We get it. You’re still trying to squeeze a little extra time out of summer.
Well, you’ve got about 12 days left.
We know. It’s weird that we’re counting. We just looooove fall! Anyway, we are not trying to pressure you into giving up on summer. Go ahead and extend it as far as you can. Just remember, the sooner we call an official end to summer, the closer we are to sweaters, comfy old jeans, crunchy leaves, hearty porters and pumpkin beers, hot cocoa, Friday night football, and… oh man, we can do this all day.
Soon, summer will be but a memory, and cool evenings and campfire embers burning into a starry night will inspire dreams of warm apple cider and sweet pumpkin flavored everything. The leaves will turn us, camera in hand, toward NEPA’s winding, mountain roads. And we’ll nail that fall foliage profile pic.
Change of plan – we’re now definitely pressuring you to get psyched for fall.
There are just so many awesome things to do in NEPA during the fall. We don’t want you to miss a single minute of it.
Fall is where NEPA truly shines. We’ve got a lock on this season. We just have to make sure we’re ready for it when it arrives, so we’ve created a handy checklist. Get out there and get your autumn on. And make some time for these top fall activities in NEPA.
NEPA’s Fall Activities:
Baking Pies from Scratch
Miller’s Orchards Farm Market
There are several reasons we grow so many apples and pumpkins in NEPA, but the absolute, number one reason has to be pie. Some even argue there is simply no better use of these fall harvest superstars.
Buying Pies (that were made from scratch -- by someone else)
The Village Farmer
Maybe you don’t have the baker’s touch. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy pie. This quirky roadside marketplace is known for their unforgettably delicious fruit pies. Go ahead, pass it off as your own. No one will know.
Fall Foliage by Train
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway at Jim Thorpe
If you haven’t seen our gorgeous fall foliage via train along the magnificent Lehigh River, then are you even sure you know what foliage means? This popular train ride fills up fast, so dust off the camera, get to Jim Thorpe and get yourself a ticket.
Roba Family Farms
Ah yes… it wouldn’t truly be fall in NEPA without losing your family in a gigantic corn maze. Just kidding. No one ever really gets lost. Just motivate yourself to find the end by promising a cup of hot chocolate by the fire.
Run a Race (to help with the whole pie thing)
Ronald McDonald House Show Your Stripes 5K & Fun Walk
Take on Scranton’s beautiful Nay Aug Park and help out a great cause at this popular 5K. Of course, you can always walk the route and have just as much fun. Stick around after the race for a cookout, basket raffles and a kid’s fun run.
Sure anyone can grab a bag of apples from the market, but there’s something special about venturing into an orchard with an empty basket. You can be a part of the whole system that brought your beautiful apples into existence — the soil, the breeze the trees and, of course, the bees.
Take a Ride (also helps with pies)
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
Get that bike down from the rack in the garage. You’re not done with it yet. Enjoy miles and miles of perfectly graded and safe bike paths. This well-maintained trail system stretches from northern Luzerne County all the way to the New York Border. That’s plenty of opportunity to take in some foliage.
Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch
This is what hoodies were made for. Tuck your chilly fingers into your sleeves, grab a hay bail and enjoy the ride. If you’re serious about fall, and you want that perfect pumpkin, you must go to them. They will not come to you.
Chilly Nights, Campfires, S’mores…
Plenty of NEPA’s state parks and local campgrounds offer campsites well into the fall. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors without all the summer crowds. Sure, it’s a tad chilly, but that’s why they make sleeping bags.
Rent a Cabin
Rosemount Camping Resort
There are few things as relaxing as sitting on a cabin porch still wrapped in a blanket, hugging a hot cup of coffee and watching the early autumn fog burn off the lake. Maybe you’re not exactly into roughing it; you can still enjoy the great outdoors (just do it with four sturdy walls and a locking door).
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival
Celebrate the season with a trip to Jim Thorpe for the annual Fall Foliage Festival. Enjoy food vendors, restaurants, live music, shopping and activities on the Lehigh River. The festival continues throughout the first three weekends in October.
Walker’s Tree Farm and Pumpkin Patch
This low-tech, 19th century fall tradition still brings families together for some good old, messy fun. Stop by this popular farm in Lehighton and grab a few beautiful pumpkins. Then, warm up some cider or hot chocolate for the kids (spiked for the adults, of course), throw down some newspaper, and carve away.
Sample Some Seasonal Beers
DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop
Harvest season is a great time for beer. Use our interactive, NEPA brewery-specific blog and video series to find out where to get those perfectly smooth porters, crisp festbiers, and of course the obligatory pumpkin ales.
Cider (for grown-ups)
Banter’s Hard Cider
If fall is all about the apple, then we might as well turn it into a good drink. Head to this Stroudsburg favorite for a wide variety of homemade hard ciders on tap, cider-inspired cocktails and tons of fun. You can even get cider to go in growlers.