West Virginia’s Mercer County offers beautiful autumn views


The view from Pinnacle Rock State Park is magnificent any time of year.

BLUEFIELD, WV – Travelers looking to follow nature’s south-flowing tide of autumn color could find few better places to wash up than friendly and picturesque Mercer County, West Virginia (visitmercercounty.com).

The county lies in the rugged, mountainous coal-mining region along the state’s southeastern border with Virginia. Visitors who make the four-hour drive from central Ohio will be rewarded by hillsides covered with gorgeous autumn leaves, of course; but also soaring crags and cliffs and gurgling waterfalls that are spectacular any time of year.

Several of those waterfalls are part of the West Virginia Waterfall Trail. A free waterfall trail app (https://wvtourism.com/west-virginia-waterfall-trail/) guides visitors to the best falls around the state, including several in Mercer County such as Mash Creek Falls and Campbell Falls in Camp Creek State Park, which also offers attractive year-round campgrounds; and Brush Creek Falls, a 33-foot-high fall that offers magnificent scenery even at times of low water. 

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Brush Creek Falls is one of several beautiful waterfalls in Mercer County.

For fans of off-roading, there’s no better place to see the sights of autumn than along the Hatfield-McCoy Trails (https://trailsheaven.com/), more than 1,000 miles of twisting, history-packed and well-maintained dirt ATV trails through Mercer and adjacent counties that attract ATVers and off-road bikers from across the country. 

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