Discover Pennsylvania’s Fall Foliage by Water, Air, Car, or Foot

Crisp crimsons, burnt oranges, and vibrant yellows saturate Pennsylvania’s lush landscapes in the fall. Whether you’re venturing by water, air, or foot, there are many ways to pursue your happiness and take in the seasonal colors!

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BY WATER:

1. Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey

Palmyra

fall foliage behind rail bridge on susquehanna river
Rockville Bridge | Susquehanna River

Minutes from Hersheypark, Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey offers access to the pristine, tree-lined Swatara Creek, boasting 60 miles of gentle waters running from Pine Grove to the Susquehanna River in Middletown. Kayak along the remains of the historic Union Canal for an exclusive fall experience.

2. Barbara J. Sternwheeler Cruise

Conneaut Lake

Enjoy the majestic fall foliage around Conneaut Lake as you take a ride on the Barbara J. Sternwheeler. Learn about the rich history of Pennsylvania's largest natural glacier lake and enjoy a day out with family or fun afternoon with friends.

3. Proud Mary Boat Cruise

Hesston

pantoon boat raystown lake
Raystown Lake | Credit: AELandesPhotography

Relax and view vibrant colors of foliage while observing wildlife as you cruise along on a scenic boat tour aboard the Princess or Proud Mary showboats at Raystown Lake. Along with the lake, you’ll find many spots to unwind. Bring your boots, kayak, mountain bike, or fishing pole to really get the most out of your time in Raystown!

4. Nautical Nature Pontoon Cruises

Portersville

Cruise along on the Nautical Nature Pontoon Cruises operated by the Moraine Preservation Fund. This 45-passenger, enclosed pontoon boat offers interpretive boat tours on Lake Arthur while you get a glimpse at the wildlife and picturesque fall foliage landscape.

BY AIR:

5. Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hershey

Soar above the skies as you survey changing leaves on a Hot Air Balloon Ride by the United States Hot Air Balloon Team. The balloon ride takes you above scenic Lancaster County, where you can view the vibrant patchwork colors of PA Dutch Country’s agricultural landscape.

BY FOOT:

6. Green Lane Park

Green Lane

Green Lane Park includes three bodies of water that stretch across more than 870 acres. Explore the 25 miles of hiking trails that offer vantage points of fall foliage and wildlife or bring a blanket for a picnic.

7. Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch

Carlisle

fall foliage birds eye view
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch | credit: @astupidname via IG

Enjoy fiery foliage at one or all of Cumberland Valley’s three parks. Wander through Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch for a glimpse of birds gliding over a landscape painted in late autumn reds, yellows, and oranges.

8. D&L National Heritage Trail

Bristol

Get out and explore stunning views along some of Lehigh Valley’s unbeatable trails. The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Trail passes through the region, offering scenic views along the waterfront. Take a drive along the covered bridge tour for a relaxing way to admire the foliage. The drive spans approximately 50 miles and showcases no less than seven bridges.

9. Buttermilk Falls

New Florence

Hike Buttermilk Falls under a fall canopy of reds, oranges, and yellows to enjoy the 48-acre natural area nestled within the breathtaking Laurel Ridge. As a natural area, the site has been set aside to protect its unique plant and animal communities and its outstanding examples of natural beauty.

BY CAR:

10. Leaf Peeper Road Trips

The Endless Mountains of northeastern PA offer panoramic vistas highlighting fall’s brilliant and bountiful colors! Elk Mountain, the highest altitude ski resort in the state, the agricultural farmlands along the Susquehanna River near Tunkhannock, and forests viewed from High Knob Overlook in Worlds End State Park are just some of the scenic stops you will discover on one of the Leaf Peeper Road Trips listed on visitpa.com. Pick your autumn-charmed destination, and we’ve got the trip details ready for you.

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