1491 Mill Run Road
Mill Run, PA 15464
Set deep in the heart of the Laurel Highlands you’ll find the inimitable Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater home. Built over a stream and surrounded by nature, Fallingwater is perhaps Wright’s greatest example of a structure designed to exist in harmony with nature. The area is surrounded by oak, maple and walnut trees. During the peak of fall foliage you’d be hard pressed to find a more enchanting environment to witness the arrival of the season. Click here to purchase tickets to the Fallingwater tour.
159 Riverview Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Riverview Park on Pittsburgh’s North Side is characterized by dense wood lots and steep terrain. In other words, it is the perfect spot to take in this autumn’s foliage. Among the many attractions that reside upon the 287 acres of Riverview Park are the Allegheny Observatory and the Chapel Shelter. The Chapel Shelter was once a Presbyterian church but now serves as a “historic” picnic shelter and a seasonal hotspot for enjoying all things outdoors.
6500 Park Way St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Frick Park is easily the largest of the metropolitan Pittsburgh-area parks. Few places within city limits boast such picturesque natural settings as Frick Park, both year round and during the autumn months. Be sure to stop by Frick Environmental Center, the Frick Woods Nature Reserve, the Frick Art & History Center, and the Nine Mile Run Watershed. The unique attractions and vast acreage characteristic here provide entertainment, leisure and education for visitors of all ages and interests.
Fort Hill, PA 15440
Witness autumn’s arrival from the top of Pennsylvania’s highest mountain point, right here in Forbes State Forest. It’s about an hour’s hike from the Mount Davis picnic area to the summit on the High Point trail. Be sure to bring a camera and arrive early because the high elevation can cause the leaves to change as much as three weeks earlier than lower-lying areas. If you’re not up for mountain climbing, explore the forest for photos of the old iron furnace set amongst the leaves.
Simmons Farm Autumn Hayride
170 Simmons Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Price: $12 hayride and pick your own pumpkin
Each year, thousands of Pittsburghers get their Halloween pumpkins at the Simmons Farm Market on Route 19, near the border of Peters Township and Upper St. Clair. The farm itself, located about three miles away, offers one of the best all-inclusive fall celebrations in the area. Enjoy the autumn atmosphere at Simmons with a hayride and a cup of apple cider. Activities include a corn maze, a petting zoo and a five-acre, pick-your-own pumpkin patch. The fall festival hayrides are great for kids, couples and anyone else who loves the autumn season.