Quehanna Wild Area 2021 Fall Foliage Update

The author at Red Run Gorge Vista on October 12th, 2021.

The fall foliage conditions in the Quehanna Wild Area varied widely when I visited on October 12th, 2021.

The Quehanna Highway on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage along the Quehanna Highway on October 12th, 2021.

My first stop of the morning was at the Teaberry Trail Vista, a quick 5 minute hike from a parking area along the Elk County portion of the Quehanna Highway.

A map to Teaberry Trail VIsta and Red Run Gorge Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
A map to Teaberry Trail Vista and Red Run Gorge Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

The fall foliage here at Teaberry Trail Vista was excellent.

Fall foliage at Teaberry Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage at Teaberry Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area on October 12th, 2021.

After spending a few minutes here, I decided to continue offtrail another 0.4 miles to Red Run Gorge Vista, also shown on the map above.

Fall foliage at Red Run Gorge Vista on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage at Red Run Gorge Vista on October 12th, 2021.

Although this hike was popularized by hiking blogger Jeff Mitchell back in 2018, this was my first time visiting it during fall foliage season.

Fall foliage at Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage at Red Run Gorge Vista in Elk County on October 12th, 2021.

The scene here was outstanding (although not yet quite as vibrant as the scene at Teaberry Trail Vista), and the hike pases through a small boulder field reminiscent of Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.

A boulder field near Red Run Gorge Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
A boulder field near Red Run Gorge Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Making my way back to the parking area along the Quehanna Highway, I next headed for Wykoff Run Falls along Wykoff Run Road.

Fall foliage along Wykoff Run Road on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage along Wykoff Run Road on October 12th, 2021.

Wykoff Run Falls was flowing well and the golden foliage around it was excellent.

Fall foliage at Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage at Wykoff Run Falls in the Quehanna Wild Area on October 12th, 2021.

To summarize – the fall foliage conditions in the portions of the Quehanna Wild Area I visited on October 12th ranged from just starting to change to full-on peak conditions, varying greatly even between neighboring gorges.

Relaxing at Teaberry Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Relaxing at Teaberry Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

With an area this large and the terrain so diverse, there is really no “perfect” time to catch all the fall foliage in the Quehanna Wild Area at its peak – some is here right now and other should be a week from now, if not longer.

Boulder field along the hike to Red Run Gorge Overlook in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Boulder field along the hike to Red Run Gorge Overlook in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Nearby Attractions

Be sure to check out my Kettle Creek State Park 2021 Fall Foliage Update for more photos taken the same day as the Quehanna photos above.

Fall foliage views from the lower campground at Kettle Creek State Park on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage at Kettle Creek State Park on October 12th, 2021.

The Sinnemahoning State Park 2021 Fall Foliage Update shows you current fall foliage conditions at the park as of October 12th, 2021.

Fall foliage around the 40 Maples picnic area at Sinnemahoning State Park on October 12th, 2021.
Fall foliage around the 40 Maples picnic area at Sinnemahoning State Park on October 12th, 2021.

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Rusty Glessner is an award-winning photographer, lifelong Pennsylvanian, and creator of the PA Bucket List travel blog.

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