Rolling hills, thick forests, and winding rivers characterize the landscape of Pennsylvania. All these elements combine to form one of the most beautiful spots for fall foliage. Reds, golds, and oranges flourish each year in a picturesque portrait of fall color in Pennsylvania.
Much of the best foliage can be found in southeastern Pennsylvania. Many spots, especially around Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Harrisburg, is known to have some of the best fall color in the country. To help you explore more, this list features 10 of the best spots for fall color in Pennsylvania. All are within reach of Lake in Wood RV Resort, so let’s get ready to take a trip to Pennsylvania for a fall color tour.
10 Spots for Fall Foliage in Pennsylvania
1. Susquehannock State Park
With old forests and panoramic views of the Susquehanna River, Susquehannock State Park is a clear candidate for fall color in Pennsylvania. Several hiking trails will guide you through dazzling woods of color. After a brisk walk, stop and enjoy a picnic amidst the colorful hues.
2. Lancaster County Central Park
Nestled just a little ways south of downtown Lancaster City, Lancaster County Central Park is an outstanding outdoor space. In the park’s 544 acres, you’ll find numerous gardens, hiking and biking trails, a skate park, a nature center, and more. Grab a coffee downtown, head to the park, and stroll through the woods as you sip.
3. Lancaster Covered Bridge Tour
Looking for more to do in Lancaster? Try a tour of the area’s famous covered bridges! Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, covered bridges are in abundance. In autumn, they become even more special as they’re surrounded by the stunning fall color in Pennsylvania.
Discover Lancaster has put together five covered bridge driving tours. Check out the guides and embark on a fall foliage tour through Amish country.
4. Capital Area Greenbelt
Harrisburg may be known for politics, but it also has wonderful outdoor attractions. One of those is the Capital Area Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a 20-mile bicycle loop through Harrisburg’s parks and green spaces. You’ll spot great fall foliage throughout, especially in downtown Harrisburg and Reservoir Park.
Do note that while most of the Greenbelt runs on dedicated paths, some small portions share the road. Be sure to wear a helmet and practice bicycle safety while riding.
5. Wissahickon Valley Park
We’ve reached the Philadelphia section of the list. Some of the best fall color in Pennsylvania can be found right in the City of Brotherly Love. Indeed, Wissahickon Valley Park should be high on your list of places to visit in any season.
At Wissahickon Valley Park, you’ll find more than 1,800 acres of splendid forest. The Wissahickon Creek winds throughout the park and is accompanied by Forbidden Drive, a car-free road that’s perfect for cycling. There are also numerous hiking trails that provide opportunities for leaf peeping.
6. Schuylkill River Trail
For urban fall color, hit the Schulykill River Trail in Philly. This multi-use paved trail follows the Schuylkill River from the suburbs into the city. In fact, it connects all the way to the bike trails at Wissahickon Valley Park. You’ll get beautiful views of the water, fall foliage, and city skyline on this ride.
7. Benjamin Franklin Parkway
By far the most famous street in Philadelphia is Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This gorgeous boulevard is lined with hundreds of trees and connects famous Fairmount Park with Center City. While perfect for a scenic drive, Benjamin Franklin Parkway is also lined with walking paths and bike lanes, making it easy to explore in multiple ways.
8. Lehigh Gorge State Park
With rapids, waterfalls, and rocky cliffs, Lehigh Gorge State Park is an adventurer’s dream. The deep gorge is filled with old growth forests and turns fiery orange in fall.
There are several ways to explore the state park. The Lehigh Gorge Trail runs for 20 miles and follows a former rail line through the gorge. But if you’re looking for a little different way to explore, try whitewater boating on the river. It’s a spectacular experience.
9. Little Buffalo State Park
Some of the best fall foliage in Pennsylvania can be found at Little Buffalo State Park. This historic preserve is north of Harrisburg and features covered bridges, an old gristmill, and more. Many miles of trails run through the forest and along Holman Lake for hiking. There is also a boat launch for heading out on the water.
10. Valley Forge National Historical Park
Rounding out our list of places for fall color in Pennsylvania is Valley Forge National Historical Park. Situated just outside of Philadelphia, Valley Forge is the spot where George Washington’s army camped for the winter. Flash forward to the present and it’s filled with monuments, meadows, and woodlands. Come for a visit and learn a little history while taking in the sights.
Take a Fall Trip to Lake in Wood RV Resort
Deep in the Pennsylvania forest is Lake in Wood RV Resort. Fall colors reflect on the centrally located lake as guests pedal boat across the calm waters. Near the water’s edge sit yurts and other unique vacation rentals where you can embrace the whimsy this resort exudes with a gorgeous views of the lake. The experience at Lake in Wood is truly magical and you can enjoy it for yourself.
During your stay, expect nothing but a fantastic experience. A wide range of amenities is available, including the following:
- Miniature golf course
- Fishing and rowboat rentals ($)
- Gnome Café and Trading Post ($)
- Game room and recreation hall
- Basketball, shuffleboard, and volleyball
- Two playgrounds
- And much more!
Along with the amenities, Lake in Wood has many great ways to stay. RV camping is always an option, but why not try something different? Guests come back year after year for the unique vacation rentals, which includes favorites like the treehouse, covered wagon, tipi, and more, plus a great selection of cabins. Take a stay for yourself and enjoy the ease of a furnished vacation rental during your next stay.
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