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Exploring Turn Hole Tunnel at Lehigh Gorge State Park

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Looking through the Turn Hole Tunnel at Lehigh Gorge State Park towards the north portal.
Turn Hole Tunnel is an abandoned railroad tunnel located near the Glen Onoko access to Lehigh Gorge State Park. Now used exclusively by hikers and explorers, Turn Hole Tunnel and the scenic Moyer's Rock Overlook located directly above it are both must-see destinations when visiting the Glen Onoko portion of Lehigh Gorge State Park. History of Turn Hole Tunnel Turn Hole Tunnel...

Exploring Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park

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Buttermilk Falls along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail at Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park is a cascading waterfall along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail, 1/4 mile north of the Rockport Access to the park and rail trail. How to Find Buttermilk Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park The closest point you can drive to and hike/bike to the falls is located at the Rockport Access to Lehigh Gorge...

Exploring Luke’s Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park

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Luke's Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Luke's Falls at Lehigh Gorge State Park is an easy 1/4 mile hike/bike ride south of the Rockport Access along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail. Located right along the rail trail, Luke's Falls cascades down the walls of the Lehigh Gorge, passes beneath a bridge on the rail trail, and eventually spills into the Lehigh River. How to Find Luke's Falls...

Exploring Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County

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Stametz Dam along the Shades of Death Trail at Hickory Run State Park.
Hickory Run State Park is a magnificent 15,990-acre recreational area in the western foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Featuring more than 40 miles of hiking trails, picturesque waterfalls, unique natural areas, and spectacular scenic overlooks, Hickory Run State Park has a LOT to offer! Rather than try to describe EVERYTHING to see there, I'm going to describe the highlights of what...

The Ultimate Centre County Fall Foliage Driving Tour

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The Ultimate Centre County Fall Foliage Driving Tour
Here's a terrific Centre County fall foliage road trip that takes you along 79 miles of Happy Valley's prettiest backroads to 4 of the regions most scenic autumn destinations! Following the map below, this road trip utilizes all two-lane roads, avoiding major highways like Interstates 80 and 99. I'm going to describe the trip leaving from State College and driving in...

Riding the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in Jim Thorpe

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Fall foliage around the train station in Jim Thorpe, PA.
The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in Jim Thorpe is consistently ranked as one of the best sightseeing trains in the northeastern United States. Recently I had a chance to take the fall foliage excursion, and I can confirm this is indeed a train ride you won't soon forget! Departing from the historic train station in downtown Jim Thorpe, the train winds...

Jim Thorpe 2021 Fall Foliage Update

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Looking down on Jim Thorpe, PA from Mount Pisgah.
I spent a beautiful day in Jim Thorpe, PA on October 20th, 2021, surrounded by fall foliage and the sights and sounds of a bustling tourist town in one of its busiest seasons. Being a railfan, I'd always wanted to take the fall foliage excursion on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, and I was certainly not disappointed afterwards! We departed at...

RB Winter State Park 2021 Fall Foliage Update

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A perfect fall day for selfies at the RB Winter State Park scenic overlook.
I visited RB Winter State Park in Union County on Monday afternoon, October 18th, and found the fall foliage conditions to be a mixed bag, depending on where you were in the park. Around the park office itself, fall foliage was vibrant and plentiful. Around the beach area, there were also some extra-colorful maples. Near the often-photographed spillway, where pine trees prevail,...

The Ultimate Somerset County Fall Foliage Driving Tour

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The Ultimate Somerset County Fall Foliage Driving Tour.
Ready to take the ultimate Somerset County fall foliage road trip?! In case you're unfamiliar with this western PA county - it's home to the highest point in Pennsylvania (Mount Davis), the Flight 93 National Memorial, and quite possibly the prettiest covered bridge in the entire Keystone State (the Pack Saddle Bridge). And the best part about this fall foliage road...

Sinnemahoning State Park 2021 Fall Foliage Update

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Fall foliage starting to appear around the Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park on October 12th, 2021.
The peak of fall foliage season is at least another week away at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron and Potter counties. When I visited on October 12th, the best colors were to be found around the 40 Maples Picnic area, on the banks of Sinnemahoning Creek. Up and down Sinnemahoning Creek the fall foliage looked great on this afternoon. There were also...

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