W.Va. state parks preparing for leaf peepers

Associated Press Published: October 2, 2012
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia state parks are getting ready for visitors who flock to the heavily forested areas to enjoy the fall colors.

State Parks Programming Coordinator Sissie Summers says several parks are offering discounts for overnight stays in cabins, lodges and campgrounds. Packages and special rates are posted on www.wvstateparks.com as available.

Because of the state's variety of elevations, leaf peepers are advised that colors will peak at different times and they should check with individual parks about the best time to enjoying the fall foliage.

Babcock State Park Superintendent Kevin Cochran says the leaves change early there because of the high elevation. He says a lot of people come to Babcock early, then head down to the Kanawha Valley later to enjoy the colors there.