Pennsylvania September 06, 2020
13 Of The Most Beautiful Fall Destinations In Pennsylvania
We can probably all agree that Pennsylvania is simply beautiful all year round. However, when fall rolls around, the burst of color added to the landscape makes it extra special. No matter where we go, we can drink in the breathtaking fall foliage. For some of the best fall foliage, plan a visit to these 13 fall destinations in Pennsylvania.
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1. Pine Creek Gorge – Watson Township
The Grand Canyon of PA is certainly worth a visit during the autumn. You can see the foliage from Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Point State Park, both of which feature multiple hiking trails and viewing areas.
2. Kinzua Bridge Skywalk – Mt. Jewett
If you've not been to Kinzua Bridge Skywalk yet, you'll definitely want to visit during the autumn. Walk along the 600-foot bridge for sensational views of the fall colors.
3. Ricketts Glen State Park – Benton
Can you think of a better pairing than the rustic colors of fall and waterfalls? Set off along Falls Trail, which spans almost eight miles and boasts 21 waterfalls, many flanked in the colors of autumn.
4. Presque Isle State Park – Erie
Pennsylvanians may flock to Presque Isle State Park's beaches in the summer, but the state park is just as gorgeous, if not more so, drenched in shades of red, orange, and yellow. Explore one of the hiking trails, or visit the lighthouse while you're there.
Gettysburg's charming downtown and Gettysburg National Military Park are just two spots for leaf-peeping in the fall. Since Gettysburg is also known as one of the most haunted towns in the United States, you might also want to go on a ghost tour or visit one of the spots known for the paranormal. (Devil's Den in the military park is one of those places.)
6. Jim Thorpe
Known as the "Switzerland of Pennsylvania," Jim Thorpe oozes charm. It's also stunningly gorgeous in the fall. For the best fall views, hop on one of the scenic train rides with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.
7. Ohiopyle State Park – Ohiopyle
Stretching more than 20,000 acres in Western Pennsylvania, Ohiopyle State Park is home to several waterfalls - Ohiopyle Falls, Cucumber Falls, and Johnathan Run Falls - and a series of hiking trails. It's also the perfect spot for a day of leaf-peeping.
8. Delaware Gap National Recreation Area – Bushkill
No matter what you do at the Delaware Gap National Recreation Area, you're sure to be surrounded by the rich colors of the season. The area is popular with hikers, kayakers, and boaters. It's also perfect for a fall picnic.
9. Worlds End State Park – Forksville
Embark on one of the more than 20 miles of trails at Worlds End State Park, for jaw-dropping views of the fall foliage. Most of the trails are challenging, so make sure you're up for the physical demands before setting off.
10. Cook Forest State Park – Cooksburg
Whether you want to go for a leisurely drive or a scenic hike, you can't go wrong when you visit Cook Forest State Park. You can even rent a cabin by the Clarion River for some of the best views in the area.
11. Salt Springs State Park – Montrose
Bring along a picnic for your visit to Salt Springs State Park, a cozy spot that spans just over 400 acres. Don't forget your hiking shoes, so you can check out some of the nearly 15 miles of hiking trails.
12. Frick Park – Pittsburgh
Tucked just a few minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, Frick Park is simply breathtaking painted in the colors of fall. Have a relaxing picnic, or follow one of the hiking trails to enjoy the scenery.
13. Bowman's Hill Tower – New Hope
Towering 125 feet about Washington Crossing Historic Park, Bowman's Hill Tower offers sensational views of the fall landscape. You can see up to 14 miles, in fact, from the top on a clear day, making it an ideal fall destination.
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