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See the awe-inspiring autumn splendor in the Laurel Highlands on a fall getaway, and enjoy the spectacle of red, orange, yellow, russet, and bronze colors. Plan a road trip under a canopy of colors on the region’s scenic byways and historic routes to picturesque attractions and exciting seasonal events. In addition to the wonderful foliage displays, autumn also brings fantastic fall festivals and harvest goods at local farmers’ markets. In fall, the region comes to life in a whole new way. Experience the harvest season festivities for yourself.
The remarkable lineup of fall festivals in the Laurel Highlands will have you busy all season long. From the entertaining Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival to the Halloween and pumpkin events. See live reenactments and watch the parade at the classic Fort Ligonier Days. From apples to pumpkins and wine to chili, these festivals celebrate so many flavors and harvest goods. Local farmers’ markets also continue into the fall season, a great place to find farm fresh produce.
Take a ride over the region’s colorful rolling hills, through deep river valleys, and to the commonwealth’s highest peaks in the Laurel Highlands. Make sure to bring your camera for some beautiful snapshots! There's no better way to see the fall foliage! Check out these suggested routes and not-to-miss attractions along the way.
Soar more than 100 feet above the ground through the colorful canopy on a zip line. See the fall foliage up close while you experience the thrill of one of the many zip lines in the region. Race a friend on the dueling Fatbird Superflyer at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, or take a ridgeline canopy tour at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Head to Ohiopyle and have an adventure at the Ohiopyle Zip Line Adventure Park. Take in the incredible views, or enjoy the red and orange blur on your way down. Looking for the views without the thrill? Take a scenic chairlift right at Seven Springs Mountain Resort for a more relaxing ride.
Sit back, take in the view, and savor distinguished wines at one of the many picturesque wineries in the Laurel Highlands. Live music events continue on the beautiful grounds and in the gardens until late October. Enjoy the view from the highest mountaintop vineyard east of the Rockies, Christian W. Klay Winery, or split a bottle or two with friends by the lake at Stone Villa Wine Cellars. Explore the gardens at Greendance Winery, or have a wine tasting on the deck at Glades Pike Winery.
Endless fall foliage continues along the 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage, perfect for a family fall outing. Bike through charming trail towns, and take advantage of the view from vistas and bridges, like the Salisbury Viaduct, along the way.
With hundreds of miles of trails and dozens of breathtaking spots throughout the 8 state parks and 2 state forests in the Laurel Highlands, you’re sure to find a hike to enjoy the changing leaves. From Cucumber Falls and Baughman Rocks Overlook in Ohiopyle State Park to the Highest Point in PA, Mount Davis, there are plenty of fantastic fall photo opportunities.
Plan a thrilling trip on the Youghiogheny, the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River. Fall brings less crowds on the water, incredible scenery, and faster water. Whitewater trips continue into October. The adrenaline rush you’ll find on the Lower Yough isn’t for the weak at heart, but more gentle floats can be arranged on other sections of the river. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ohiopyle State Park as you float, and tackle the whitewater, down the river. These experts can outfit you for the trip and guide you down the river for a successful and enjoyable adventure.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic masterpiece is even more breathtaking and impressive when framed by the colorful fall leaves. The Kaufmann family home cantilevered over Bear Run is an extraordinary work of architecture inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape, making it one of the best places to appreciate the region’s fall foliage.