Experience Autumn in PA’s Countryside

Here in the Endless Mountains, stunning fall scenery and rustic, small-town traditions just come naturally. The forests are blazing with fiery fall colors, and the crisp, cool days are perfect for exploring hidden backroads and historic towns.

From corn mazes to fall festivals to leaf peeping, our region offers classic fall fun for the entire family. Experience harvest time at our local farms, where you can pick pumpkins and drink apple cider right from the source. For the best views, look no further than our countless trails, parks, and public lands. And if scenic drives are more your style, get off the beaten path and take a rambling road trip through the country.

Gather the family, bundle up in your coziest flannel, and check out these autumn activities in Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Wyoming counties.

 

Admire the Fall Foliage

 

Fall foliage in Sullivan County, PA.

 

This time of the year, the Endless Mountains are decked out in deep red, stunning orange, and brilliant gold. Hit the road for a leaf peeping tour around the region. Our Fall Foliage Drive Itinerary combines autumn views, historic sites, and homemade food along Route 11.

Rural Sullivan County boasts several vistas that are accessible by car—all the better for fall foliage views! The Loyalsock Canyon Vista at World’s End State Park offers sweeping views of the forest and valley. The vista is accessible via Mineral Spring Road and Cold Run Road. High Knob Overlook near Hillsgrove is another roadside stop that boasts views from over 2,000 feet above sea level.

Depending on the weather, fall foliage normally peaks in early to mid-October in the Endless Mountains. Check out DCNR’s fall foliage report for weekly updates and peak viewing times.

 

Take a Fall Hike or Bike Ride

 

High Rock Vista at World’s End State Park, Forksville, PA. Photo by Jeff Mitchell.

 

Hit the trails this autumn to see Mother Nature’s handiwork at its best. The Endless Mountains are home to hundreds of thousands of acres of parks and public lands that are just waiting to be explored.

Our state parks feature trails for every skill level. At World’s End State Park, the rugged High Rock Trail is a tough climb, but well worth the view of the canyon below. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for the challenging Falls Trail, while Laurel View Trail and Evergreen Trail offer gentler terrain and stunning views. Salt Springs State Park in Montrose is another family favorite with excellent views of the gorge. And don’t miss our newest state park, Vosburg Neck State Park in Tunkhannock. Formerly the Howland Preserve, this park boasts over eight miles of flowing single-track trails.

Fall is also an excellent time to bike the D&H Rail-Trail. This 38-mile trail meanders through rural Susquehanna County all the way to the New York border. Take a ride, and you’ll understand why it was named Pennsylvania’s Trail of the Year in 2021.

 

Go Pumpkin Picking

 

Brown Hill Farms, Tunkhannock, PA.

 

A trip to the pumpkin patch is a “must” on your fall bucket list. Search for the perfect pumpkin at local, family-run farms like Brown Hill Farms in Tunkhannock or Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch in Noxen. In addition to u-pick pumpkins, both farms offer family activities like corn mazes and hayrides.

For a fun day trip just outside the Endless Mountains, visit Roba Family Farms in North Abington Township. They offer over 30 fall-themed attractions for all ages.

 

Enjoy Local Apples & Cider

 

Jayne’s Orchard, Laceyville, PA.

 

Move over pumpkin spice—in the Endless Mountains, farm-fresh apples are the true taste of fall. Orchards like Grassy Ridge Farms in Noxen and Jayne’s Orchard in Laceyville sell local apples and fresh-pressed cider all season long.

You can even pick your own apples at Lakeland Orchard & Cidery in Scott Township. Located just a short drive from the Endless Mountains, this orchard boasts classic country fun with axe throwing, a cider garden, kids’ activities, and more.

If hard cider is more your style, take a trip down the backroads to Deep Roots in Sugar Run. Their tasting room showcases their award-winning ciders made from local apples.

 

Attend a Fall Festival

 

Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock, PA.

 

Discover the charm of the Endless Mountains at one of our fall events. Shop local at the Fall Fest Craft and Vendor Fair in Tunkhannock on October 22. Handcrafted, artisanal items make the perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

Get in the spooky spirit with Halloween events. Old Mill Village in New Milford is hosting a Witches’ Tea on October 22. For some family-friendly frights, the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock will offer free showings of Halloween movies like Coraline and Beetlejuice.

 

Plan Your Trip to the Endless Mountains

 

Loyalsock Creek near Laporte, PA. Photo by John Blough.

Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains are full of outdoor adventures and family fun, no matter what season. Request a free guide to learn more about things to do, places to stay, and sights to see!

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