West Virginia is the third most forested state in the country and the only state completely covered by the Appalachian Mountains. Our mountainous topography creates one of the longest fall seasons on the East Coast, as colours peak at higher elevations first (in early September) and trickle down to lower elevations (spanning through early November). Fall colour in West Virginia is best enjoyed through a variety of outdoor recreation activities. From leisurely leaf peeping across charming mountain towns to river riding in America’s newest national park, there’s a fall experience to fit every need in the Mountain State. Among adventure seekers, fall is most known as Gauley Season, a time where special water releases of the Summersville Dam give way to some of the best Whitewater rafting in the world along West Virginia’s Gauley River. This annual event boasts Class IV and V rapids and attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over the globe. The Gauley River is not only the heart of adventure but is also surrounded by stunning fall foliage amidst America’s 63rd national park — the New River Gorge Park & Preserve.