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Best Places to See Fall Foliage


Fall is the most colorful time of year! Golden yellows. Rusty reds. Fiery oranges. Feast your eyes on our festival of foliage. You can see leaves everywhere you look, but we've picked out a few choice places to see fall foliage that are particularly scenic and beautiful.

The Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat

This summertime attraction is also the perfect place for leaf peeping. Aboard their weekend boat rides and dinner cruises, you can take in 360-degree views of Harrisburg's riverfront, City Island, and the mountains to the north. 

Be sure to pack: A light coat or sweatshirt. The autumn air feels extra crisp on the top deck of The Pride.


Little Buffalo State Park

In the heart of Perry County, Little Buffalo State Park is rich natural beauty and history. Covered bridges and an old stone mill can be found on the state park grounds. But what you’re really there for are the hundreds of acres of serene wooded forest. Get the most of the views by staying the weekend at one of the park’s campsites or cottages.

Be sure to pack: Binoculars. There are ample opportunities for wildlife watching at this picturesque state park.


Hawk Rock

One of the ideal ways to see the leaves in all their splendor is to find a spot you can see for miles. And miles. Hawk Rock, located in Duncannon of the Appalachian Trail, is a little tricky to find but well worth the effort. Despite some rough spots, this trail takes roughly 45 minutes to complete and leads to the Cove Mountain Duncannon Overlook. The payoff is a picturesque panorama of the Susquehanna River Valley. After your hike, grab a refreshing beverage at the Doyle Hotel – a centuries-old building with a storied history. Hikers along the Appalachian Trail know to “visit the Doyle.” In addition to the AT, our region is home to a number of beautiful hiking trails throughout our neck of "Penn's Woods."

Be sure to pack: A lunch or snack to enjoy when you reach the top.


Armstrong Valley Winery & Vineyard

Nestled in the valleys of upper Dauphin County, Armstrong Valley Winery & Vineyard was built on farmland dating back to the 1700s. Their wine is made in a refurbished bank barn and mountains line the horizon, providing amazing views of the countryside. On your way to the winery, stop at the top of Peters Mountain for a scenic overlook that will take your breath away.

Be sure to pack: Actually, leave some room in the car for some sippable souvenirs.


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Wildwood Park

This community park is one of Harrisburg’s outdoor gems, tucked away near Harrisburg Community College just outside of Downtown Harrisburg. The park features an educational nature center, a lake, and miles of trails to use for walking and biking. While you’re viewing leaves, be on the lookout for friends of Wildwood – whitetail deer, hummingbirds and various species of birds stopping in for a visit during their migration pattern.

Be sure to pack: Walking shoes. Take the 3.1-mile loop around the lake to see all the foliage they have to offer!

mountain-bikingCapital Area Greenbelt

Take in the fall foliage along our bike paths and mountain bike trails where you can ride under a canopy of leaves while your tires roll over the crunchy ones that have already fallen. The Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile bike loop through the city of Harrisburg's green spaces with a few off-road mountain biking options. Rattling Creek near Lykens (pictured above) is a great option for serious mountain bikers. Riverfront Park runs parallel to the Susquehanna River in Downtown Harrisburg and the hill climb at Reservoir Park are the most scenics spots along the Greenbelt for leaf peeping. 

Be sure to pack: A helmet!


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Hersheypark® might be your favorite summertime destination but they're also open for thrills weekends in September and during their Halloween-inspired Hersheypark In The DarkSM. Get a birds-eye view of the fall foliage from the tallest ride in Hersheypark, the Kissing Tower®. Riders soar 250 feet above Hershey, experiencing three full three rotations at the top for a 360-degree vantage point of the park and the colorful fields and mountains near Hershey. If you want to pair foliage with a slight fear of heights, take in the views from Hershey's Triple TowerSM...before dropping to the ground!

Be sure to pack: Your vintage "I Survived The sooperdooperLooper shirt." Don't have one? Get one!


Italian Lake

In the center of Uptown Harrisburg at 3rd & Division Streets, beautiful Italian Lake Park is perfect for a city stroll. Year-round, pops of color encircle the lake with springtime blooms and flowering trees in the spring and colorful leaves in the fall.

Be sure to pack: Your sweetheart. There's a Japanese-inspired bridge that's perfect for a lovers' photo op.


The days are getting shorter, so make the most of them. Plan your weekend excursion to see the fall foliage in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.