My 20 Favorite PA Fall Foliage Destinations of 2022

20 of my favorite fall foliage destinations in Pennsylvania in 2022

2022 was a banner year for PA fall foliage!

Welcome to Potter County God's County sign along Route 44.
“Welcome to Potter County God’s County” sign along Route 44.

I was fortunate to have been able to visit so many regions of the Commonwealth this past October, capturing many scenes of amazing PA fall foliage at its peak.

Beartown Rocks sign in the Clear Creek State Forest in Jefferson County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage in the in the Clear Creek State Forest.

So with Thanksgiving upon us and the long, cold winter yet to come, I thought this would be a perfect time to take a look back through some of my favorite, most colorful fall foliage photos of 2022.

Fall foliage views from Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage views from Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16, 2022.

What I’m going to share with you with here are 20 of my favorite PA fall foliage destinations from this past year, so that you can refer back to this article over the winter as you formulate your own 2023 travel plans.

Looking down on a portion of Glendale Lake known as Campground Cove at Prince Gallitzin State Park.
Looking down on a portion of Glendale Lake known as Campground Cove at Prince Gallitzin State Park.

I’m going to present these 20 destinations in the order I encountered them this past October, rather than try to “rank” them, which would be an impossibly difficult task.

Looking north along Pine Creek from Route 414 on October 3 2022.
Looking north along Pine Creek from Route 414 on October 3, 2022.

I hope you enjoy the photos, and best of luck planning your 2023 fall foliage road trip adventures!

Fall foliage at Laurel Ridge State Park on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage at Laurel Ridge State Park on October 16, 2022.

1. The Pine Creek Rail Trail

The Pine Creek Rail Trail is a 65 mile-long trail which runs from just north of Wellsboro in Tioga County south to Jersey Shore in Lycoming County.

Fall foliage on October 3 2022 along the Pine Creek Rail Trail in Tioga County PA.
Fall foliage on October 3, 2022 along the Pine Creek Rail Trail.

I rode a few stretches of the Tioga County portion and encountered excellent early season fall foliage along the way.

Fall foliage along the Pine Creek Rail Trail southbound near Blackwell.
Fall foliage along the Pine Creek Rail Trail southbound near Blackwell.

2. Ole Bull State Park

2022 was my first time visiting Ole Bull State Park during fall foliage season, and what a treat that was!

Bridge over Kettle Creek at Ole Bull State Park in Potter County Pennsylvania.
Bridge over Kettle Creek at Ole Bull State Park.

Ole Bull State Park in Potter County is named in honor of Ole Bornemann Bull, a famous Norwegian violinist who attempted to develop a Norwegian colony there in 1852.

Castle Vista is located at the site of what was once Ole Bull's castle in Potter County Pennsylvania.
Castle Vista is located at the site of what was once Ole Bull’s castle.

3. Boone Run Vista

Boone Run Vista is one of several roadside vistas I visited in Potter County this past October.

Bright red staghorn sumac at Boone Run Vista in Potter County PA.
Bright red staghorn sumac at Boone Run Vista.

Because it’s relatively easy to get to, Boone Run Vista is a popular photo-op for vehicles of both the two and four-wheeled variety.

Boone Run Vista is a popular Potter County stop for motorcyclists.
Boone Run Vista is a popular Potter County stop for motorcyclists.

4. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum along Route 6 in Potter County documents the history and technology of the lumber industry in PA.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.

On the day I visited in October, the fall foliage reflections off the sawmill pond at the museum were incredible!

Fall foliage views near the sawmill at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County PA
Fall foliage views near the sawmill at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum in Potter County.

5. Denton Hill State Park

2022 was the second year in a row I visited Denton Hill State Park during the fall foliage season.

Lift chairs dangle in the air at the abandoned Denton Hill Ski Resort in Potter County.
Lift chairs dangle in the air at the abandoned Denton Hill Ski Resort in Potter County.

What makes Denton Hill so unusual is the remains of an abandoned ski resort, seemingly frozen in time amongst all the mountains and trees.

Fall foliage at the abandoned ski slopes at Denton Hill State Park in Potter County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage at the abandoned ski slopes at Denton Hill State Park.

6. Wellsboro

Downtown Wellsboro in Tioga County is beautiful year-round, and fall foliage season is certainly no exception.

Fall foliage in downtown Wellsboro Pennsylvania on October 6, 2022.
Fall foliage in downtown Wellsboro on October 6, 2022.

The Green, a public park featuring several statues, historical monuments, and a fountain, is a particularly photogenic spot.

Fall foliage at the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod fountain in downtown Wellsboro.
Fall foliage at the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod fountain in downtown Wellsboro.

7. Leonard Harrison State Park

Leonard Harrison State Park is one of the most-visited spots on the eastern rim of the PA Grand Canyon.

Fall foliage at the entrance to Leonard Harrison State Park in Tioga County Pennsylvania on October 6 2022.
Fall foliage at the entrance to Leonard Harrison State Park on October 6, 2022.

I happened to visit early enough on an October morning when the valley fog was still lifting, an extra treat on top of the foliage.

Valley fog and fall foliage as viewed from Leonard Harrison State Park in Tioga County Pennsylvania on October 6 2022.
Valley fog and fall foliage as viewed from Leonard Harrison State Park on October 6 2022.

8. Cook Forest State Park

Cook Forest State Park covers an 8,500-acre expanse across portions of Clarion, Jefferson, and Forest counties in northwestern PA.

Visitors enjoying the views from Seneca Point at Cook Forest State Park in Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Visitors enjoying the views from Seneca Point at Cook Forest State Park in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Located just a short hike from the park office along Route 36, the Swinging Bridge at Cook Forest State Park is one of the most popular attractions at the park.

The suspension bridge over Tom's Run at Cook Forest State Park.
The suspension bridge over Tom’s Run at Cook Forest State Park.

9. Beartown Rocks

I’d been to Beartown Rocks a few times, but never in the fall, and all I can say WOW!

Fall foliage views near the Beartown Rocks trail head in Jefferson County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage views near the Beartown Rocks trail head.

I happened to visit on may have been THE peak fall foliage day there in 2022, and it was a sea of yellow and gold in every direction.

The scenic overlook platform at Beartown Rocks in the Clear Creek State Forest is perched atop a gigantic rock formation.
The scenic overlook platform at Beartown Rocks in the Clear Creek State Forest is perched atop a gigantic rock formation.

10. Clear Creek State Park

I visited Clear Creek State Park mid-week on a beautiful October afternoon, and had the place seemingly to myself!

Fall foliage reflections on the lake at Clear Creek State Park. in Jefferson County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage reflections on the lake at Clear Creek State Park.

Everywhere I went at the park, I was treated to some exceptional Jefferson County fall foliage scenes.

Small lake created by damming up Clear Creek in Jefferson County Pennsylvania.
Small lake at the park created by damming up Clear Creek.

11. Ralph’s Majestic Vista

Ralph’s Majestic Vista in Centre County is named in honor of Ralph Seeley, founder of the Allegheny Front Trail and the Quehanna Trail.

Ralph's Majestic Vista along the Allegheny Front Trail in Centre County Pennsylvania.
Ralph’s Majestic Vista along the Allegheny Front Trail.

The entire Moshannon State Forest around Ralph’s Majestic Vista is equally colorful in the fall.

The Allegheny Front Trail near Ralph's Majestic Vista in the Moshannon State Forest.
The Allegheny Front Trail near Ralph’s Majestic Vista in the Moshannon State Forest.

12. Black Moshannon State Park

Black Moshannon State Park is comprised of 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands in Centre County.

Fall foliage along the Lake Loop Trail at Black Moshannon State Park in Centre County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage along the Lake Loop Trail at Black Moshannon State Park in Centre County.

At the heart of the park is the 250 acre Black Moshannon Lake, a fantastic spot for swimming, boating, fishing, and bird-watching.

Fall foliage reflections on the lake at Black Moshannon State Park in Centre County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage reflections on the lake at Black Moshannon State Park.

13. Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park is a place I visit EVERY October, with good reason!

Fall foliage views at Ohiopyle Falls on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage views at Ohiopyle Falls on October 16, 2022.

Home to some of the finest fall foliage views anywhere in PA, Ohiopyle State Park was magnificent once again in 2022.

Fall foliage along the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage along the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle on October 16, 2022.

14. Beam Rocks Overlook

Beam Rocks Overlook is one of the most scenic mountain vistas in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania!

Sunrise at Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16,2022.
Sunrise at Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16,2022.

Once the sun broke through the considerable cloud deck on the October morning I visited, the vibrant foliage of the forest really came alive around the rocks.

Fall foliage views at Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage views at Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16, 2022.

15. Wolf Rocks Overlook

Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest is an outstanding scenic vista high above Westmoreland County.

Fall foliage views from Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage views from Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest on October 16, 2022.

16. Linn Run State Park

I happened to catch the fall foliage at Linn Run State Park at its peak in 2022.

Linn Run State Park office in Westmoreland County on October 16, 2022.
Linn Run State Park office in Westmoreland County on October 16, 2022.

I stopped off at a roadside display dedicated to the history of the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset Railroad, a logging railroad that once ran up through what is now the park.

Fall foliage around the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset Railroad display at Linn Run State Park on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage around the Pittsburgh, Westmoreland, and Somerset Railroad display at Linn Run State Park on October 16, 2022.

17. Laurel Hill State Park

Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County, another spot I visit every October, was good again this year.

Fall foliage views at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage views at Laurel Hill State Park in Somerset County on October 16, 2022.

18. Laurel Ridge State Park

At Laurel Ridge State Park, I hiked to Laurel Run Overlook, with fall foliage views in the direction of Westmoreland County.

Fall foliage views from Laurel Run Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail on October 16, 2022.
Fall foliage views from Laurel Run Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail on October 16, 2022.

19. Prince Gallitzin State Park

Prince Gallitzin State Park is a 6,249-acre recreational area in Cambria County.

Glendale Lake on an October afternoon at Prince Gallitzin State Park.
Glendale Lake on an October afternoon at Prince Gallitzin State Park.

This was my first time visiting Prince Gallitzin State Park in October, but it certainly won’t be the last.

A footbridge near Pickerel Pond at Prince Gallitzin State Park.
A footbridge near Pickerel Pond.

20. The Johnstown Flood National Memorial

The Johnstown Flood National Memorial may seem an unlikely fall foliage destination, but the remnants of the breached South Fork Dam (cause of the 1889 Johnstown Flood) glistened in the late afternoon sun on the day I visited.

Fall foliage around the breached South Fork Dam, cause of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.
Fall foliage around the breached South Fork Dam, cause of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.

The fall foliage on the bed of what was once Lake Conemaugh was also remarkable.

Fall foliage on what was once the lakebed of Conemaugh Lake at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Cambria County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage on what was once the lakebed of Conemaugh Lake at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Cambria County.

So there you have it – 20 of my favorite PA fall foliage destinations of 2022!

Fall foliage along Fire Tower Road at Cook Forest State Park.
Fall foliage along Fire Tower Road at Cook Forest State Park.

Feel free to bookmark this post and use it to help plan your 2023 fall foliage adventures.

Fall foliage at the Tioga County Courthouse on October 6, 2022.
Fall foliage at the Tioga County Courthouse in Wellsboro on October 6, 2022.

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