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

By: Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Tourism, Marketing and Film

September 22, 2016

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 plenty of ways to take in the beauty of fall foliage across Pennsylvania.

By Water:

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.


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.

Relax and view vibrant colors of foliage while observing wildlife as you cruise along on the Princess or Proud Mary at Raystown Lake.


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:

Soar above the skies as you survey changing leaves from above on hot air balloon rides 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:

Green Lake Park includes three bodies of water that stretch across more than 870 acres. Explore the 26 miles of hiking trails that offer vantage points of fall foliage and wildlife, or bring a blanket for a picnic.

Enjoy fiery foliage at one or all of Cumberland Valley’s three parks. Head to Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch for a glimpse of the leaves and birds.


Get out and explore stunning views along some of Lehigh Valley’s unbeatable trails. The D&L 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.

Hike Buttermilk Falls in Indiana County, under a fall canopy of reds, oranges and yellows to enjoy the 48-acre natural area nestled within the breathtaking Laurel Ridge.

By Car:

The three counties of the Endless Mountains 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 Pick your autumn-charmed destination, and we’ve got the trip details ready for you.

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