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Best Fall Things to Do in Westmoreland County, PA

Fall is a beautiful time of year in our home county of Westmoreland County, PA. You can find lots of places to visit outdoors to enjoy the colorful fall leaves and the sights, smells, and tastes of the season. Westmoreland Country and the Laurel Highlands are full of fun fall festivals, activities, and things to do. Keep reading to learn more about fall things to do in Westmoreland County!

Fall Things to Do in Westmoreland Country and the Laurel Highlands

Find Fall Leaves in the Laurel Mountains

Explore Westmoreland County’s beautiful state parks and forests. Changes in elevation, topography, weather, and soil composition create forest ecosystems rich in plant and animal species along the 70-mile Laurel Ridge.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources calls the Laurel Highlands a “melting pot” of forest types, namely Northern Hardwoods and Oak-Hickory forests, both known for their colorful tree species. Maples, birches, beeches, red oaks, and ashes dominate the summits and high plateaus, while valleys add white oaks, poplars, and hickories to the mix. Transitional areas, both slow and abrupt, mean both high and low elevations are bursting with color in the fall.

American beech trees turn a beautiful golden color and tend to hold their leaves longer than other trees.

Linn Run State Park

Linn Run is among the most popular state parks in Westmoreland County. Its 610 acres include hiking trails, streams, waterfalls, and scenic vistas. Adam Falls and Flat Rock are the most popular destinations. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables near the stream. The area bursts with color thanks to an abundance of maples and beeches lining the stream.

Pennsylvania is known for its mountain streams, and much of Linn Run State Park’s landscape is shaped by this one.
Adam Falls is gorgeous any time of year, but especially colorful in the fall. Hike over the stream and up the hill to get this picturesque perspective of the falls.

Read more about our favorite hikes in the Laurel Highlands!

Laurel Mountain State Park

Located at nearly 3,000 ft. above sea level, Laurel Mountain State Park is at the top of the Laurel Ridge, giving you a great vantage point for seeing the rolling hills and valleys of the area. While most famous for its historic ski resort, Laurel Mountain provides scenic vistas and hiking trails for less snowy times of year.

Come back in winter to ski at Laurel Mountain State Park!

Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway

Enjoy the comfort of your car while seeing plenty of sights at once on the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway. This driving tour of the Laurel Highlands spans through the county and provides beautiful views of the fall foliage.

Spruce Flats Bog is a rare high-elevation bog featuring wind-warn evergreens and carnivorous plants.

On the Northern Loop, discover diverse foliage at Forbes State Forest, the unique landscape of the Spruce Flats Bog, and stunning views from overlooks at Beam Rocks and Wolf Rocks. Sites outside Westmoreland County include the steep 900-ft. Johnstown Inclined Plane.

On the Southern Loop, explore trails at Seven Springs Mountain Resort and lakeside views at Laurel Hill State Park. Venture out of Westmoreland County to Ohiopyle State Park to continue your exploration.

Visit Pumpkin Patches and Orchards

We’re highlighting some of our favorite places to find pumpkins, pick apples, and enjoy the autumn season in the Laurel Highlands. The Laurel Highlands is full of local pumpkin patches and orchards that provide family friendly fun during the fall

Schramm Farms & Orchards

Family-owned Schramm Farms in Jeannette has supplied the Pittsburgh area with fresh produce since 1864. From the last weekend in September to the end of October, the Fall Festival offers a huge pumpkin patch, corn maze, fun fall displays, a fully stocked bakery, and tasty food including fresh-cut french fries, cider, and caramel apples.

There are lots of nice displays where you can take pictures with friends and family.
Shop for pumpkin and pick up produce for dinner, too!

Sand Hill Berries

With its orchards, shops, winery, and cafes, Sand Hill Berries offers something for everyone.

Find lovely gifts in the farm store, including country-inspired home decor, dried fruit, jams, jellies, and seasonal gifts.

The tasting room at Greendance Winery include dozens of wines to sample.

Greendance Winery includes a beautiful tasting room where you can sample a variety of white, red, and sparkling wines. Their hard apple cider is a warm, delicious seasonal treat that utilizes fresh apples, wine, and sweet seasonings that will immediately put you in the fall spirit.

Don’t forget to get your Laurel Highlands Pour Tour passport stamped, or pick one up if you are just starting your exploration of wines, craft beers, and spirits of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Keep the day going with lunch at the Cabin Cafe. Pick up a hearty sandwich, salad, or savory side and dine in the beautiful courtyard.

This flatbread and pasta salad from Sand Hill Berries’ Cabin Cafe made for a delicious lunch!
Apple pie a la mode…perfect for fall!

And don’t forget dessert! The dessert cafe includes generous slices of pie, ice cream, and cookies. We tried the apple pie and one slice is enough to share!

Visit Historic Sites

Westmoreland County and the Laurel Highlands has a lot of impressive historic sites where you can appreciate the beauty of autumns of yesteryear.

Historic Hanna’s Town is located in the countryside a few miles from downtown Greensburg.

Historic Hanna’s Town

The first county seat of Westmoreland, Historic Hanna’s Town, includes quaint log buildings, guided tours, and exhibits on the history of Westmoreland County. Look for their Fall Family Day and Jack-o’-Lantern Tours at the end of October. Also stop in their museum shop and pick up seasonal gifts.

Get a scenic view of Saint Vincent Basilica in Latrobe from the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

Saint Vincent College

Explore the rolling fields of Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve and the historic campus of Saint Vincent College, which features colorful maple trees in the Melvin Platts courtyard.

Ligonier

The Diamond and its bandstand are the centerpiece of downtown Ligonier. This park is surrounded by small businesses including clothing boutiques, cafes, and candy shops.

There is no shortage of beauty and history in the Ligonier Valley: tour Fort Ligonier, Compass Inn Museum, and the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum, shop local and watch historical reenactments at the ever-popular Fort Ligonier Days, observe skilled craftsmen transform flax into linen at the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival, or trick or treat at Pennsylvania’s oldest amusement park, Idlewild.

The historic village of West Overton includes lots of historic buildings, a fascinating guided tour, and exhibits.

West Overton Village

With more than a dozen historic structures, West Overton Village near Scottdale is a historic farm and whiskey distillery that is also the birthplace of coke tycoon Henry Clay Frick. Tour the 19th century house, barns, springhouse, outdoor kitchen, and gardens while enjoying changing exhibits in the sprawling Distillery Museum. Oh, and did we mention that West Overton has started distilling rye whiskey again? It’s another stop on the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour!

The Lincoln Highway Experience includes a restored 1930s diner where you can relax from your travels through Westmoreland County.

Or take a drive down the old Lincoln Highway and stop in the museum for some pie and coffee!

Westmoreland County and Laurel Highlands Fall Festivals

Fort Ligonier Days

Ligoneir PA, Website

Pumpkin Spice Ligonier

Ligoneir PA, Website

Seven Springs Autumn Fest

Seven Springs Resort, Website

Ohiopyle Fall Events

Ohiopyle PA, Website

Fall Wine West Stone Villa Winery

Acme, Pa Website

Hickory Apple Festival

Mt. Pleasant, PA Website

Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival

Annual Event Mount Pleasant, PA

Friendship Hill Festifall

Friendship Hill Historic Site PA

Delmont Apple-n-Arts Festival

Delmont PA, Website

Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival

Bedford, PA Website

Have fun enjoying Westmoreland County in the fall!

Extend your exploration with lots of fun things to do in the Laurel Highlands and Pittsburgh area, including outdoor destinations, fall festivals, and museums.

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