Enjoy a Colorful, Late Autumn Stroll on NEPA’s Picturesque Hiking Trails
Capture unforgettable foliage, crystal clear waterfalls and foraging wildlife at every turn.
Fall is NEPA’s finest hour. The air is cool and crisp. Everywhere you go, the surrounding hills and mountains glow with autumn electricity. Vibrant yellow, red and orange bleed into the green landscape. And, as the season matures, our state and local parks take a turn toward colorful galleries housing nature’s finest works.
Throughout the fall, NEPA’s trails rarely miss an opportunity to remind exactly why we love it here. Nervous robins plump their feathers and fret over seeds along the forest floor. Squirrels and chipmunks delicately crunch and kick through fallen leaves. The low sun angles its way through the scrub, steaming dew off the remaining orange pinwheels.
Few things compare to a Sunday lost on a long walk in the woods. Bills to pay, schedules to make and shopping lists fade into forgotten tailings – their economy soon sacrificed to a welcome mindlessness. All of the normal noise that sticks to us washes clean in a river of language – one well known, yet spoken only in this singular place – on a quiet trail.
Rediscover home this fall on NEPA’s scenic hiking trails. And don’t forget to snap those pics and share your journey with DiscoverNEPA.
Scenic Fall Hikes in NEPA
South Abington Twp., PA
This South Abington Twp. Park boasts 100 peaceful acres. Explore several easy walking trails, lighted pavilions, picnic tables and a beautiful, tree-lined lake.
Bear Creek Preserve
Bear Creek, PA
Take your pick from a wide variety of pristine trails at this popular preserve just 15 miles outside Wilkes-Barre. Choose from quick, mile-long strolls or longer, more challenging hikes.
Greenfield Twp., PA
Trek along this tranquil mountain park’s clear, 35-acre lake in Greenfield Twp. The park also offers sports fields, basketball courts, pavilions and picnic tables.
Play a round of disc golf, or enjoy a long, quiet walk on the paved levee trail at this convenient Kingston park. Stroll along the Susquehanna River and keep your eye out for the abundant wildlife.
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Pine Grove, PA
This 183-acre county park in Pine Grove offers miles of scenic hiking trails, lake access and an 18-hole disc golf course. The park also boasts a playground and picnic area.
Locust Lake State Park
Take a long walk in the woods at this recreational gem in Barnesville. The park features several trails of varying length and difficulty, and includes a paved bike trail that encircles the lake.
Little Rocky Glen Preserve
Explore all 26 gorgeous acres of this favorite autumn destination between Tunkhannock and Factoryville. Enjoy short hiking trails along the rugged Tunkhannock Creek Gorge and look out for waterfalls and natural potholes.
Nescopeck State Park
This popular state park in Drums offers easy, level hiking trails. Walk along the cool, clear Nescopeck creek, or enjoy a long hike around the beautiful Lake Francis.
Promised Land State Park
Take your time exploring 50 miles of hiking trails at this massive state park in Greentown. Keep your eye on the sky and see if you can spot the park’s famous pair of bald eagles.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Bring your camera for some incredible waterfall photos at this popular park in Benton. An assortment of trails offers a wide variety of terrain and scenery from a lake and waterfalls to thick forests.
Salt Springs State Park
Experience the peaceful beauty of NEPA’s Endless Mountains at this state park in Montrose. Over 12 miles of trails pass through Hemlock forests, along mountain streams, and open meadows.
Top of the World Dunmore
Lace up for this moderately difficult, 4.2-mile loop trail and enjoy one of NEPA’s most stunning views across the rolling eastern Pocono Mountains. The cliff’s edge view spans Roaring Brook and miles of dense, colorful forest.
Tobyhanna State Park
See the Pocono Mountains come alive in the fall at this picturesque park in Tobyhanna. Over 10 miles of trails vary from easy to difficult. Enjoy varied scenery from lakes, forests, and even swamps.
Tuscarora State Park
Discover the natural beauty of this Schuylkill County gem on several miles of mountain trails. Explore thick forests, sprawling meadows and flat agricultural fields. Keep an eye out for the park’s famous Spirit Tree.
Enjoy a long stroll along the banks of the Susquehanna River. This popular Endless Mountains park offers trails, a playground and picnic areas. The park often boasts sightings of majestic bald eagles.
Frances Slocum State Park
Venture through this popular park’s 13.7 miles of wooded trails. Embark on a lakeside stroll. Look for wildlife in lush woodlands and peaceful marshes. The park also features picnic areas, a playground and fishing.
Hickory Run State Park
White Haven, PA
Hike your way through this densely forested state park in the southern Pocono Mountains. Explore Creekside trails, thick rhododendron forests and the famous Boulder Field. The park features 44 miles of trails.
Nay Aug Park
Spend an autumn afternoon taking in the picturesque sights along the walking trails at this popular park on Scranton’s east side. Look out over Roaring Brook from the 150-foot high David Wenzel Treehouse.
Lehigh Gorge Trail
White Haven, PA
Make your way along the scenic Lehigh River along this 26-mile rail trail from White Haven to Jim Thorpe. Enjoy historic canals and waterfalls along the easy, relatively flat gravel trail.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Take your pick from over 100 miles of hiking trails at this massive park spanning three NEPA counties. The park features a wide variety of hiking options from water views to mountain vistas and stunning waterfalls.
Take in the gorgeous, tree-lined scenery of this quaint community park in Tunkhannock. Make your way along the convenient hiking and biking loop trail. The park also features an old 19th Century bridge.
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 10/14/2020.