Fall in Love with SusqCo

View of church steeple amid vibrant fall foliage

Vivid reds, oranges and yellows paint the rolling hills in fiery hues around SusqCo. There’s a certain magic in the air, as a crisp breeze carries the leaves downward to create a carpet that rustles with your every step. Here, fall is more than a season – it’s an experience to delight the senses. From the vibrant leaves and feel of the crisp air, to the fresh scent of freshly harvested pumpkins and apples. There’s quiet stillness in the hazy morning hours and peace can be found under the clear evening sky.

Autumn has arrived in Susquehanna County.

Soak in the beauty of fall during a visit to one of our many hiking trails and walking paths designed for everyone from beginner to experienced hikers, as well as our ADA accessible paths. Many of those same trails can be used for bicycling – from a family-friendly leisurely peddle to a picnic to the more rigorous gravel bikepacking experience (find the map and full description at emheritage.org).

While you’re soaking up the natural beauty make time to celebrate the season at one of the festivals, appreciate the arts, plan a day of some family fun on a farm, or prepare for a scare at a Halloween attraction.

Unmatched beauty and exceptional events, it’s time for you to Fall in Love with SusqCo!

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Elk Mountain Fall Festival: Happening Oct. 7-8, 10 am-5pm

At the peak of leaf season, Elk Mountain Fall Festival takes you to the highest point of the Allegheny Plateau for a sweeping view of vibrant fall foliage. Take the scenic chair lift ride to the top of the mountain. Rides are $5 with ticket sales, 10am-2:30pm. The last chair loads at 3pm.

There will be live musical entertainment Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday, 11am-6pm. The festival also features an arts and crafts exhibit and sales, festive food and drink, and hayrides. Elk Mountain’s Winter Garden Lounge is open, 11am-5pm; and stop by the Ski Shop, 10am-5pm. This event is held rain or shine!

Info: https://elkskier.com

ART

Artists Open House Weekend: Happening Oct. 7-9, 10am-5pm

The beauty of is abundant – in both the scenery along this self-guided driving tour and the work from the talented artists that call Susquehanna County their home. The artists open their studios to visitors for a behind-the-scenes look at how art is created, along with some artists demonstrating their craft. Artists on the tour will be displaying their work in various media, such as painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, metalworks, pottery, guitars, unique bird houses, contemporary wood furniture, and fine art giclee prints. Request a booklet at artiststour.com or pick one up at one of the supporting businesses listed on the website.

Info: https://artiststour.com

Susquehanna County’s Endless Mountains Theatre Company brings a seasonally-inspired comedy to the stage, Oct. 27-29, with Pat Cook’s Honeymoon at Graveside Manor. Join the honeymoon of Marian and Tyler Thorncraft at the rumored-to-be-haunted, former mortuary called Graveside Manor. Will their marriage – or they – even survive the honeymoon? Friday & Saturday night, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 3 pm, in the Reimel Centre, 158 Church St., Montrose. Purchase tickets online:

SPOOKY SEASON

Experience one of Pennsylvania’s TOP 10 Haunted Attractions this season. Hellstead Manor is a creation by local Emmy Award Winning special effects artist, Eric Lusk, whose work has been seen on films and television shows such as: House, CSI, NCIS, X-men 3, The Omen, Epic Movie, and Painted Skin 2. The attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 22-Oct. 28, 7-11pm. Hellstead Manor has expanded for the 2023 season with the ALL-NEW attraction: Swamp of Sorrows! Come find out what evil is entangled with rich history of this stately manor house on the hill. Get your tickets online and skip the line at hellsteadmanor.com – located just minutes from Interstate 81 Exit 230.

Info: hellsteadmanor.com

Old Mill Village brings two events to celebrate the Spooky Season! Historic Ghost Walks of Pennsylvania happen evenings over two weekends, Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. Guided tours of ghostly tales take place from 7-9. For large groups, please call ahead and make a reservation.

Don your hat, grab your broomstick and fly over to the popular Witches’ Tea returns on Oct. 28, at the Old Mill Village Church, located in Midtown Park, Main St., New Milford. Reservations are required. There are two times for this event, 2-4pm, and 6-8pm.

Info on both the Ghost Walk and Witches’ Tea can be found at oldmillvillage.org

FARM FRESH FAMILY FUN

DeHaven Family Farm – Union Dale

DeHaven Family Farm has your fall décor with mums, pumpkins, cornstalks and hay bales. Weekend family fun fall activities begins on the farm starting Saturday, Oct. 7 with a mini corn maze, petting zoo, wagon ride with character scenes, corn silo and a big slide. Follow DeHaven Family Farm on Facebook for daily updates and current farm events, as well as any weather-related closures. Activities are $9 per person and $10 for activities and one hayride. Stop by the gift shop and the on-farm bakery to pick up a treat.

Info: dehavenfamilyfarm.com

Russell Farms – Brackney

Russell Farms U-Pick Apple Orchard is open for the season. Fresh hot Apple Cider Donuts are available every Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm, until Halloween. Kids will also love the hayrides, farm animals and the corn maze, as well as the historical schoolhouse, bounce houses, hay pit. There are picnic areas on the site, and a food truck. And every day through Thanksgiving, there is apple picking, fresh-pressed cider, homemade doughnuts, local product, candy apples, fudge, and fall décor – including mums, pumpkins and gourds.

Info: Russell-farm.com

HISTORY

History comes alive as the soldiers of the Union and Confederacy battle again during Civil War Days, Oct. 7-8, at Old Mill Village. There will be soldier encampments and battle reenactments happening around 2pm both days.

Info: oldmillvillage.org

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