1. Allegheny National Forest
The Allegheny National Forest is Pennsylvania's only national forest and offers more than half a million acres of backcountry chock-full of trails and water, making for stunning fall backdrops. Check out the Minister Creek trailhead, located near the middle of this massive forest, for trails of varying lengths; hiking the Middle Loop Trail rewards with a huge vista view at the Minister Valley Overlook.
2. McConnell's Mill State Park
A short 45-minute drive from Pittsburgh, McConnell's Mill State Park offers hiking, climbing and camping with ample opportunity to view fall colors. Hikes of various lengths and difficulty means there is something for everyone throughout this 2,500+ acre park. No matter where you're hiking, be sure to stop by the namesake gristmill for a tour of the old mill from a bygone era.
3. Ohiopyle State Park
Situated near the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border, Ohiopyle State Park is known for it's whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River. With more than 20,000 acres, Ohiopyle is also a great place to catch fall color. This park offers hiking and backpacking for all outdoor enthusiasts. For the serious adventurers, don't miss the 3.4 mile hike to Baughman's Overlook in the Laurel Highlands. This hike is littered with red, yellow and orange leaves.
4. Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Want a family-friendly festival celebrating all things fall, including beautiful changing foliage? Seven Springs Mountain Resort, known for skiing in the winter, welcomes fall with it's Seven Springs Autumn Fest multi-weekend celebration. At the base, indulge in seasonal food, drink and activities. You can hop on the chair lift for a scenic trip to the top to take in beautiful views from the summit. It may not be a hard-earned view, but it's photo-worthy, nonetheless!
When heading out on a day hike, be sure to pack your camera and share your fall adventure photos with Sierra Trading Post on social media using #TrailTime or by entering the Share Your Adventure contest.