When's it going to look like fall in West Virginia? It depends on where you live.

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers
Autumn Glade Creek Mill, Babcock State Park West Virginia in full spectacular peak autumn colors

The Mountain State will start forming seas of reds, oranges and yellows as soon as late September, according to West Virginia Tourism. Here's what you need to know to experience optimal foliage views. 

With nearly 80% of West Virginia covered in forests, there are several keys that determine peak foliage colors. Factors like temperature, rainfall, soil condition and elevation play a role. They determine when the season begins and when the colors will reach their peak. 

When will the autumnal colors peak?

West Virginia Tourism has already released its peak fall predictions. Jackson County is expected to see its peak in late October, along with southern and western parts of the state. Central and northern parts of West Virginia are expected to see a peak in mid-October. 

Finding the best views 

West Virginia has 35 state parks and nine state forests — there are plenty of places to catch pending fall hues. Most of the parks close for the winter. For a list of closing dates visit https://wvstateparks.com/parks/

Some of the closest spots to Jackson County include Blennerhassett Island in Parkersburg and Kanawha State Forest just south of Charleston. 

The tourism department has dozens of fall activities listed on its website from white water rafting to hiking. To find more fall adventure inspiration, visit https://wvtourism.com/seasons/fall/

More fall foliage updates can be viewed on the West Virginia Tourism website, or by signing up for email updates at https://wvtourism.com/seasons/fall/newsletter/

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.