Location: Northwestern Pennsylvania
Distance: About 80 miles
Peak color: First week of October
A favorite loop for many foliage fanatics, this drive takes about 2 hours and goes right through the heart of Pennsylvania's elk herd (autumn is a particularly good time to hear the bugle call of the elk). This scenic drive begins at St. Mary's on PA 120, travels through Bucktail State Park, Lock Haven, Renovo and the mountains of Emporium along the west branch of the Susquehanna River and the Sinnemahoning Creek and back to St. Marys on PA 255. The fall colors are breathtaking and people drive many miles to attend the Flaming Foliage Festival at Renovo the second weekend of October. If shopping is your passion, then allow time to visit the Woolrich Outlet Store in nearby Woolrich, PA. A nice detour if you want great fall photos is Hyner View State Park in Clinton County, a popular and dramatic location for viewing the fall foliage.