Pennsylvania Fall Foliage

Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world.

Only three regions of the world support deciduous forests that display fall autumn color:

  • Eastern North America
  • The British Isles and parts of northwestern Europe
  • Northeastern China and northern Japan

Feathers of Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvania’s location between 40° and 42° North latitude and its varied topography from sea level on the coastal plain to over 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134 species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn color.

Pennsylvania is the meeting ground of northern trees that flourish only on mountain tops farther south and southern species that are at the northern limits of their range.

Northern tree species include:

  • Gray and paper (white) birches
  • Mountain maple
  • American mountain ash
  • Quaking aspen
  • Pin (fire) cherry

Southern tree species include:

  • Black gum
  • Black walnut
  • Pignut hickory
  • Flowering dogwood
  • Southern red and scarlet oaks
  • Sweetbay and umbrella magnolias
  • Persimmon
  • Pawpaw

Resources: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

Cowans Gap State Park

Cowans Gap State Park is a 1,085-acre park in the beautiful Allens Valley of Fulton County.

A 42-acre lake, large campground, rustic cabins, and many hiking trails are prime attractions.

Buchanan State Forest surrounds the park, providing additional options for recreation and natural beauty in all seasons.

 

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park

Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park is an 18.5-acre park nestled in a gap of Tuscarora Mountain in Franklin County. The park and the surrounding forested mountains offer an abundance of beauty throughout the year.

In addition to the president’s memorial, there are:

  • Two picnic pavilions
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Drinking water

Resources: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources