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 a clockwise direction, but you could drive it counterclockwise as well and enjoy all 4 destination just the same!
1. Black Moshannon State Park
Stop number one on this road trip is Black Moshannon State Park, comprised of 3,394 acres of forests and wetlands in Centre County, and is further surrounded by 43,000 acres of the Moshannon State Forest.
At the heart of the park is the 250 acre Black Moshannon Lake, a fantastic spot for swimming, boating, fishing, and bird-watching.
2. Bald Eagle State Park
Stop number two on this Centre County fall foliage road trip is Bald Eagle State Park, the largest of the 5 state parks near State College, at 5,900 acres.
The centerpiece of Bald Eagle State Park is Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, a 1,730 acre lake that was formed by damming Bald Eagle Creek and a few smaller streams, providing the perfect setting for gorgeous fall foliage views.
3. Pennsylvania Military Museum
A military museum may seem like an odd choice for a fall foliage tour stop number three, but the Pennsylvania Military Museum grounds in Boalsburg are awash in color every October.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Centre County honors the service of Pennsylvanians in all branches of the military, from colonial times to the present day.
There is no fee to walk the grounds, and only a small fee if you want to take it indoors and explore the 18,000 square-foot museum, which houses an impressive collection of weapons, uniforms, vehicles, and photographs of Pennsylvania’s citizen-soldiers answering the call of duty in all of America’s major armed conflicts.
4. Centre Furnace Mansion
Centre Furnace Mansion on the eastern edge of State College is the fourth and final stop on this Centre County fall foliage road trip.
Centre Furnace Mansion is not only linked to the birth of the iron industry in this region, but it’s also the birthplace of the Farmers High School of Pennsylvania in 1855, now better known as Penn State!
So there you have it – a 79-mile fall foliage road trip through Centre County, stopping off at both beautiful natural attractions and historic landmarks as well.
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