The Ultimate Somerset County Fall Foliage Driving Tour

The Ultimate Somerset County Fall Foliage Driving Tour.

Ready to take the ultimate Somerset County fall foliage road trip?!

A map of the ultimate Somerset County fall foliage driving tour.
A map of the ultimate Somerset County fall foliage driving tour.

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).

A lone fisherman on Brush Creek below the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
October at the Pack Saddle Covered Bridge in Somerset County, PA.

And the best part about this fall foliage road trip – it takes you to all three of these sites, as well as seven others!

Walking path near the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza.
Walking path near the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza.

Somerset County and the Laurel Highlands region was named the third best place in the entire United States by USA Today for spectacular fall foliage views, and this 103 mile road trip I’ve laid out for you will show you why.

A fly fisherman on Laurel Hill Creek at Laurel Hill State Park in Pennsylvania.
A fly fisherman on Laurel Hill Creek at Laurel Hill State Park.

I’ve selected locations that can either be viewed from your vehicle, or by a walk of less than 5 minutes, so that just about anyone can enjoy this, the ULTIMATE Somerset County fall foliage driving tour!

Fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

I’m going to describe this road trip by going in a counterclockwise direction, but you could just as easily drive to all 10 locations in a clockwise direction and enjoy the fall foliage every bit as much!

Patriotic barn along Faidley Road in Somerset County PA
Patriotic barn along Faidley Road in Somerset County


1. The Somerset Historical Center

Stop number one on the ultimate Somerset County fall foliage road trip is the Somerset Historical Center (GPS coordinates 40.070428, -79.080873), a combination indoor rural history museum and outdoor collection of historic structures that were moved to the 150-acre grounds to preserve them.

Fall foliage at the Somerset Historical Center in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage at the Somerset Historical Center in Somerset County.

There is a small fee to tour the museum (check the most current hours and admission prices HERE); there is no fee to walk the grounds and enjoy the fall foliage.

Fall foliage at Walters Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA
Walter’s Mill Covered Bridge at the Somerset Historical Center.

2. Laurel Hill State Park

Stop number two on this Somerset County fall foliage road trip is Laurel Hill State Park (park office at GPS coordinates 40.009878, -79.224637).

Fall foliage around the entrance to Laurel Hill State Park on October 10th, 2021.
Fall foliage around the entrance to Laurel Hill State Park on October 10th, 2021.

Many of the beautiful scenes at this 4,000 acre park can be seen by driving though the park, such as Laurel Hill Lake (pictured below).

Kayakers on Laurel Hill Lake in October.
Kayakers on Laurel Hill Lake in October.

Of course you can get out and explore more of the park if you are willing and able, but even if you can’t or choose not to, there are LOTS of fantastic fall foliage views to be had by simply driving through Laurel Hill State Park.

Fall foliage reflected on Laurel Hill Lake at Laurel Hill State Park.
Fall foliage reflected on Laurel Hill Lake at Laurel Hill State Park.

3. Cole Run Falls

Stop number 3 on this Somerset County fall foliage road trip is Cole Run Falls (GPS coordinates 39.972979, -79.284007), an almost-roadside waterfall in the Forbes State Forest.

Fall foliage at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage at Cole Run Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

The top of Cole Run Falls is less than 100 yards from the parking area; an obvious trail leads you down the bank to a vantage point below the falls if you want to see them from there.

An autumn view of Cole Run Falls in Somerset County, PA.
An autumn view of Cole Run Falls in Somerset County, PA.

4. Barronvale Covered Bridge

Stop number four is the Barronvale Covered Bridge (GPS coordinates 39.953030, -79.269958), the longest covered bridge in Somerset County.

Laurel Highlands fall foliage in full swing at the Barronvale Covered Bridge, Somerset County PA
Laurel Highlands fall foliage in full swing at the Barronvale Covered Bridge, Somerset County PA

Built in 1830, the Barronvale Bridge is no longer open to vehicular traffic, but you can certainly walk through it and enjoy the fabulous fall foliage views all around.

Autumn arrives in the Laurel Highlands at the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA.
Autumn arrives in the Laurel Highlands at the Barronvale Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA.

5. Cranberry Glade Lake

Cranberry Glade Lake (GPS coordinates 39.907467, -79.370142) is stop number five on the ultimate Somerset County fall foliage road trip.

Fall foliage at Cranberry Glade Lake in the PA Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage at Cranberry Glade Lake in Somerset County.

Cranberry Glade Lake is a 112 acre lake owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Fall foliage in the foreground, wind farm in the background at Cranberry Glade Lake on State Game Lands 111 in Somerset County, PA.
Fall foliage in the foreground, wind farm in the background at Cranberry Glade Lake on State Game Lands 111 in Somerset County, PA.

6. Lower Humbert Covered Bridge

Stop number six on this fall foliage road trip is the Lower Humbert Covered Bridge (GPS coordinates 39.84013, -79.32318).

Autumn at Lower Humbert Covered Bridge
Fall foliage around the Lower Humbert Covered Bridge in Somerset County.

The Lower Humbert Covered Bridge spans Laurel Hill Creek and is still open to vehicular traffic.

Lower Humbert Covered Bridge over Laurel HIll Creek in Somerset County PA
Lower Humbert Covered Bridge over Laurel Hill Creek in Somerset County PA

7. Mount Davis

Mount Davis (GPS coordinates 39.78587, -79.17672) is the highest point in Pennsylvania, at 3, 213 feet above sea level.

Geologic history of Mount Davis in Somerset County.
Geologic history of Mount Davis in Somerset County.

There are several overlooks near the summit of Mount Davis; the Camp Buckey Overlook is my favorite in the fall.

The view from Camp Buckey Overlook in October.
The view from Camp Buckey Overlook in October.

8. The Pack Saddle Covered Bridge

The Pack Saddle Bridge (GPS coordinates 39.867592, -78.817354) is stop number eight on the ultimate Somerset County Fall Foliage road trip.

Approaching the Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County, PA.
Approaching the Pack Saddle Bridge in Somerset County.

The Pack Saddle Bridge spans Brush Creek and is still open to vehicular traffic.

View of the Pack Saddle Bridge from Brush Creek.
View of the Pack Saddle Bridge from Brush Creek.

9. New Baltimore Covered Bridge

Stop number nine on this fall foliage road trip is the New Baltimore Covered Bridge (GPS coordinates 39.98690, -78.77235).

The New Baltimore COvered Bridge with Saint John's Church in the background.
The New Baltimore Covered Bridge with Saint John’s Church in the background.

The New Baltimore Covered Bridge spans the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River and is still open to vehicular traffic.

A side view of the New Baltimore Covered Bridge during the peak of fall foliage season.
A side view of the New Baltimore Covered Bridge during the peak of fall foliage season.

10. The Flight 93 National Memorial

The final stop on this Somerset County fall foliage road trip is the Flight 93 National Memorial, some of the most hallowed ground in Pennsylvania (park entrance at GPS coordinates 40.081714, -78.885904).

Approaching the Wall of Names along the Plaza Walkway at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville PA
The Flight 93 National Memorial Wall of Names near Shanksville in Somerset County.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 fought one of the first battles in the war against radical Islamic terrorists in the skies over western Pennsylvania.

The Impact Site of Flight 93 is marked by this large sandstone boulder.
The Impact Site of Flight 93 is marked by this large sandstone boulder.

The Flight 93 National Memorial is a tribute to the bravery, service, and sacrifice of those 40 passengers and crew members.

An autumn view of the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial.
An autumn view of the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

So there you have it – a 103 mile road trip to 10 of the best fall foliage destinations in Somerset County!

Fall foliage view from the boat launch at Cranberry Glade Lake in Somerset County, PA.
Fall foliage view from the boat launch at Cranberry Glade Lake in Somerset County.

If you’re looking for even more fall foliage destinations in the area, be sure to check out 22 Fabulous Fall Foliage Destinations in the Laurel Highlands of PA, which includes additional sites in Somerset, Westmoreland, and Fayette counties.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest, Somerset County.

If you’d like to check out a driving tour of ALL the covered bridges in Somerset County, click HERE to view my extensive write-up on the subject, as well as a link to a FREE, downloadable covered bridges map put out by the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

Fall foliage at Trostletown Covered Bridge in Somerset County Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage at Trostletown Covered Bridge in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

20 PA State Parks Perfect for Fall Foliage Lovers is your guide to 20 of my favorite State Parks for fall foliage viewing.

Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County.

If you’re looking for another unforgettable fall foliage experience, be sure to check out “Where to Find Incredible Fall Foliage Views in the PA Grand Canyon”!

Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park
Looking out over the PA Grand Canyon from Colton Point State Park in Tioga County.

If you love waterfalls AND fall foliage, then be sure to check out “35 PA Waterfalls for Fall Foliage Lovers”!

Fall foliage at Big Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County.
Fall foliage at Big Falls on Heberly Run in Sullivan County.

“The 12 Best Places to View Fall Foliage at Ohiopyle State Park” will give you directions to a dozen of the top spots to view fall foliage at this iconic Laurel Highlands destination.

Fall foliage around the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage views from the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park.

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