Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 22, 2013

Southern W.Va. fall colors to draw tourists

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Many of the trees in the area are still producing bright colors, as we begin to see cooler temperatures in Mercer County.

“Fall is in the air, great time to get out, walk and enjoy the scenery,” Marie Blackwell, executive director of the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.

Camp Creek, Pipestem and Pinnacle Rock, as well as the East River Mountain Overlook offer great venues for viewing the leaf changes, Blackwell said.

Curtis Helton, a logging forester for the state Division of Forestry, also suggested the Flat Top area and high elevations.

Many of the trees that are still green may be trees such as oaks that hold their leaves a lot longer than others, Helton said.

“The fall is a great opportunity to showcase what we have here in our area,” Marc Meachum, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, said.

“We have a boost in tourism every year, simply because people have intentions of coming to the mountains to see the leaves,” Meachum said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com