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Bowman's Hill

New Hope, Bucks County

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Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, Chester County

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Delaware Canal State Park

Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County

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Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge, Chester County

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Locust Walk

University City

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Cabin Run Bridge

Point Pleasant, Bucks County

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Top Spots to View Fall Foliage in Philadelphia

Our picks for the best spots in the Philly region to see vivid fall colors

All across the Philadelphia region, the leaves are turning from summer green to a vibrant palate of fall reds, oranges and yellows. Grab the family and a picnic lunch and head out to make the most of the colors of the season.

Explore our favorite parks, trails, off-the-beaten-path roads, wineries, museums and more and view the picturesque fall foliage the Philadelphia region.

Peak Foliage: Week of October 17, 2015

Kim Andrews, executive director of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, says that “based on the foliage front of changing leaves, moving from New England to the Mid-Atlantic, peak foliage dates are expected to be October 17 and 18 this year in our area.”

In other words, it should be a gorgeous weekend for folks in the five-county region looking to take in some of the magnificent fall colors. Get out there and enjoy it!

Fall Foliage Getaway

There are many trees to see and beautiful acres to explore in the Philadelphia region, so turn your leaf-watching adventure into a fall weekend getaway. Warm up in the city’s top hotels with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and your car stays free.

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Schuylkill River Trail

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

A 26.5-mile, multi-use path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville

The twisting, turning pathway along the Schuylkill River is a fantastic spot for a brisk fall walk. In addition to great fall foliage, the river trail features spectacular views of Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the city skyline.
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University City

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County

The University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia is framed and subdivided by canopy trees, lawns and meadows. Locust Walk, the main thoroughfare across the campus, is particularly beautiful in the fall. The stately architecture throughout the property adds to the visual display.
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Bowman's Hill

New Hope, Bucks County

The drive along Route 32 from Washington Crossing to New Hope is an excellent day trip that takes you to Bowman’s Hill Tower, from the top of which you get a magnificent vista of stunning fall foliage in every direction. Don’t miss the gazebo nestled among the tall trees of Penn’s Woods arboretum and remember the moonlit walk, which is open to kids as well as adults.
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Delaware Canal State Park

Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County

Revel in the brilliant fall colors while strolling the historic towpath that runs from Easton to Bristol, PA. Once trod by mule teams pulling cargo-laden boats along the canal, the 60-mile towpath is used today by people looking for exercise and recreation.
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Tohickon Valley Park

Pt. Pleasant, Bucks County

Meaning “Deer Bone Creek” in Lenape, Tohickon Creek in Tohickon Valley Park is one of the cleanest in the state and is great for fishing and rafting. Enjoy fall foliage on the water or on land. Also be sure to check out High Rock where 200 feet of shale rise above the creek to offer a gorgeous scenic lookout — great for rock climbers, too.
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Tyler State Park

Newtown, Bucks County

Why not rent a canoe and experience fall out on the water? You can do that and more at Tyler State Park, located off the Newtown Bypass. Or go for a stroll and find the old covered bridge — just follow the signs along the path.
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Nockamixon State Park

Pipersville, Bucks County

As the leaves turn to hues of crimson and gold, Bucks County residents and visitors flock to Nockamixon State Park to take in the foliage. Offering more than 1,450 acres and four public launching areas, Lake Nockamixon is a popular spot for boating of all kinds, and park visitors may enjoy a variety of activities throughout the year.
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French Creek State Park

Elverson, Chester County

Hopewell Lake at French Creek State Park is famous for fall scenery, but the 40 miles of trails make it the perfect fall getaway for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
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Jenkins Arboretum

Devon, Chester County

More than a mile of paved walkways run through the woods of this majestic botanical garden, making it the perfect fall foliage spot for all ages. For those looking to get a little more exercise, Jenkins Arboretum also offers free self-guided tours with maps throughout the property and the nearby conservation woodlands.
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Marsh Creek State Park

Downingtown, Chester County

The 535-acre Marsh Creek Lake is a popular destination for boaters, but the surrounding forests, fields and wetlands are packed with fantastic trails perfect for a fall excursion.
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Northbrook Canoe Company

Chester, Chester County

Northbrook Canoe Company's season runs through the end of October, which is perfect for those wanting to check out the fall foliage from a kayak, canoe or tube. Located along the scenic Brandywine River in Chester County, Pennsylvania (about an hour southwest of Philadelphia), Northbrook offers an amazing way to tour the Brandywine Valley and Wyeth Country. Coast downstream along the calm, meandering river and take in the beautiful, colorful countryside.
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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Chadds Ford, Delaware County

Art and nature come together in a scenic riverside setting

The artistic talents of the Wyeth family are on full display at this picturesque museum seated along the Brandywine River. Venture outside and see the beautiful countryside that inspired Andrew Wyeth to paint his signature landscapes.
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Chaddsford Winery

Chadds Ford, Delaware County

Enjoy a locally grown and produced wine in Chester County or at Peddler’s Village

Nestled in the Brandywine Valley, the Chaddsford Winery is a wonderful spot for a fall excursion. Explore the lush landscape then warm up with an award-winning bottle (or two) from the winery.
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Ridley Creek State Park

Media, Delaware County

The creek is stocked for trout fishing and the trails are perfect for fall foraging at Ridley Creek State Park. Expect gorgeous views, waterfalls, epic views and vibrant fall colors.
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Tyler Arboretum

Media, Delaware County

One of the region’s oldest and largest public gardens in the area, featuring 17 miles of trails, educational programs and history

Tyler Arboretum has been a refuge for tree lovers in the Philadelphia region since the days of William Penn. During autumn, its 650 acres are ablaze with seasonal color.
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Evansburg State Park

Collegeville, Montgomery County

Take your pick of meadows, forests, farmland or fields for your fall foliage adventure at Evansburg State Park. Heads up to golf enthusiasts: Check out the 18-hole Skippack Golf Club located within the park.
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