Autumn is officially here, which means temperatures are dropping, pumpkin-spiced flavors are back, and our favorite—the leaves in the Pittsburgh area are starting to turn red, yellow and orange!
According to Visit PA’s Oct. 7 fall foliage report, Pittsburgh’s leaves are showing about 30 to 35 percent of full color, so there’s still time to head out and take in some of the season’s most beautiful sights. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also offers an interactive fall foliage map for anyone interested in seeing how the colors are coming along throughout the state.
If you want to catch the foliage during its peak, here are a few ways to do so:
- The Gateway Clipper hosts a Fall Foliage Tour in October. Visitors can experience the area’s bright colors while enjoying a meal and entertainment on one of the fleet’s riverboats.
- If boats aren’t your thing, consider taking in autumn’s vibrant colors on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Pittsburgh’s urban trail system gives visitors the opportunity to see the colorful leaves among the city’s skyline.
- Allegheny County parks, such as Boyce Park, South Park, Hartwood Acres and North Park have wooded areas and trails, ensuring that anyone in the area can see the leaves during their peak no matter where they live.
- If you don’t mind taking a short drive, the Laurel Highlands region, which is a little more than an hour from the City of Pittsburgh, offers some pretty spectacular views in the fall. The area is home to Mount Davis, Pennsylvania’s highest mountain elevation; Ohiopyle State Park; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.
Where do you like to go to see Pittsburgh’s fall foliage? Tell us in the comments!