As summer fades, the crisp smell of leaves and cool breeze of fall is just days away. The following are some social distancing friendly activities recommended by the PA Route 6 Alliance that will be sure to make the fall season a hit.
Fall is synonymous with colorful leaves, so what time could be better to visit scenic overlooks?:
-The PA Grand Canyon provides a breathtaking view and can easily be seen from Leonard Harrison Park and Colton Point State Park on the sides of the 47-mile long gorge.
-The Marie Antionette Lookout, in Bradford County, provides an expansive view of fall foliage, along with the former location of historic French Azilum, a French refugee settlement that is believed to have been created as a safe haven for Marie Antionette.
-Take the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad through Oil Creek State Park, which is known as the birthplace of the oil industry. On your journey, you will see colorful autumn leaves and possibly some old oil equipment as well.
-Though the Kinzua Bridge was ravaged by a tornado on July 21, 2003, a restored portion called the Kinzua Sky Walk still remains. The Sky Walk, which stands 225 feet from the ground, gives a breathtakingly beautiful view of the valley below.
-Presque Isle State Park has considerably fewer visitors in the fall, so go ahead and hike the trails and experience the beauty of the surrounding trees.
-Hop aboard one of the Stourbridge Line’s vintage railroad coaches and enjoy a journey along the Lackawaxen River. Next, hike up Irving Cliff, where you will get a great view of the Heritage Community of Honesdale and the Pocono Mountains.
For more suggestions around Pennsylvania, visit www.visitpa.com
Many fond fall memories include a visit to a pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween. Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, N.Y., is a family tradition for many in the area.
Visitors can enjoy pumpkin flavored treats, hot chocolate and apple cider while engaging in a wide variety of children friendly activities, including a haunted barn, storytelling area. For an additional fee, patrons can even ride a train, work an apple blaster or join in on the fun with the Ellicottville Mining Co. Pumpkins are also available for purchase.
Pumpkinville is open from Sept. 12 through Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s important to note that visitor capacity is limited this year due to the pandemic, and all employees and guests must wear a mask at all times. For more information, call 716-699-2205.