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7 Epic Fall Foliage Train Rides
Fall is one of the most beautiful times to explore the outdoors in Pennsylvania, and there’s no better way than an old-fashioned train ride, so all aboard! Sit back, grab your camera, and enjoy the fall views ahead.

1. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Lehigh George Scenic Railway

Ride the rails on a vintage coach built as early as 1917 from historic Jim Thorpe into the colorful, scenic views of the Lehigh Gorge State Park on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway The narrated 70-minute, 16-mile round-trip ride follows the majestic Lehigh River over bridges, through Glen Onoko and into the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

2. Colebrookdale Railroad

Colebrookdale train
Colebrookdale Railroad

Ride the Colebrookdale Railroad, and view the vibrant colors of fall in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. The railroad offers excursions through the mythical Secret Valley in a beautifully restored, Civil War-era train. Opt for the Secret Valley Explorer Open Car, perfect for a hayride-on-rails as you sit back and enjoy the two-hour journey, departing and arriving in Boyertown. Or, hop on the night-time Bonfire Train to the lost iron-making village of Colebrookedale. Warm your hands by the fire and enjoy fall snacks. Kids in costume can even enter a costume content on-board! 

3. Lake Shore Express

Lakeshore Express
Lake Shore Express
 Photo Credit: Sam Botts

All aboard the Tioga Central Railroad’s Lake Shore Express in Wellsboro, as you’ll enjoy gorgeous fall views of Lake Hammond and the Tioga County countryside on this 1.5-hour trip. Or enjoy the Sunset Dinner Train Ride and relax after a long week on this extended excursion through the Pennsylvania countryside. Dinner service in the dining cars includes a seasonal menu served traditionally on linen lined tables of four. Enjoy the Chef’s featured selections while riding the rails through Tioga County.

4. Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad

Board the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad fall foliage ride October 3-21 for a three-hour, round-trip excursion through the Oil Heritage Region. Reserve your tickets today before they are sold out! Take to the tracks on Oct. 19-21 to view fall foliage on the Bellefonte Historical Railroad. Immerse yourself in autumn’s finest views on an 1889 Bellefonte passenger train as it rides past Spring Creek and Bald Eagle Valley. Tickets are on sale now and are first-come, first-served!

5. Steam into History

Pumpkin Ride
Steam into History: Northern Central Railway

On Oct. 14, Steam into History in New Freedom as you board the Pumpkin Ride. Visit the guest shop prior to the ride, and decorate a pumpkin mask as you board this entertaining train ride and listen to Halloween stories while taking in colorful fall views. Then, travel to Seitzland to pick up your own pumpkin!

6. Rockhill Trolley Museum

Rockyhill Trolley Museum
Rockyhill Trolley Museum

Oct. 7-8, head to the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Rockhill Furnace for its biggest event of the year, the Fall Festival of Trolleys. Go back in time on a vintage trolley only available to the public once a year while taking in views of fall. Ticket prices for the whole weekend are $10 for adults and $6 for children. 

7. Steamtown National Historic Site

steamtown National Hist site
Steamtown National Historic Site

Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton offers a seasonal series of weekly short train rides around Scranton (the “Scranton Limited”) and special excursions to destinations like Gouldsboro, East Stroudsburg, and the Delaware Water Gap. On some Sundays, the “Scranton Limited” transforms into the “Nay Aug Gorge Limited,” with an expanded ride east to the 755-foot Nay Aug Tunnel. Experience northeastern PA’s brilliant fall foliage at its peak and immerse yourself in Pennsylvania railroad history!

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