By Emily D. Coppola
PRINCETON — Now that Princeton, arguably the heart of four seasons country, is officially in the fall season, the surrounding foliage is transforming into the expected Autumn hues.
With area vegetation transitioning from green to red, orange, and more, residents and tourists have the perfect opportunity to enjoy nature’s beauty in Princeton. With a plethora of locations for viewing, Princeton is an excellent location for what’s commonly called leaf-peeping.
Leaf-peeping, or visiting and photographing autumn foliage area, is a common activity in the area. With an abundance of natural beauty, West Virginia sees many tourists each year to appreciate the foliage.
“Often many visitors do not get to experience all four seasons, especially a fall in the mountains,” Jamie Null, Executive Director of the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCVB), said, “As the weather turns cooler, its a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the mountains.”
In and near Princeton optimal sights for leaf-peeping includes Camp Creek State Park, Pinnacle Rock State Park, and Glenwood Park. Here guests have the chance to view West Virginia’s grandeur and enjoy the rich beauty.
According to Null, higher elevations offer guests the opportunity of viewing the vegetation from a bird’s eye’s view. Pinnacle Rock State Park, is the perfect location for viewing the landscape from a different perspective. From hundreds of feet up, leaf-peepers can find the sought after beautiful sights, here.
“While Camp Creek State Park doesn’t have an overlook such as Pinnacle Rock, it offers forest hiking trails, where visitors can be immersed in color on all sides,” Null said.
During evening hours, the aforementioned parks are the perfect locations for families to enjoy a picnic and time together. It also offers the perfect opportunity for families and friends to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and get active.
Just as our ancestors anticipated the changing of seasons for harvesting, so do we anticipate the change, though for different reasons. While many residents aren’t harvesting their crops, they are still enjoying the outdoors in the form of harvest festivals, hayrides, corn mazes, and more. These activities can be found in abundance in Southern West Virginia.
According to Null, Mercer County offers many opportunities to get residents into the fall mood. From Stumpkin Pumpkins, the county’s pumpkin patch, located on Oakvale Road, local coffeehouses, and more, Null is looking for an increase in tourism and resident activity.
“Fall looks more vibrant, it smells crisp and it feels cool, especially after a hot summer,” Null said, “It has been warm in Southern W. Va., but hopefully, October will bring us cooler temps and rain.”
As the season changes and life in the Mountain State shifts from summer nights to autumn evenings, now is the ideal time to enjoy the beginning of fall.
“It’s really the best time to start exploring some of Mercer County’s outdoor recreation spots. Fall is an experience,” Null said.
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