Greenbrier County, West Virginia 2009 Fall Foliage Travel and Tourism Info

Thanks to Rachael Stebbins of Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing this most helpful information.

Foliage.org: What are the projected dates for Greenbrier County, WV peak foliage season?

Early to Mid October

Foliage.org: Are there areas, vistas, scenic lookouts or other destinations within Greenbrier County that are known for their uniquely beautiful autumn foliage displays?

Kate’s Mountain, Blue Bend, Lake Sherwood, Greenbrier State Forest

Foliage.org: What are the local and regional roads or highways that are favorite scenic routes for Fall tourists?

Historic Midland Trail from Rainelle to White Sulphur Springs, Route 219 North, Route 92 North

Foliage.org: What festivals or other public events are taking place during the 2009 Fall foliage season?

Event Name: First Fridays After Five

Description: Historic Downtown Lewisburg continues its monthly tradition of First Fridays After Five from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, October 2. Join the downtown shops and businesses for an evening jam-packed with live music, artist receptions, special events and refreshments.
Start Date: October 2
End Date: October 2
Location: Historic Downtown Lewisburg
City: Lewisburg, WV
Admission Charge: Free
Phone: 1-800-833-2068
Website: www.downtownlewisburg.com

Event Name: Giant Fall Flea Market

Description: The Giant Fall Flea Market features antiques and collectibles as well as flea market merchandise.
Start Date: October 2
End Date: October 4
Location: State Fair of West Virginia
City: Lewisburg, WV
Admission Charge: Free
Phone: 304-645-1090
Website: www.statefairofwv.com

Event Name: Fifth Annual Freshwater Folk Festival

Description:  The Fifth Annual Freshwater Folk Festival features presentations and exhibits by expert biologists, educational children’s activities, arts & crafts vendors and live musical performances.
Start Date: October 3
End Date: October 3
Location: White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery
City: White Sulphur Springs, WV
Admission Charge: Free
Phone: 304-536-1361
Website: www.fws.gov/northeast/wssnfh

Event Name: 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair

Description: The Lewisburg Business & Professional Women’s Club presents the 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair featuring nearly 100 arts and crafts exhibitors. The area’s largest arts and crafts event includes prize drawings, food, free admission and parking.
Start Date: October 9
End Date: October 11
Location: State Fair of West Virginia
City: Lewisburg, WV
Admission Charge: Free
Phone: 304-667-9111
Website: www.bpwlewisburgwv.org

Event Name: Taste Of Our Town (TOOT) Food Festival

Description: For the 25th year, residents and visitors from across the region will gather on the historic streets of downtown Lewisburg to sample delicacies from local restaurants, civic clubs and organizations. The event features live entertainment as well as activities for children.
Start Date: October 10
End Date: October 10
Location: Historic Downtown Lewisburg
City: Lewisburg, WV
Admission Charge: Charge at food vendors’ booths. Free entertainment and activities.
Phone: 304-645-7917
Website: www.carnegiehallwv.com

Event Name: First Fridays After Five

Description: Historic Downtown Lewisburg continues its monthly tradition of First Fridays After Five from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, November 6. Join the downtown shops and businesses for an evening jam-packed with live music, artist receptions, special events and refreshments.
Start Date: November 6
End Date: November 6
Location: Historic Downtown Lewisburg
City: Lewisburg, WV
Admission Charge: Free
Phone: 1-800-833-2068
Website: www.downtownlewisburg.com

Foliage.org: Are there historic or cultural sites that are popular destinations for Fall foliage travelers? What are they?

Downtown Lewisburg comes alive with fall colors during the foliage season. Visitors can take part in a self-guided Historic Walking Tour (brochures available around town or at the Visitors Center), or simply meander the streets while taking in the bursting colors around landmarks like Carnegie Hall and Old Stone Presbyterian Church.

Foliage.org: What are some other popular tourist attractions for autumn travelers to Greenbrier County? What are some of the less well known, but much loved local attractions?

Greenbrier County offers a host of attractions to visitors. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Greenbrier River Trail, a 78-mile trail running along the Greenbrier River from Caldwell to Cass. Originally part of the C&O rail systems, this trail provides access for fishing, canoeing, biking and hiking. Other favorite attractions include Carnegie Hall and the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. Both provide venues for performing artists with a stellar schedule of events. Visitors may also enjoy a visit to Watts Roost Vineyard, a winery that’s nestled at the foot of Muddy Creek Mountain. French hybrid grapes thrive and award-winning wine is created onsite. Tastings and tours are available. Finally, kids might enjoy a visit to the National Fish Hatchery in White Sulphur Springs. Producing 10 million trout eggs annually and restoring freshwater mussels, the Hatchery is open for guided and self-guided tours.

Foliage.org: Are there favorite destinations for history, literature, architecture buffs, or antique collectors? What are they?

Greenbrier County is brimming with Civil War attractions that include the Confederate Cemetery, Confederate Monument, The Historic General Lewis Inn, John Wesley United Methodist Church, Old Stone Presbyterian Church and Lewisburg Cemetery, North House Museum and Organ Cave.
Antique collectors will also be pleased to find 10 antique stores that offer a variety of antiques including vintage apparel, oriental rugs, period furniture, glassware and more.

Foliage.org: What are some favorite destinations or activities of families traveling during the Fall travel season?

Families can explore the Greenbrier State Forest and Greenbrier River Trail during the fall season. Both provide terrific locations for hiking, camping and exploring. Or, for families who prefer some time indoors, take the children to one of two cave systems in the county: Lost World Caverns or Organ Cave.

Foliage.org: What are some helpful resources for discovering local inns, bed and breakfasts, lodges, boutique hotels, and other local lodging and dining?

The Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the best resource for finding county information for lodging, shopping, dining and exploration. Visit www.greenbrierwv.com

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