craft fair, Oktoberfest, car show, parade, golf tournament, and plenty of fall foliage to enjoy.
As the locals say, you can “Get Tucker’d” exploring the county’s many hiking and biking trails, including several rail trails. Both Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks offer interpretive hikes on their trails. You can give your feet a rest while rafting on the Cheat, Dry Fork, and Laurel Fork rivers. Or, take to some of the quieter waters for a canoe, kayak, or float adventure.
Whatever your outdoor pleasure, there are outfitters ready to help with gear, maps, recommendations, and trips.
For more information:
Tucker Co. Tourism: canaanvalley.org