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Fall , Hiking & Biking , Lakes & Watersports , Local, State & National Parks , Sports & Outdoors

NEPA’s Most Instagrammable Fall Hikes

There are plenty of reasons to love fall in NEPA

The weather is perfect. We’re back to wearing vests and boots. Campfires. Pumpkins. Apples. Ghost print socks. Halloween… The list almost never ends, but if there’s one reason to truly love this season it’s the stunning, colorful views.

Dazzle your followers with pics of NEPA’s masterfully painted fall landscape, from the peaks of the rolling Pocono Mountains to the banks of the thundering Lackawanna River.

Want to collect those likes, but you just don’t know where to go to snap those Instagram-worthy photos? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered up some of NEPA’s most Instagrammable fall photo stops. So lace up the hiking boots, and don’t you dare hang that bike in the garage just yet. You’ve got some gorgeous fall pics to snap.

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Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

The opportunities for beautiful fall photos are almost endless on the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. With dozens of trailheads from Pittston to Carbondale, you can walk along the Lackawanna River and old rail beds capturing NEPA’s stunning urban, suburban and rural landscapes along the way.

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PPL Susquehanna Riverlands

The Susquehanna River splits this 400-acre recreational area which features gorgeous mountain views, wetlands and diverse wildlife. The Riverlands offer eight miles of well-maintained, tree-lined hiking trails.

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Bushkill Falls

Nicknamed “The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” this popular attraction in the Pocono Mountains features a network of natural and manmade hiking trails. The eight majestic waterfalls you’ll encounter along the way, coupled with the dense, surrounding forest may just leave you breathless.

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Frances Slocum State Park

Spanning over 1,000 acres, this northern Luzerne County gem boasts nearly 14 miles of trails and its iconic 165-acre horseshoe-shaped lake. You’ll find photo opportunities in wide-open meadows, along forested trails and from just about anywhere on the lake.

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Tobyhanna State Park

This Monroe / Wayne County favorite is one of the Pocono’s most photogenic parks. With over 5,000 acres to explore, the 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake and thousands of colorful trees, there’s no shortage of prime foliage picture spots.

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Nay Aug Park

Scranton’s largest park is famous for its natural gorge and waterfall. You’ll also find easily accessible, tree-lined trails, a playground and plenty of open space. Hint: if you’re looking for that prime photo spot, check out the covered footbridge.

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Merli-Sarnoski Park

Often overlooked out in Fell Township, this Lackawanna County park boasts 15 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The 35-acre lake is lined with dense forests of towering trees and native rhododendron. You’ll enjoy snapping photos in this peaceful and often crowd-free park.

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Ricketts Glen State Park

There is no end to the autumn beauty of Rickets Glen State Park. Spanning over 13,000 acres, this 3-county park offers exquisite waterfalls, mountain vistas, lake shore landscapes and dense, colorful forests.

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Seven Tubs Nature Area

Fall is probably the best time to visit “the Tubs” in Plains Township. The stream thunders along, dropping over small waterfalls into beautifully carved pools. Along the stream-side trails, native Mountain Laurels blend with the ever-changing trees.

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Nescopeck State Park

Nineteen miles of trails weave through dense forests, along the scenic Nescopeck Creek and around pristine Lake Francis. This 3,550-acre park is bordered by tall mountains and wetlands teeming with diverse wildlife.

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And, as always, if you’re looking for quick, easy likes…

Just add dogs!

It’s a simple, yet scientifically-proven method of achieving Instagram stardom. Just ask Skylar.

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