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Springtime Activities in West Virginia

Portrait of Jessica Stidham

Mother and daughter hiking on a spring day; tall trees abound

Spring is a magical time in WV. It’s when trilliums, berry blossoms, ramps, morels, and rhododendron blooms appear. As the mountains and valleys shed their winter snow, trees and flowers go into bud and bloom, each passing day revealing more splendor. With seasons and clocks changing, it can be challenging to maintain balance. Fortunately, living in our four-season state means there is no shortage of events and destinations to enjoy. Let’s explore some upcoming activities to help you keep your equilibrium! 

find forest treasures

Shake off your cabin fever and get into the woods to discover Spring’s treasures. Dozens of species of WV wildflowers emerge throughout the season. Not sure what you’re looking for? The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has produced this handy guide to help you cross sightings off your list, and we have some great options to start your quest.  

Dolly Sods Wilderness 

The Big Oaks Trail in Dolly Sods Wilderness starts showing off wildflowers in late Spring. Hikers can expect to see wild bleeding heart, tiger lilies, and fireweed, among others. Dolly Sods is noted for its bogs and heaths, which make up an ecosystem usually only seen in Canada. With elevations ranging from 2, 500 to over 4, 700 feet, cold temperatures can happen year-round, so be sure to check the forecast as you plan your hike.  

Hawks Nest State Par

Located adjacent to the New River Gorge, Hawks Nest State Park offers a variety of ways to explore springtime in WV. Take a tour of the nature museum, or ride on the park’s jetboat to experience the splendor of the New River up close. Itching to hit the trails? Scenic overlooks of the New River, dotted by WV wildflowers, are waiting for you at Hawk’s Nest! 

festy vibes 

Ready to get together and celebrate Spring? We have a few ideas for you there, too! Shake off your cabin fever and check out these fun events.  

WV Strawberry Festival 

This legendary festival has built a loyal following since its start in 1936 because it’s both fun AND delicious! Taking place from May 11-19, 2024, in Buckhannon, this year’s WV Strawberry Festival has a Mardi Gras theme. Activities include a horse and carriage parade, kids’ activities, and arts & crafts shows. Scores of food vendors will be on hand to serve you strawberries in many ways, so be sure to get a taste! 

Ramps & Rail Festival 

Ready to try WV’s legendary plant, the ramp? The Ramps & Rail Festival in Elkins, WV takes place April 27, 2024, from 10am-4pm. Food vendors will have ramperoni rolls, ramp burgers, and many other forms of this notable foraged delicacy to sink your teeth into. Where do the rails come in? Jump on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad to enjoy one of the first train rides of the season.  

Heritage Farm Spring Festival 

Located on the outskirts of Huntington, WV, Heritage Farm’s Spring Festival is ready to take you back in time. Taking place on May 4th from 10am-3pm, this festival is a unique opportunity to experience Spring as our Appalachian ancestors once did. With over 15 log structures, multiple award-winning museums and interactive historical exhibits, there is no shortage of activities to enjoy.  

one-of-a-kind adventures await

Your lodgings can be just as unique as the landscape itself in WV. Outside of the beloved classic cabin in the woods, be sure to check out a few of these unique finds for an unforgettable stay! 

Camp Potomac Pea

Stargazers, rejoice! Located minutes from beautiful Berkeley Springs, Camp Potomac Peak offers camping domes so you can see the best of the night sky while staying cozy. If domes aren’t your thing, they also offer cabins and an ample lodge.   

Thorny Mountain Fire Tower 

Want a bird’s eye view of the mountains shifting into Spring? Offering 360-degree views of the rugged Pocahontas County landscape, as well as open views of the night sky, Thorny Mountain Fire Tower accommodates up to four people. At 65 feet high, the tower made National Geographic’s list of unique outdoor places to stay for good reason.   


 In addition to these activities, there are countless more you can explore at WV Tourism-Spring. And, if you’re a recent WVU or MU graduate ready to grow and bloom in one of our featured locations, feel free to get in touch with First Ascent to check out our coworking spaces and see what we have to offer!