RB Winter State Park 2021 Fall Foliage Update

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.

Spillway at RB Winter State Park on an October afternoon.
Spillway at RB Winter State Park on an October afternoon.

Around the park office itself, fall foliage was vibrant and plentiful.

Fall foliage around the office at RB Winter State Park.
Fall foliage around the office at RB Winter State Park.

Around the beach area, there were also some extra-colorful maples.

Fall foliage along the beach at RB Winter State Park in Union County, PA.
Fall foliage along the beach at RB Winter State Park in Union County.

Near the often-photographed spillway, where pine trees prevail, there was less color, as you’d expect.

Raymond B. Winter park sign near the spillway on the lake.
Raymond B. Winter park sign near the spillway on the lake.

There was a nice afternoon sun glow to the pines, however, which made for pleasant photos.

Fishing pier at RB Winter State Park.
Fishing pier at RB Winter State Park.

The park was not busy on this Monday afternoon, but those folks who were there got to soak up a fantastic fall day.

Folks enjoying an autumn afternoon at RB WInter State Park.
Folks enjoying an autumn afternoon at RB Winter State Park.

I hiked a short distance on the Mid State Trail to check out the fall foliage situation on the southern end of the park.

Fall foliage along the Mid State Trail as it passes through RB WInter State Park.
Fall foliage along the Mid State Trail as it passes through RB Winter State Park.

Around the perimeter of Halfway Lake I observed that most of the maples were either at or even a little past peak, so if you want to see them in their autumn glory, you best get there this week.

Quiet October day on the beach at RB Winter State Park.
Quiet October day on the beach at RB Winter State Park.

I drove up to the scenic overlook above the park, along McCall Dam Road.

Fall foliage along the road leading to the scenic overlook at RB Winter State Park.
Fall foliage along McCall Dam Road, leading to the scenic overlook at RB Winter State Park.

This was the best spot of the day for fall foliage views at RB Winter State Park.

Fall foliage views from the scenic overlook at RB Winter State Park. in Union County, PA.
Fall foliage views from the scenic overlook at RB Winter State Park in Union County.

Looking out over Halfway Lake and RB Winter State Park on this chilly October afternoon, it truly felt like the first “real” day of autumn and I was glad for the chance to experience it first-hand.

Fall foliage as viewed from the RB Winter State Park scenic overlook.
Fall foliage as viewed from the RB Winter State Park scenic overlook.

Did you enjoy this fall foliage update?

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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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