Leaf Peepers’ Paradise Spots Across the Mid-Atlantic September 7, 2021 by MATPRA Admin (Mid-Atlantic Region, September 7, 2021) — From weekend getaways to long road trips to short scenic drives, the Mid-Atlantic is a leaf peepers’ paradise. Visitors flock to the region’s popular fall foliage destinations to see leaves change from the lush greens of summer to the bright golds, oranges, and reds of autumn. Special events and local landmarks across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia highlight the region’s transformation from summer to fall. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org. Delaware Delaware’s Quaint Villages Experience the seasonal spectacle of wildlife that makes its way through Delaware’s Quaint Villages as birds of every variety migrate south during the fall season. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located in the heart of Delaware, is a nationally recognized bird watchers and photographers’ paradise. Kent County Tourism, John Doerfler, VisitDelawareVillages.com, email@example.com Greater Wilmington This region is one of the country’s most undiscovered fall foliage destinations. Explore the country roads of Chateau Country, taking in the stunning hues of changing leaves while exploring the region’s grand estates and gardens, scenic river, and covered bridges. Or, leave the car behind and take a fall foliage-themed ride on the historic Wilmington & Western Railroad. Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jen Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Maryland State of Maryland Visitors fall in love with Maryland during the autumn season, with the beautiful foliage in the mountains to the colors gleaming off the Chesapeake Bay. Stroll along the C&O Canal towpath, head to Maryland’s horse country and then indulge in a crab feast, as crabs are heaviest in October. Maryland Office of Tourism, Matthew Scales, VisitMaryland.org, email@example.com Allegany County Enjoy fall in Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, by riding through the leaves … literally! From rail biking with Tracks and Yaks to excursions on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, from driving through Green Ridge State Forest to bicycling the Great Allegheny Passage, there’s a ride for everyone! Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, MDMountainside.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Annapolis & Anne Arundel County The Bay Bridge Paddle, Anne Arundel County Fair, Maryland Seafood Festival, Lifeline 100 Bicycling Event, and Maryland Renaissance Festival are great reasons to visit Annapolis this fall. Along with farmers markets, outdoor concerts, and First Sunday Arts Celebrations, they beckon you to enjoy the beauty of nature’s autumn glory. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, email@example.com Calvert County Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland always hosts whimsical events! Enjoy 175 artist booths, 35 performers on four stages, street performers, bubble artists and musicians at “Artsfest,” and indulge your love of all things weird, wild, and wonderful and bizarre at their “Monster Market.” Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, Hilary.Dailey@calvertcountymd.gov Cecil County Experience beautiful autumn countryside and world class equestrian competition at “Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill”, Oct. 14th – 17th. One of only 7 such events world-wide, it offers food, fun, vendors, international equestrian competition, and more. Come early to enjoy Cecil County’s small towns, Chesapeake Bay cuisine, scenic waterfront, and outdoor recreation. Cecil County Tourism, Sandy Turner, SeeCecil.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Harford County King and Queen Seat, a 190-foot-high rock outcrop overlooking Deer Creek in Rocks State Park, provides a spectacular vantage point to see leaves change color. Stroll Eden Mill or Ma and Pa Trails as the leaves fall on your path. An illuminated fall event, Garden Glow, returns to Ladew Gardens in October. Visit Harford, Mindy Schneider, VisitHarford.com, email@example.com Kent County A getaway to Kent County is an amazing way to make memories! Explore quaint waterfront towns on a bike ride or embark on a sunset cruise to view the hues of fall. Enjoy art galleries, specialty shopping, and an award-winning farmers’ and artisans’ market. Sip and savor home-grown wines and spirits, harvest ripe grapes or horseback ride through the rural landscape. Kent County Tourism, Jana Carter, KentCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Talbot County On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Bay glistens with fall colors, migrating birds rest their wings, and autumn traditions are celebrated during Talbot County’s 50th Waterfowl Festival in downtown Easton! This unique family fall festival features diving dog and retriever competitions, art vendors, tastings, calling contests, decoy auction, and more! Talbot County Office of Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, email@example.com Pennsylvania Allegheny National Forest Enjoy the amazing colors of fall from the Kinzua Sky Walk, “One of the top 10 most scenic skywalks in the world,” stretching 624 feet into the Kinzua Gorge. Enjoy “leaf peeping” as you cruise along the Longhouse National Scenic Byway located in the Allegheny National Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania. Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Linda Devlin, VisitANF.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Bradford County Travel Route 6 across beautiful Bradford County to capture spectacular scenery of the season! From panoramic views at Marie Antoinette Overlook to the colorful mountains experienced from Wyalusing Rocks, the county is the place to celebrate autumnal splendor. Small towns along the route make Bradford County a fantastic fall destination! Bradford County Tourism, Morgan Christopher, VisitBradfordCounty.com, email@example.com Butler County Moraine State Park features stunning fall foliage. Capture breathtaking views on Preston’s Pearl, a new tour boat at the Park. This enclosed pontoon boat has an upper deck for outdoor viewing, and offers cruises on weekends through October where passengers will learn about the Park’s history and wildlife. Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Tiffany Hernandez, VisitButlerCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Clearfield County With the changing of the weather brings a joyous time among Clearfield County that many local residents and tourists get excited about. The hillsides are painted with bright hues of red, orange, and yellows which make Clearfield County one of the top places for a beautiful Fall scenic visit. Visit Clearfield County, Josiah Jones, VisitClearfieldCounty.org, email@example.com Cumberland Valley Explore scenic backroads and hundreds of miles of hiking trails this autumn to find an array of fall colors in the Cumberland Valley. Experience several fall festivals nearly every weekend from mid-September to late October like Apple Festival and Pumpkin Fest. Mid-Late October is peak fall foliage. Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau, Aaron Jumper, VisitCumberlandValley.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Endless Mountains Scenic byways of the Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania feature some of the most spectacular foliage on the East Coast. Waterfall trails at Ricketts Glen, vistas at Worlds End State Park, trails in Loyalsock Forest and the D-H Rail Trail offer visitors an autumn oasis in this part of Pennsylvania! Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Morgan Christopher, EndlessMountains.org, email@example.com Erie Fiery oranges and reds, warm browns, splashes of purple and radiant golds transform Erie Pennsylvania into a dazzling display of colors. Ideal fall foliage views include Presque Isle State Park, historic Pennsylvania Route 6, Great Lakes Seaway Trail and Erie’s sprawling countryside. For the best views, visit us mid-October! Visit Erie, Chris Temple, VisitErie.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Gettysburg Travel Adams County’s country roads through orchards, valleys and the Historic Gettysburg National Military Park all brimming with colorful fall foliage. Sip on craft hard cider, pick an apple or two, eat apple cider donuts and attend perfect sweater weather festivals such as the National Apple Harvest Festival to round out the perfect fall Gettysburg getaway. Destination Gettysburg, Rachel Wright, DestinationGettysburg.com, email@example.com Lancaster County In the heart of beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County’s fall foliage season is primarily late September through early November. Great ways to experience leaf-peeping here include hiking, a covered bridge driving tour, a round on the (golf) links, and views from a hot air balloon, zipline, or electric scooter. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Laurel Highlands Mountain vistas, historic highways, fertile farmlands and thousands of acres of unspoiled state parks, Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands is the ideal destination for a fun, family leaf-peeping getaway. Take a drive under a canopy of colors on scenic byways and through picturesque covered bridges. GO Laurel Highlands, Anna Weltz, GoLaurelHighlands.com/fall, email@example.com Lawrence County A fall foliage driving tour of Western Pennsylvania’s Amish Countryside provides a glimpse of life into the Old Order Amish. Drive the back roads through Banks Covered Bridge, past Amish farms, schoolhouses and craft shops. There is never a shortage of beauty in the Amish Countryside. Visit Lawrence County, Janet Falotico, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Lehigh Valley The autumn months wash Lehigh Valley in brilliant reds and vibrant oranges, the air crisp and full of new opportunities. From apple orchards beckoning for you to pick your own varieties to corn mazes just waiting to get lost in – Lehigh Valley does fall right. Discover Lehigh Valley, Alicia Quinn, DiscoverLehighValley.com/fall, email@example.com Potter County – Tioga County The difference between Arizona’s & Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyons? Being covered with trees, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is the better one to enjoy the beauty of Fall Foliage each year! From the parks at each rim of the canyon, to an Ole Covered Wagon ride along Pine Creek Trail on the floor, this is the premiere destination to celebrate the season. Visit Potter-Tioga, Morgan Christopher, VisitPotterTioga.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Pocono Mountains The Pocono Mountains are ablaze with hues of red, orange and yellow come autumn, thanks to the area’s 127 species of indigenous trees, plants and shrubs. From hopping in the car to climbing aboard a fall foliage train or chairlift, there are many ways to enjoy autumn across the region. Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Brianna Strunk, PoconoMountains.com, email@example.com Reading, Berks County There’s no better place to experience the spectacular colors of fall than Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. From the lookouts of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to the trails of Hopewell Big Woods at French Creek State Park, you’ll be surrounded by color. For an exceptional leaf-peeping journey, plan a visit to Berks County, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, Lisa Haggerty, VisitPaAmericana.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Virginia Charlottesville and Albemarle County With close proximity to scenic drives like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, Charlottesville & Albemarle County make for the perfect leaf peeping destination. The leaves also pop with color on the pedestrian Downtown Mall, the University of Virginia, vineyards, and the area’s historic sites. Charlottesville & Albemarle County CVB, Brantley Ussery, VisitCharlottesville.org, email@example.com Lexington & Rockbridge County Get your motor running in Lexington and Rockbridge County, VA! Leaf-peepers will be awe-struck by the vibrant fall colors from iconic byways and overlooks, including the Blue Ridge Parkway, Daniel Boone’s western migration route the Great Wagon Road, and the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway following the Maury River into WV. Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism, Patty Williams, LexingtonVirginia.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Loudoun County Celebrate fall in DC’s Wine Country where vine-covered slopes along the Blue Ridge Mountains turn a beautiful red and gold. Enjoy harvest events at some 40-plus wineries during Virginia Wine Month (October), meet farm animals, pick pumpkins and get spooked at Shocktober- named one of the country’s scariest haunted houses. Visit Loudoun, Jennifer Sigal, VisitLoudoun.org, email@example.com Norfolk Head over to Norfolk Botanical Gardens to take in the seasonal foliage and bring your favorite furry friend to their Sunday Dog Days events. For a little extra adventure, enjoy the beautiful colors of the clouds on the water with a sunset kayaking excursion. Visit Norfolk, Nicole Nussbaum, VisitNorfolk.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Orange County The Fall season in OCVA is like your favorite sweater, cozy and comfortable, it feels like home. Scenic drives with blue ridge mountain views, lush craft beverages, farm fresh comfort foods, small town strolling, steeplechase racing, PYO orchards and bucket list activities; the largest corn maze in the US! Orange County, Virginia Tourism, Lori Landes-Carter VisitOrangeVirginia.com, Lcarter@orangecountyva.gov Prince William County Sip on apple cider, a pumpkin spice latte, or craft beer while picking a pumpkin at a local farm. Take a scenic drive, bike ride or hike through Prince William Forest National Park and explore over 5,000 acres of fall foliage or choose to leaf peep from the Potomac River. Prince William County Office of Tourism, Nicole Warner, VisitPWC.com, email@example.com Shenandoah County The word Shenandoah evokes a sense of beauty. Shenandoah County is filled with a blend of spectacular fall foliage, and sweet small town charm. Immerse yourself in the landscape, visit family farms, the corn maze or go pumpkin picking; shop for local art, and indulge in the flavors of fall. Shenandoah County Tourism, Brenda Black, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Shenandoah Valley Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are iconic mountain drives that crest the Blue Ridge Mountains, looking across the Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah River below. Hundreds of miles of spectacular hiking, cycling, and paddling adventures await. Gorgeous small cities, museums, orchards, vineyards and breweries delight at every turn. Shenandoah Valley Travel Association, Kathy Moore, VisitShenandoah.org, email@example.com Staunton Fall is coming and there’s no better way to welcome the sweater weather than by traveling to Staunton, VA! A trip to the Queen City has plenty to offer craft-beer-connoisseurs, adventure-seeking outdoor lovers, and seasonally-inspired foodies—or just about anyone looking for an excellent weekend getaway. Visit Staunton, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Virginia’s Blue Ridge From trails to towns, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains make the perfect backdrop for every fall adventure. Explore 1000+ miles of trails, including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, or attend GO Outside Fest as it makes a big move to Downtown Roanoke with stunt shows, beer gardens and more. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Taylor Spellman, VisitVBR.com, email@example.com West Virginia Hampshire County Travel through Hampshire County’s 2 lane paradise from Capon Spring through Capon Bridge to Romney and experience the multi-colored world of rolling hills and old forests. Explore fall foliage by foot to scenic overlooks, by kayak/canoe down river or by train through a natural trough where bald eagles nest. Hampshire County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jonathan Bellingham, cometohampshire.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Take a look at fall foliage images from across the Mid-Atlantic. Please be sure to provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.