Fall Foliage Driving Tours – Lancaster/York

Leaf Peeping in Tioga County

Leaf Peeping in Tioga County

The forecasters lied.  TODAY is the prime day to view the Fall foliage in Lancaster County, at least from my vantage point in Northwestern Lancaster.  The oranges are extreme and brilliant, the yellows subtle with brownish tones, the reds vibrant and warm, and the browns are beginning to hit the ground.  This is my kind of peak.

Here are some of my personal recommendations for leef peeping in Lancaster County today.  But my tip is do it today, in the  next couple of hours, because with a cool front coming in tomorrow, the leaves could look different or be on the ground by tomorrow.

1.  Middle Creek Wildlife Management – this is in Stevens in Northeastern Lancaster County.  Follow the scenic drive throughout the property, and there are easy to walk trails along the lake where you can take in all the reflecting Fall colors.

2.  Pinnacle Overlook – I love anywhere that trees overlook the water.  The Pinnacle has a great view of the Susquehanna River and you are sure to see a lovely palette of color.

3.  Wrightsville to Shanks Mare (York) – Follow route 624 south from Wrightsville to Shanks Mare and beyond.  The water views of the Susquehanna are grand, and you will get to enjoy trees on both sides of the river.  If you have time, rent a kayak and explore the foliage directly from the water.

4.  Route 441 – Columbia to Three Mile Island – Route 441 is lovely and tree lined.  It’s a beautiful drive, particularly on a motorcycle.  To get there, take route 23 (Marietta Avenue) West, as that drive will offer some more Fall scenery as well.


Enjoy the Fall

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