NEPA turns into a leaf-peeping paradise every fall! Check out these 10 local places to catch the autumn leaves as they hit their peak.
1. D&L Trail – Black Diamond Trailhead
Wright Twp., PA
The Black Diamond Trailhead accesses a nine-mile section of rail trail from Wright Township to White Haven. It is part of the longer, 165-mile D&H Trail, which travels all the way to the Bristol, Pennsylvania. Go hiking or biking for the best views.
2. Merli-Sarnoski Park
Fell Twp., PA
Merli-Sarnoski Park features 840 acres for hiking, biking and picnicking. Explore 15 miles of wooded trails. The lake is also stocked for fishing.
3. Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Jim Thorpe, PA
Mauch Chunk Lake Park is a hotspot during the famous Pocono foliage season. The park features a 345-acre lake nestled in the mountains. Hiking and biking trails provide the best views.
4. Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails
Hazle Twp., PA
The Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails is an out-and-back rail trail for hiking and biking. The trail offers lush, colorful forest views. It’s even dog-friendly and easy enough for families.
5. Trolley Trail – Keystone College to Factoryville
La Plume, PA
This segment of the Trolley Trail stretches 1.7 miles along the historic Northern Electric Trolley line. A smooth surface and gentle grade make it an easy, family-friendly trail. It’s especially suited for walking and biking.
6. Woodbourne Forest Preserve
The Woodbourne Forest Preserve protects one of Pennsylvania’s few remaining old-growth forests. Explore the preserve with their four hiking trails. A scenic overlook provides prime views of the wetlands.
7. South Abington Recreation Park
South Abington Twp., PA
A walking path leads through the trees at this beautiful community park. Take a stroll over the two covered bridges or relax by the playground and basketball courts.
9. Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Pine Grove, PA
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park offers seven walking trails that a perfect for “leaf peeping.” The Waterfall Trail boasts great views of the forest and stream. You can also relax beside the pristine lake.
10. The Lands at Hillside Farms
Hillside Farms is an educational, nonprofit dairy farm in the Back Mountain. The farm spans 412 acres of historic land. Explore the grounds, meet the animals and stop in the dairy store for local treats.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 10/11/2021