Pittsburgh, Pa. – October 14, 2021 – Our partners at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry provide a Fall Foliage Report each year that provides information on the peak times across the state to see fall color. Here in Western Pennsylvania, some counties are currently at peak while most counties are nearing vibrant color. According to DCNR, Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation or anywhere in the world!
Chlorophyll helps trees turn sunlight into food and when sunlight is in short supply, levels of this green pigment fade, revealing vibrant oranges and yellows. And in some trees – like maples – glucose is trapped in the leaves after photosynthesis, turning them red. Sunny days and cool nights in late summer and early fall help produce beautiful, bright autumn colors.
While there are plenty of great opportunities to see fall foliage at state parks and forests, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy also has trails across the region where you and your family can trek the woods and experience the peace and solitude nature provides – while seeing the natural beauty of the fall foliage season. View this list below or learn more about all WPC-owned preserves on our Explore Our Preserves page.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 11 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, now on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers. The work of WPC is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.