Best Spots to See Pennsylvania's Fall Foliage

Best Spots to See Pennsylvania's Fall Foliage

Best Spots to See Pennsylvania's Fall Foliage

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Pennsylvania's fall foliagePhiladelphia, PA - October is a prime time to experience Pennsylvania's fall foliage.  It's also a busy month for tourists. According to Michael Chapaloney, director of the state tourism office, hotel occupancy in October is almost equal to that of August. However, that doesn't mean the state lacks tourists during this season.

The Laurel Highlands

For those who love fall colors, the Laurel Highlands is an ideal destination for a fall foliage tour. The surrounding countryside is covered in beautiful fall foliage, and you can visit several scenic vistas and waterfalls while you are there. The Laurel Highlands is also home to 11 historic covered bridges, ten located in Somerset County and one in Westmoreland County. The Laurel Highlands is a three-county region in Southwest Pennsylvania. The region is known for its natural beauty, picturesque landscape, and historic sites. Fallingwater and House on Kentuck Knob, two of the most iconic structures of the Wright Brothers, are both located here.

French Creek State Park & Golden Eagle Trail 

The best time to see Pennsylvania's fall foliage is during the first full week of October, according to the DCNR. By that time, oaks and northern hardwoods will be at their peak. Visit the state forests of Pennsylvania along Route 44, US 220, and Tioga County for some of the best views. The Golden Eagle Trail is a great place to hike and experience waterfalls and splash dams. The park also features several scenic overlooks of the Pine Creek Gorge. If you prefer to hike or bike, French Creek State Park is a great place to enjoy the fall foliage. Its 35-mile-long multi-use trails make it easy to see the fall foliage. Hikers will love the park's scenic views, and it also has a variety of recreational activities to keep them busy.

Valley Forge National Historic Park

The Valley Forge National Historic Park is a beautiful, historic location and a prime spot to view Pennsylvania's fall foliage. The park is surrounded by beautiful meadows and woodlands and offers many trails for hiking. You can also take a walk along French Creek. The park also hosts regular nature events. If you are looking for a great scenic drive, take a 90-minute trolley tour that leaves from the visitor center. You can rent one in the lower parking lot if you'd prefer to walk or ride your bike. Those who complete the challenge will earn fun prizes. There are also junior ranger programs for children. Fall foliage in Pennsylvania is best during mid-October, especially in the northern counties. The park's social media page will let you stay updated about when the peak foliage is.

The Kinzua Sky Walk

One of the most impressive locations for fall foliage viewing is the Kinzua Sky Walk, which extends 600 feet into the gorge and was once the world's longest railroad viaduct. Visitors can stroll along the partial glass floor and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding woods. The best time to visit is between the first and last weeks of September and early October. This unique viewpoint offers breathtaking views of the Pennsylvania countryside, and visitors can enjoy various activities, such as a guided tour or an apple cider-making demonstration. In addition to the beautiful natural landscape, Kinzua Bridge State Park also features a gift shop and family-friendly picnic areas.

Jim Thorpe

In the fall, Jim Thorpe is the perfect place to see the stunning colors of the state's foliage. While the town is popular year-round, its fall foliage weekends attract large crowds from near and far. The town is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, two and a half hours from New York City and New Jersey. It is named after Olympic athlete James Francis Thorpe and was formed when the two communities of East Mauch Chunk joined. Thorpe was born in Oklahoma and became a famous Olympic athlete. This town is nestled in a mountain valley in northeast Pennsylvania and has a vibrant fall foliage display. It also has camping, boating, and wildlife-watching activities. It also has a dedicated fall foliage festival, so you can spend a weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of the fall. While in town, you can take a scenic train ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to enjoy the spectacular scenery. The ride is 45 minutes long and includes informative narration.

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