Fall Foliage Tours

Fall Foliage Peaks in Central Pennsylvania Oct. 8-14

Fall Foliage Tours in Central PA

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 inspire you.






Rail Trail Lewisburg and Mifflinburg

Fall Foliage Walking or Biking Tours

Most people have a favorite season and according to some polls Autumn is right at the top. But no matter what season you prefer, the gorgeous colors, cooler temperatures, fall activities and of course pumpkin spice flavored beverages and foods make Autumn in all its glory enjoyable for everyone.

Fall in the Susquehanna River Valley is exceptionally glorious. It is a perfect season to take a walk or go for a bike ride. You'll find trails through state forest lands, parks, back country roads, and quaint small towns where you can stop at a local coffee shop for a warming pumpkin spice latte or at a favorite restaurant for a steaming bowl of hearty fall soup. Ride to one of the River Rat Brew Trail breweries for a seasonal pumpkin ale or to one of the eleven distinctive Susquehanna River Valley Wineries for a spiced wine. You are sure to find a favorite and want to come back again!

Favorite trails include the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail. Along this out and back trail you will see beautiful fall foliage up close as you meander through the countryside. 

Montour Preserve, another local hot spot, offers seven miles of beautiful leaf viewing walking/hiking trails.

The Merrill Linn Land and Waterways Conservancy offers numerous maintained trails including the Dale's Ridge Trail* in Lewisburg and the Koon's Trail whose trailhead is located adjacent to a covered bridge in Mifflinburg. *Please note: The Dale's Ridge Trail will be closed for rifle deer season. It is not open for public hunting but is hunted by private individuals who have received prior permission from the property owner.

If you prefer to be wheeling along, bikes can be rented from Earl's Bicycle Store. More fall biking routes can be found here.

Click here to find a wealth of fall touring and walking trails.

 









Fall Foliage Driving Tours

Route 304 Loop (45 minutes, 26 miles)
Along the way, you’ll experience quaint downtowns and rural landscapes alike. From Lewisburg, travel south on Route 15 towards Winfield, about 4 miles. Turn right onto Route 304 West and follow for approximately 8 miles into New Berlin.  From New Berlin, continue on Route 304 West to Mifflinburg. Turn right onto Route 45 East and follow it to Lewisburg.*

Visit Ard's Farm Market and Restaurant on Route 45 as you head back to Lewisburg. On Wednesday and select Saturdays visit Lewisburg Farmers Market; Fridays in Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg visit the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market

Route 104 / Route 522 Loop (1 hour 15 minutes, 45 miles)
Here you’ll view fall foliage with the backdrop of mountain ranges and deep valleys. From Lewisburg, follow Market Street, which turns into Route 45 West.* Travel on Route 45 West for 9 miles into Mifflinburg. Go through the town of Mifflinburg and turn left onto Route 104 South. Follow 104 South to Route 522 East to Selinsgrove. From Selinsgrove, follow Route 15 North to Lewisburg.

*Farmer's Markets: As you head west on Route 45 from Lewisburg, you will pass by farmers markets and roadside stands. On Wednesday and select Saturdays visit Lewisburg Farmers Market; Fridays in Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg visit the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market or Ard's Farm Market and Restaurant.


Covered Bridges & Country Roads Loop (1 hour, 30 minutes, 45 miles)
Explore several covered bridges and country roads while viewing the colorful fall leaves. This tour starts and ends at our Visitors Center and takes you through peaceful back roads. From the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau drive south on Route 15. Turn left on River Road. After you go around the curve notice on your right the Slifer House, a grand Tuscan style mansion, home of Eli Slifer, secretary of Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Continue on River Road and take the first left on North Water Street. You will pass the Street of Shops, a huge restored woolen mill with 375 specialty shops on your left. Turn left on Market Street and cross the bridge over the Susquehanna River. Continue on PA Route 45 east for 2.8 miles. Turn right onto Covered Bridge Road. Bear right at the Y to stay on Covered Bridge Road. Cross Rishel Covered Bridge, a burr truss bridge built in 1830. From the bridge go 1 mile winding through farmland and then turn left on Frederick Road. Cross the intersection of PA Route 45 and continue on Shakespeare Road. Turn right on S Mill Road towards Pottsgrove. Turn right onto PA Route 642. Go .5 mile and turn left onto Creek Road. Proceed .8 mile and notice the Sam Wagner Covered Bridge on your right. Turn left to stay on Creek road. Continue .7 mile and turn right on Mexico Road. Proceed 1.8 mile and see Kohl’s Stony Hill Farm Tree Farm and Corn Maze on the left. Continue 3.5 miles and turn right on Keefer Mill Road. Cross Keefer Mill Covered Bridge, built in 1853 and restored in 1983. Continue for .5 miles and turn right onto Stecker Mill Road.  Turn left and continue 3.2 mile on Narehood Road until you reach PA Route 642. Turn right and go .5 mile. Then turn right on Bridge Road. Go 1 mile and cross the Sam Wagner Bridge. Turn left on Creek Road. Turn right on PA Route 642. * Go 2.9 mile and take Route 147 North toward Watsontown. Go 3.7 miles and take exit for Watsontown. At bottom of ramp turn left on Susquehanna Trail. Turn right on Route 405 N. Go 2.1 miles and turn left on W. Brimmer Avenue. Cross bridge over Susquehanna River and continue 2.3 miles on White Deer Pike. Turn left on Gray Hill Road and proceed .2 miles to the Factory/Horsham Bridge, built in 1880. Go 1.48 miles and turn left on New Columbia Road. Go 2 miles and take left onto Route 15 S which will take you back to the SRVVB and Country Cupboard Restaurant.

*Alternate Route: Go 4.5 miles and cross Bridge over Susquehanna River. You will pass over the West Milton State Park, an 82-acre island on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River offering hiking, river access, and other recreational opportunities. Continue west and turn right to Route 15 North. Go 3.7 miles and take Watsontown exit. At bottom of ramp turn left on Old Route 15. At stop sign turn left and continue 1.6 miles on White Deer Pike. Turn left on Gray Hill Road and proceed .2 miles to the Factory/Horsham Bridge, built in 1880. Go 1.48 miles and turn left on New Columbia Road. Go 2 miles and take left onto Route 15 S which will take you back to the SRVVB and Country Cupboard Restaurant. (Approx. 43 Miles Total)

Route 45 (Purple Heart Hwy) / Route 192 Loop (2 hours 5 minutes, 92 miles)
Along the way, you’ll see rural pastures, farm fields, barns, Amish horse-and-buggies and ample fall foliage. This tour also includes some natural wonders that you may want to stop and check out. From Lewisburg, follow Market Street, which turns into Route 45 West*. Also called the Purple Heart Highway, this route is 92 miles of historic, scenic beauty that ends in the State College area. If you don’t want to take the entire loop, take a right on any of the major paved roads off of Route 45 and you’ll intersect with Route 192 (45 and 192 run parallel to one another). Take 192 East back to Lewisburg.

*Farmer's Markets: As you head west on Route 45 from Lewisburg, you will pass by farmers markets and roadside stands. On Wednesday and select Saturdays visit Lewisburg Farmers Market; Fridays in Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg visit the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market or Ard's Farm Market and Restaurant.


Union County Loop- Route 15 to 304 to 45 (40 minutes, 21 miles)

From Lewisburg, travel south on Route 15 towards Winfield, approximately 4 miles. Turn right onto Route 304 West and follow for almost 8 miles into New Berlin. Turn right on Vine Street and continue out of town (Vine Street turns into New Berlin Mountain Road and then Dreisbach Church Road) Cross Furnace Road and continue to the intersection with Route 45.* Turn right and go approximately 4 miles to return to Lewisburg. Along the way, you’ll experience quaint downtowns and rural landscapes alike.

*Farmer's Markets: As you head west on Route 45 from Lewisburg, you will pass by farmers markets and roadside stands. On Wednesday and select Saturdays visit Lewisburg Farmers Market; Fridays in Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg visit the Susquehanna Valley Growers Market or Ard's Farm Market and Restaurant.


Riverside/Snydertown/Sunbury (40 minutes, 25 miles)
From Sunbury's Memorial Park head out of town on Shikellamy  Avenue continue onto Mile Post Road. In 5 miles take a left turn on the lane to Owens Farm. At their farm stand find fresh honey and other available products. Then head east on Mile Post Road for .8 mile and turn left onto E. Sunbury Road. Stay straight to continue onto Center Road which becomes Avenue G in Riverside. Turn right on Sunbury Road. Stop for an ice cream cone at Heeter's Drive In.
From Riverside, follow Route 54 to Elysburg*. Take Snydertown Road about 5 miles
(stop at Greenleaf Greenhouses) to Snydertown. Turn left at 1st cross street onto S. Main/S. Market Street.In half a mile turn right onto Furman Road. Visit Dalvino Wine Company. Then return to S. Main/S. Market Street. Turn left. Almost immediately turn left again onto Camp Road which becomes Sawmill Road. In 2.4 miles turn right onto Mill Road. In .3 of a mile see the historic Keefers Station Covered Bridge. To return to Sunbury head northwest on Mill Road for .3 of a mile and turn left onto Snydertown Road which becomes N. 11th Street and takes you back to downtown Sunbury.

*Owens Farm: offers farmstays, farm tours and farm-direct pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, or raw honey
Elysburg Farmers Market: fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other locally made products on Saturdays from 8-1
Greenleaf Greenhouses: 3672 Snydertown Rd.
Dalvino Wine Company: family owned and operated Micro-Winery located in the beautiful rolling hills of Snydertown. Visit our tasting room to discover local Pennsylvania wines handcrafted in small batches. "Nella Botte Piccola C’é Il Vino Buono": “In Small Barrels, There is Good Wine".
Keefers Station Covered Bridge: This 109-foot-long, Burr Truss bridge, constructed in 1888, crosses Shamokin Creek


South from Sunbury to Herndon to Shamokin  – Routes 147 to 225 and 61 (1 hour 15 minutes, 50 miles)
Start in Sunbury and follow Route 147 South along the River. After you pass Herndon, pick up Route 225 to Shamokin, then travel back to Sunbury on Route 61. This route will provide amazing fall vistas of the rural farmlands of Central Pennsylvania.

East from Sunbury to Shamokin and Back – Route 61 to 125 to 25 to 225 to 890 (2 hours, 80 miles)
Pick up Route 61 and head east to Shamokin.  From Shamokin, take Route 125, heading south to Hegins.  At Hegins, take Route 25 to Berrysburg, At Berrysburg, take Route 225, heading north to Trevorton. At Trevorton, take Route 890, heading north back to Sunbury.  This tour will have a lot of roads with a lot of curves, but you’ll see some of the quaint towns and open scenery and valleys of this section of the Susquehanna River Valley.

Mifflinburg to McAlisterville – Route 104 to 35 (I hour, 30 minutes, 60 miles)
Follow Route 104 in Mifflinburg South to Mount Pleasant Mills. Take Route 35 West to McAlisterville. Turn right on Route 235 and follow to Route 45 back to Mifflinburg.

Western Snyder County - Route 522 to 235 (1 hour, 42 miles)
Take Route 522 West from Selinsgrove, through Middleburg and Beavertown to Beaver Springs, then turn right onto Route 235. Turn right onto Creek Road in Benfer and follow back to Route 522 to go back to Selinsgrove.

 

Southern Snyder County - Route 35 (50 minutes, 35 miles)

Follow Route 35 West from Selinsgrove through Kantz and Freeburg to blinking light at Mount Pleasant Mills (intersection of Route 35 & Route 104). Turn right onto Route 104 and travel about ¾ mile, then turn left onto Heister Valley Road. Follow to end of Heister Valley Road in Richfield, then turn left onto Route 35 and follow back to Selinsgrove.

 

Weiser State Forest to open trail for drive-through
The Roaring Creek Trail in Weiser State Forest in Columbia and Northumberland counties will be open to motor vehicles on a Sunday in October (TBD) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Traffic will be restricted to one-way travel on the 8-mile trail in the Roaring Creek tract. The drive will begin at the parking lot gate long Pa. Route 42 north of Centralia, and exit at the Pa. Route 54 parking lot gate to the west.

The public is invited to come out and enjoy the day. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stop at one of several picnic tables located along the trail, or share the pavilion at the C. Q. McWilliams Picnic Area. The picnic area is adjacent to McWilliams Reservoir at the half-way point of the trail.

All vehicles must exit the Roaring Creek Trail by 3:00 PM. Passenger vehicles only (cars, pick-up trucks, SUVs, passenger vans, motorcycles) will be permitted to enter. 

 

Route 15- Don’t forget about Route 15- this bustling corridor features gorgeous fall foliage and connects to Interstate 80, Route 45, 192, 11, and others.

 

 

 

 






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