The Best Fall Foliage Views



Experience one of nature’s greatest performances and watch the seasons change right before your eyes as fall paints its way across the Valley. It’s a sight like no other, so make sure you’re at the right place at the right time with this guide to fall foliage in the Lebanon Valley.


    The leaves change on different dates and at different rates across the state of Pennsylvania. So, while a drive through Susquehanna County may be full of fall colors, the oak tree in your Lebanon County neighborhood might still be holding on to its green color. Mark your calendars and get to leaf peeping in the Valley at the right time using this estimated fall foliage schedule*:

    Week of October 9: Leaves are starting to change

    Week of October 16: Leaves are approaching their best color

    Week of October 23: Leaves display their best color

    Week of October 30: Leaves are beginning to fade

    Week of November 6: Color is all or nearly all gone

    *Dates subject to change. Based off of estimates from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,


    Now that you’ve got the right time, ensure you get to the right place with this list of the best spots to view fall foliage in the Lebanon Valley. From treelined trails to an observation tower, the Valley has views of the changing seasons from every angle.

    Clarence Schock Park at Governor Dick

    Hike to the summit of the Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick to catch a 360-degree view of Lebanon County and the surrounding four counties. The entire park offers over 14 miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails and provides habitat for many animal and bird species.
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    Lebanon Valley Rail Trail

    One notable trail that winds itself through the Lebanon Valley is the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail. This mixed-use greenway offers users of all ages and abilities the opportunity to explore the social and industrial history of our area. Discover Mt. Gretna and it's surrounding areas along the route, or start your trek from Downtown Lebanon and step into our rolling countryside.
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    Memorial Lake State Park

    Grantville, PA – Located on 230 acres, the park is centered around a 45-acre lake which is ideal for boating and fishing. Canoes are available on site. Other family fun activities include: hiking, cross country skiing, ice skating and picnicking.


    Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area

    Stevens, PA - A mecca for wildlife, this 6,254 acre facility is home to pheasants and deer, blue-birds and cottontails and many other wild animals. The area is particularly noted for the thousands upon thousands of ducks, geese and swans that drop in during their spring and fall migrations.


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    Quittapahilla Creek & Nature Park

    Annville, PA - The Quittie Creek Nature Park has become a point of interest in Annville and an attraction for Lebanon County and beyond. Its central walking path meanders beside the spring-fed Quittapahilla Creek, a restored trout stream.

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    Swatara State Park

    The 3,520-acre Swatara State Park provides 18.2 miles of hiking trails for all skill levels including the Swatara Rail Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and local favorite Bear Hole Trail. The greatest treasure along the 4.8 mile Bear Hole Trail is the Bordner Cabin and Aycrigg's Waterfall.
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