1. Fall Foliage –
Lawrence County is bursting with color during the fall season. The landscape is painted bright yellow, orange and red, making it not just beautiful but a perfect backdrop for a photo. Below are a few places we recommend to see the leaves in their vibrant glory.
McConnells Mill State Park
A visit to McConnells Mill State Park during the peak of the fall foliage season is breathtaking. Drive through McConnells Mill Covered Bridge (a registered National
Historic Landmark), stop for a tour of the historic gristmill and picnic at one of the two designated picnic areas. The more adventurous person will enjoy hiking the 11 miles of rugged trails that traverse the Slippery Rock Gorge (a National Natural Landmark) from Hell’s Hollow to Eckert Bridge or the six-mile non-loop North Country National Scenic Trail. Enjoy the four falls along your hike. Check out at Cleland Rock Overlook for a spectacular view of the many colored leaves on the various trees.
A fall foliage driving tour of Western Pennsylvania’s Amish Countryside provides a glimpse of life into the Old Order Amish, second largest in the United States. Drive the back roads to Banks Covered Bridge, past Amish farms, schoolhouses and craft shops. Marvel in the rolling hills and beautiful landscape New Wilmington and Volant has to offer.
With a local park in every part of the county, there are more possibilities for perfect sweater weather picnics, leaf peeping and photo opportunities!
Ewing Park, Ellwood City
West Park Nature Center, Union Twp.
Pearson Park, Neshannock Twp.
Cascade Park, New Castle
Marti Park, New Wilmington
2.Pick-Your-Own Apples & Pumpkins at Our Local Farms
Nothing says fall like pumpkins and apples. Pick your own gives you the opportunity to make family memories while purchasing out your favorite!
Apple Castle –
Every Saturday enjoy fall to its fullest with a trip to Apple Castle’s Pick -Your -Own! Experience the beauty of fall, the smell of harvest in the air, and find the perfect pumpkin and/or peck of apples for your family.
Cheeseman’s Farm –
It’s time for harvest and here you can pick-up your local favorites: honey, apple butter, and of course pumpkins. Every weekend, the Pumpkin Festival is a great way to spend a day with the family and enjoy the fall weather.
Sperdute Farm –
Over the course of October enjoy their Fall Festival broken up in numerous weekends. During the week stop by their market and pick up fresh produce.
3.Irons Mill Farmstead
Spend the day exploring the 35+ fun stops all over the farm! Zip down the Bat Glide, bury yourself in corn at CornCob Beach, cheer on your favorite pig, catch candy raining from the sky and so much more. Don’t forget about their theme weekends and kid friendly corn maze! Soak in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while watching your loved ones smile from ear to ear.
4.Cheeseman’s Fright Farm
This is your top destination for all things scaretastic. On the isolated 650 acres enjoy haunted hayride, corn maze, and multiple walk though attractions and over 100 actors are hiding around every corner to give you the scartastic experience.Want something mellower? Bonfire areas are available for rent to sit back, relax and roast marshmallows.
5.Night at the Zoo
Every Friday & Saturday in October experience Living Treasures like never before with their Night at the Zoo. This is a non-scary family event where you are invited to take a walk in the dark through torch lit walkways and to view the wild and interesting behaviors that many of the animals have at night. Hear the calls of many vocal animals and spot the glowing eyes of the big cats and alligators. Costumes are encouraged!
6.Scare Manor at Haunted Hill View Manor
Starting September 24th through October, Haunted Hell View Scare Manor will be open. The $15 event will consist of a Scare House and grass maze field behind their main building. There will also be a hayride to the Scare House and regular guided tours of Hill View Manor during the evening. Who knows? You might be greeted their residents.
7.Watch “Night of the Living Dead” & “Last Witch Hunter”
Enjoy two movies both filmed in Wampum Underground! George Romero’s famous cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Last Witch Hunter.” Grab takeout from a local restaurant and get ready for a movie night! Movies nights outside under the stars are encouraged.
8.Fall Themed Events
From themed wine trails, to painting classes at Casey K Creations to Mines and Meadows Pumpkin Hunts. Fall themed events in Lawrence County are endless.
9.Pumpkin Spice Everything
Fall season means the season of pumpkin spice! With a handful of local coffee shops, you have multiple opportunities to sip on your favorite pumpkin spice drink.
–Mohawk Coffee House
–Mugsies Coffee House
–National Grind Coffee & Tea Shop
–Joseph’s Marketplace, Coffee Tree Roasters
10.Explore Local Cemeteries
They say the best way to learn about an area is explore the local cemeteries.
-Oak Park Cemetery
-Castleview Memorial Gardens
-St. Vitus Cemetery
(Listed are some, not all)