Fall in Central Pennsylvania is so rich with possibilities that it can be overwhelming. Everywhere you turn there are harvest festivals, outdoor education events, and new places begging to be explored at this beautiful time of year. We couldn’t possibly tell you about all that this region has to offer during this season, but here are a few highlights.
The best time for leaf-peeping in the area is around October 8-14. Check out these detailed driving, hiking, and biking routes through foliage hot spots.
Pennsylvania leads the country in the number of covered bridges. There are an impressive 213 of these historic attractions in the Commonwealth and several in Central PA. Find them all on this handy map. Fall is a fantastic time to visit these bridges, especially for photo opportunities.
King’s Gap Environmental Center outside of Carlisle offers so much to do on its 1,454 acres. Hiking trails are available for hikers at every skill level. Birding, orienteering, snowshoeing, and hunting are all possibilities as well. Fall events include bluegrass concerts, yoga on the mountain, and guided hikes.
The Appalachian Trail stretches 2,189 miles from Maine to Georgia and 46 of those miles run through the Cumberland Valley. Early fall is a great time for a day hike- here are a few different routes.
The National Apple Harvest Festival celebrates its 56th year in 2021. Held during the first two full weekends in October, the festival just outside of historic Gettysburg offers music, crafts, and delicious food. Special attractions include the Apple Auditorium and antique cars, steam engine displays, orchard tours, petting zoo, craftsman demonstrations, and appearances by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen.
Apple picking, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches can be found at orchards all across Pennsylvania. Some favorite destinations in Central PA are Paulus Orchards in Dillsburg, Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market in Loganville, Hollabaugh Brothers Fruit Farms & Market in Biglerville, and Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam.
Ever since William Penn planted a vineyard in what is now Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been a wine destination. With over 300 wineries and 14 self-guided wine trails to follow, there’s always a new spot to explore. Many wineries host harvest festivals in the autumn and regularly have events with live music and food trucks.
The most important spot to visit this fall might be your own backyard. PA Landscape Group is happy to help you get decked out for the Fall season. Decorating often includes Mums, Pansies, Corn Stalks, Pumpkins, Gourds, Indian Corn and more. Planning ahead? We hang Christmas lights, too! Give us a call today and let us take care of your fall and winter needs.