the earlier october weekend should be the best. make damn sure you hike in dolly sods north too, thats a 'do not miss' hike if you are in the area. (enter from the old trailhead in canaan.. not via laneville rd.. drive up the mountain via freeland rd/forest road 80 and park at the top, follow trail as it veers left to the trailhead in about a mile) anyway, it will blow your mind up there.. take rocky ridge trail all the way to the end and make a loop. Spruce Knob is about an hour away from canaan if you want to make the trek, but its pretty sweet and the highest point in the state. Make sure to hit huckleberry trail at the top of the mountain and judy springs. (its a hell of a mountain bike ride too!)
stay at bright morning inn if you can and support the local economy if you can. awesome breakfast right there, and lunch and dinner at places right out the door. rent some bikes at the bike store too and take a ride around blackwater falls st park right down the street. if you are into mountain biking, i could go on for days about where to ride. purple fiddle and mountain state brewpub in thomas are awesome places to chill later in the evenings. I'll see you there!
dolly sods north in the fall