Autumn Outdoor Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley

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“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."  - Walt Whitman

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Dense woodlands surround much of this beautiful region, making it home to some of Pennsylvania's most beautiful old-growth forests. Our highways and byways are ideal for glorious autumn afternoon drives or bicycle rides. Our peaceful country roads, mountains, valleys and pastoral fields are sure to beckon for a walk through crunchy fragrant fallen leaves.

Click here to discover enjoyable driving, biking, and walking tours in the Susquehanna River Valley.

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Hiking in the Susquehanna River Valley

Hikers of all ages and skill levels will find a plethora of year-round opportunities to explore parks, forest and trails in the Susquehanna River Valley. Trails provide stunning views, peaceful scenery and meaningful connection to the great outdoors and with hiking buddies. Regardless of the season, there is a treasure to be found at every turn that will amaze and excite you. So, lace up your boots, hit the trails and rejoice in the beauty of every season in the River Valley. 

Gorgeous Fall Hikes in the Susquehanna River Valley

Cycling Autumn

Cycling in the Susquehanna River Valley

The Susquehanna River Valley is the perfect Mid-Atlantic cycling destination for riders of every age and stage. Central Pennsylvania is superb for bicycling, whether you like an easy ride on a local rail trail, longer road rides through the countryside or strenuous mountain biking through gorgeous forest lands.

Summer is morphing into autumn, which is arguably one of the best times of year for riding bikes. It’s a season when nature’s fall décor provides the perfect venue for riding. The fall foliage is spectacular. The sunlight in the brilliant dancing leaves creates a wonderful show. And the temperature is crisp and cool with lovely breezes. You absolutely must take advantage of cycling in the Susquehanna River Valley at this incredible time of year. Read more.

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Horseback Riding in The Susquehanna River Valley

Meander through fields and forests ablaze in autumn colors on horseback in the Susquehanna River Valley. 
State forests, parks and game lands offer shared use trails to thrill all riders who have a longing to ride in free wild spaces. 

Susquehanna River Valley Equestrian Centers offer training, camps, shows, clinics and lessons for riders of all ages and experience levels. They also offer full care, permanent and temporary boarding facilities for your horse. Read more.

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Autumn Golf in the Susquehanna River Valley

Golf clubs around the Susquehanna River Valley offer challenging courses abounding with spectacular fall colors and views. Read more.

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Paddling the Susquehanna River Valley

Kayaking and canoeing in the early fall provides a unique view of Autumn's splendor. Head to an area lake or the majestic Susquehanna River for a moving picture show of colorful falling leaves. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the banks.

Lakes and Rivers in the Susquehanna River Valley

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Fishing in the Susquehanna River Valley

Fall is also a great season for fishing. The fish are more active and they are just about everywhere. Plus, the pleasurable fall temperatures mean that the never-ending buzz of mosquitoes and the annoying swirls of gnats are almost gone. The shoreline scenery is alive with brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange. Autumn displays Mother Nature’s finest work and there is no time like fall for great fishing. Read more.


Hunting in the Susquehanna River Valley

Hunters are welcome in Pennsylvania State Parks. About 487 acres of R. B. Winter State Park are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, bear, wild turkey, woodcock, squirrel and grouse. Read more.

Balloon Rides

Gain a New Perspective: View the Valley from the Air

Do you ever wish you could take wing like a bird and see nature's beauty from a bird's eye view? Balloon Rides Daily by The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team can make your dream come true!
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Sunrise and sunset flights originate daily. Add a tethered or flyaway balloon ride to any event you may be hosting.

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Off-Roading Adventures

The geography and geology of the coal region has made outdoor recreation a game-changer for the region, gaining recognition nationwide as an off-road riding destination. The Coal Heritage region is home to Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), one of the top 10 destinations for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes. Adjacent to AOAA is Famous Reading Outdoors. Combined, these two ATV destinations offer 30,000 acres of outdoor adventure.  Read more.


Explore Caves & Caverns

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” - Joseph Campbell

Head west to explore the magnificent geological formations found in Susquehanna River Valley caves and caverns.  Be awed and amazed. Take a guided boat tour of America’s only all water cavern, view stunning up-lit rocks, tour spectacular crystal caverns, and tour the 300 ft “Hall of Statues”, found in one of the largest caverns in Pennsylvania. Read more.

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Community Parks and Playgrounds

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play”.-Heraclitus

Outdoor recreation can be fast and furious - a heart pounding pedal up a mountain and an exhilarating race to the bottom – or it can be simple and easy: a walk with your dog on a trail, or pushing a child sky-high on a swing. 

We celebrate the outdoor athlete, the quiet nature lover and those who embrace life and release energy by simply playing with a child at a playground, trail or community park. Find resources for those looking for a park, playground or trail. Read more.