The Susquehanna River Valley sits at the confluence where the North and West Branches of the majestic Susquehanna River meet. The region’s hills and valleys, fields and forests and authentic downtowns are mirrored within its pristine waters, and the image transforms with every season. From the soft white of winter to the pale watercolors of spring and from the green shades of summer to the reds and golds of fall, life along the river is colorful and breathtaking.
Leaf-peeping is one of the favorite pastimes of visitors and river valley residents, and it can be enjoyed in various ways. Some utilize the river itself; paddlers find themselves surrounded by the colors of the season along the banks of the river and reflected in the surface of the water. Others seek undiscovered (or well defined) trails via bicycle. The river valley boasts paved roads, gravel lanes and mountain trails for every level of cyclist. Moreover, the crisp, cool autumn air provides the perfect conditions for cycling leaf-peepers. Hikers also find autumn temperatures ideal for taking in the season’s splendor. With four state parks, a multitude of designated natural areas and a 10.28-mile rail trail, the Susquehanna River Valley is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Of course, many visitors choose to hop in the car and wind through the region’s country roads and byways to discover nature at its best.
While here, travelers discover that fall in the Susquehanna River Valley offers much more than spectacular views and wide-open spaces. The season is the perfect time to find festivals, corn mazes, wagon rides and autumn adventures for the entire family. The region is home to family-friendly attractions, local museums, and art centers. Treasure seeking is an activity that is always in season and the antique shops, downtown boutiques and artists’ nooks of the region provide ample hunting ground.
The flavors of fall can be enjoyed throughout the region in cultural favorites and ethnic originals. Surrounded by farmland, our regional restaurateurs showcase local farm fresh produce, meats, and dairy in their signature dishes – creating culinary delights to inspire even the most discerning palette. Area wineries and breweries also highlight fall flavors and many boast relaxing patios or cozy nooks in which to unwind and reflect on your day’s discoveries. Residents and visitors to the Susquehanna River Valley find inspiration for themselves at roadside stands, orchards and farm markets stocked with local apples, squash, and sweet potatoes. Autumn in the region provides endless delights for all five senses.
Close to home and easy to reach, the Susquehanna River Valley is centrally located just an hour north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Our proximity to major interstates (80, 81, 11 and 15) makes us the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Mid-Atlantic urban life. It is also the ideal location for family gatherings whether holiday party, reunion, or wedding.
Let us help you plan your next fall adventure in the Susquehanna River Valley. At VisitCentralPA.org you will find an abundance of information about lodging, outdoor recreation, state forests, waterways, leaf-peeping trails, regional communities, and the amenities found within each. For further assistance, contact our team at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau at 800-525-7320. We can help you with itineraries, information, and directions. Ask about receiving a copy of our Official Guide to the Susquehanna River Valley and be sure to visit us at the Route 15 Visitor Center located at 81 Hafer Rd., Lewisburg when you arrive. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful region!