BEAVER, WV (WVNS) – With the official start of fall behind us, the West Virginia Department of Tourism has released its 2021 Fall Foliage Map in hopes of attracting a few more visitors to the state .
Whether by car, RV or motorbike, people from all over will be heading to West Virginia over the next few weeks to take in all that Almost Heaven, West Virginia has to offer during the season. fall. Hoping to promote the Mountain State to travelers, the West Virginia Department of Tourism has released its fall foliage map. The new fall map follows the fall colors which now begins until the end of October.
West Virginia Tourism Cabinet Secretary Chelsea Ruby said the card was not just for tourists.
“Well, it’s twofold. This is both to attract new people to visit West Virginia for the first time, but also to get West Virginia to explore their own backyards and discover all that makes us a paradise, ” Ruby explained.
One of those gems in our own backyard is the newest national park: the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Secretary Ruby said it would be a big boost for tourism this year.
“The national park designation has truly been a great gift for West Virginia. It just puts a national spotlight on West Virginia. We’ve been a hidden destination on the East Coast for too long and it’s time to start telling this story, ”said Ruby.
And that story got all the way to North Carolina, where the Franklin and Chesson families decided to take a West Virginia roadtrip and visit Grandview.
Linda Franklin and Ben Franklin from Charlotte, NC, along with family friends Murry Chesson and Janice Chesson from Myrtle Beach added “when it was turned into a national park we started to be careful and we were looking for a drive closer to home so we wouldn’t have to fly. We started looking at states about a day’s drive away and chose West Virginia. “
And it’s not just our state parks that will benefit from West Virginia Tourism’s fall efforts. Grandview Farms Country Store employees told 59News they see more visitors entering their business this year, helping our local economy after a tough year. Some of the big hits this year have been locally grown produce and specialties that further showcase all that West Virginia has to offer.
So, no matter if you are a local or a tourist, the West Virginia Sightseeing Fall Foliage Map and accompanying website is full of ideas and destinations that can help you best plan your trip. fall road trip to WV.
If you’re looking to show off your own West Virginia fall road trip, Secretary Ruby said you can post your photos on social media with #AlmostHeaven. The West Virginia tourism map and fall tourism ideas can be found on their website.
And be sure to follow Team Stormtracker 59 as they follow our local fall foliage throughout the season at www.wvnstv.com/weather or on their Facebook page.