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Pennsylvania's Spectacular Fall Foliage
Five Scenic Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails
 More of this Feature
• Pt. 1: Autumn in PA
• Pt. 2: Fall Driving Tours
• Pt. 3: Fall Hiking & Biking
• Pt. 4: Tips for Great Fall Photos
• Pt. 5: Western PA Fall Photo Gallery
 Related Resources
• Walking in Western PA
• Biking in Western PA
• Bird Watching/Migration
• Western PA State Parks
 From Other Guides
• Bicycling for the Family
• Bird Photography
• Colorful Autumn Walking
• Mountain Biking in the Fall

 Elsewhere on the Web
• Fall in PA
• Visit Pittsburgh

Autumn is the ideal time for exploring Pennsylvania's forests by foot or on bike - the air is crisp and cool, the trails are dry and the colors up close are simply breathtaking. Enjoy these links to some of the best trails in Western PA for enjoying the fall up close and personal and getting a little exercise at the same time.

Youghiogheny River Trail (walking/biking)
One of the best trails in Western PA for great fall scenery and easy family-friendly walking and biking is the Youghiogheny River Trail in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The trail is built on an old railroad bed (which means it is flat!) and runs for 70 miles from McKeesport (near Pittsburgh) to Confluence. Multiple access points and four camping sites along the trail make it easy to plan a trip, either short or long. Horse-back riding is allowed on the northern section of the trail only - from Connellsville to “little” Boston. The section of the trail which runs through Ohiopyle State Park is especially beautiful.

Roaring Run Ramble (mountain biking)
For mountain bike enthusiasts, this trail in the Laurel Highlands region, Somerset County, offers some of the best singletrack and beautiful fall scenery in Pennsylvania. If you're looking for a slightly easier ride, the 3-mile North Woods Ramble offers excellent views of the mountains of western Pennsylvania. Need more? Check out these Laurel Highlands mountain biking trails.

The Warrior Trail (hiking)
This beautiful hiking trail in Greene County, PA was originally a path used for over 5,000 years by Native Americans heading west to Flint Ridge, OH for supplies of flint. The entire trail runs for 67 miles from Greensboro, PA on the Monongahela River in the east to the Ohio River in West Virginia. There is access at several locations along the trail so you can opt for a long one-day hike if you wish. Several overnight shelters are also available along the trail.

McConnells Mill State Park (walking/hiking)
Several hiking trails, from easy to challenging, along Slippery Rock Creek offer beautiful fall views. The Slippery Rock Gorge Trail is the longest (6 miles) and most challenging. It is designated as part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. For those looking for a shorter adventure, the two-mile Kildoo Nature Trail provides easy access to exciting and beautiful habitats surrounding Slippery Rock Creek.

Moraine State Park (biking/mountain biking)
A paved, seven-mile bicycle trail winds near the shoreline of Lake Arthur in this beautiful state park. For those looking for a more rugged adventure, there is a six-mile loop trail for mountain bikes on the North Shore. Trailheads are located off of Mt. Union Road and Alexander Ridge Road.

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