The burnt oranges, golden yellows and rich reds; shades of color that present themselves in endless variations, pleasing your eye and simultaneously putting thoughts of crisp air, warm sweaters and hot cocoa in your mind.
Did you know Pennsylvania’s great variety of deciduous trees, shrubs and vines treat residents and visitors alike to longer and more varied fall foliage displays than anywhere else in the entire world? It’s true! Pennsylvania just happens to be at the ideal longitude and latitude and have the perfect range of varied topographies to offer a blaze of autumn color everywhere you turn. Whether you prefer to walk, bike or ride through it, dust off your camera and go check out Mother Nature’s brilliant autumn color palette in the leaves of Pennsylvania’s fall foliage.
Pine Creek Gorge – often called the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania – offers the ultimate in fall leaf-peeping experiences. While it’s “grand” any time of year, September and October are an especially magical time to visit. Whether you peek down from one of several viewing points or hike to the bottom you’ll be surrounded in vibrant foliage as far as your eye can see. We know you’ll want to stay for more than just a day, so Leonard Harrison State Park on the east rim and Colton Point State Park on the west rim in Tioga County offer camping facilities for those who just can’t get enough of all those beautiful leaves.
It just might take you a full day to travel along the 36-mile loop Longhouse National Scenic Byway as it winds its way through the Allegheny National Forest, passing by some pretty impressive rock outcroppings and the Allegheny Reservoir shoreline. There are several developed overlooks to stop and stretch your legs, all of which give you a bird’s eye view of a spectacular array of colorful foliage. You won’t want to miss the Kinzua Sky Walk in McKean County, which towers more than 300 feet above the forest floor. You’ll feel like you’re walking on air as you peer down at the forest below through the glass platform at the end of the 600-foot walkway.
Want to add more than a little adventure to your fall foliage experience? How about flying through and above the trees in a biplane, helicopter or hot air balloon, on a zip line or, if you dare, by sky diving?! Schedule a ride on a vintage, open cockpit biplane that will take you over Allegheny National Forest or hop on a R44 Raven II helicopter at Pine Bottom Aviation in Happy Valley to see the leaves of Raystown. Zip through a forest of fall colors on a zip line at Kittatinny Canoes in the Pocono Mountains or on the Screaming Hawk Zipline Course in the Laurel Highlands. For the ultimate fall thrill ride, sky dive at Sky Dive Happy Valley at Reedville's Mifflin County Airport.
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