The change of seasons is especially beautiful in Pennsylvania with its vast parks, scenic mountains, and clear lakes. The best time to see Mother Nature's spectacle in Pennsylvania is mid-October. Oak forests dominate two-thirds of the state. Oak, scarlet oak, and black oak are the most common trees to exhibit fall yellows and reds. Sugar maple adds orange tones, while red maple adds some scarlet notes.
Allegheny National Forest
The leaves start to turn here at the end of September, and the forest turns into a sea of gold in mid-October. You will see a lot of yellow tones with orange and red accents. Take a walk on National Longhouse Scenic Byway to enjoy the whole picture. For a slower experience, hike to Bridal Falls, Hector Falls, or Logan Falls for a postcard-worthy photo. Stop by Kinzua Reservoir to see a panoramic view and take some reflection shots.
The Pocono Mountains look most magnificent in the fall months. The best time for leaf peepers in Big Pocono State Park comes in mid-October. The most scenic spots include Wallenpaupack Lake and Bushkill Falls. Hike to Mount Camelback or visit Hawk Falls in Hickory Run National Park to witness the stunning fall beauty of the area. Also discover the scenic Delaware Water Gap, renowned for its fabulous displays of fall foliage.
Ohio Pyle State Park
Ohio Pyle State Park is a beautiful fall foliage destination on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. Ohio Pyle State Park peaks in displaying fall colors in early October. The Grand Passage Allegheny is the park's most famous hiking area. With approximately 240 miles of trails stretching to Cumberland, Maryland, Ohio Pyle State Park is a leaf peeper's dream destination. Plus, don't miss the annual fall to mid-October walk and run along the Youghiogheny River.
Pine Creek Gorge or Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
The Pine Creek Gorge offers beautiful trails, scenic waterfalls, and 360-degree panoramic views that are at their best in early October. Some of the best views are available at Leonard Harrison National Park, Colton Point National Park, and Tioga State Forest. Hike the Pine Creek Rail Trail or ride along the western rim of the canyon to enjoy the colorful spectacle of fall in the gorge.
The historic Gettysburg isn't just one of Pennsylvania's most famous destinations. It is also one of the most beautiful sites because of its amazing fall foliage.
Pennsylvania is famous for its nature, and during the last two weeks of October, the entire state becomes image-perfect. Take Route 6 which runs 400 mi (643 km) through the northern part of the state passing the famous Pine Creek Gorge or the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. Stop near the Marie Antoinette Overlook facing the Susquehanna River. Watch the amazing colors on the hillsides along the Delaware River and stop by Ringing Rocks County Park to see amazing Pennsylvania nature up close.