Fall foliage season is here, and the beautiful colors will start popping up soon. When it comes to Pennsylvania, we always get an array of beautiful autumn shades to enjoy throughout September and October. As it turns out, Pennsylvania even has one of the best national forests in the U.S. to see fall foliage.
The crew at Outsideonline.com has put together a list of the 12 best national forests in the U.S. to see fall foliage. “Sure, you could soak up the seasonal splendor with other leaf peepers in a national park,” they state in the story. “But, given that thick woodlands provide the best fall-foliage scenery—the more trees, the better—why not head to one of the U.S. Forest Service’s more than 150 national forests? As a bonus, skipping national parks could help you enjoy the autumn hues amid fewer crowds.”
“From the scarlet hemlocks and birches of New England to the bright-yellow cottonwoods and aspens that decorate the Mountain West, here are 12 top national forests for foliage,” they add.
So, which Pennsylvania national forest made the list? Allegheny National Forest. The peak color prediction is mid-October, so you have plenty of time to plan a trip. “More than 500,000 acres of crimson and gold hardwoods make Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest a top leaf-peeping destination,” the article states. “Located in northwest Pennsylvania and open for free public access year-round, the forest contains 87 miles of the multi-state North Country Trail that runs from North Dakota to Vermont. It’s also a haven for paddlers and anglers, with smallmouth bass, catfish, and walleye in the 30-mile-long Allegheny Reservoir.” Note that if you’re in Philadelphia, this is a long road trip at 5 hours. But, it could be worth it. Find the full list of the 12 best national forests in the U.S. to see fall foliagehere.