The tell-tale signs of fall can be seen and felt across Berks County. Chilly mornings give way to colorful landscapes, and days filled with seasonal fun. It’s time for corn mazes, bike rides, train rides, long hikes, camping, bonfires, and much more. Here are some of our favorite things to do in fall. Why not spend some time enjoying these activities in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region
TAKE A CAR RIDE
Self-guided Covered Bridge & Barn Star Art Tours – Crisp fall days are made for car rides on Berks County scenic country roads. Navigating our winding, two-lane thoroughfares is easy when following the self-guided Covered Bridge and Hex Barn Art Tours. Detailed directions guide you past rustic barns painted with unique PA Dutch hex signs and through century-old covered bridges. Add stops along the way at roadside stands selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY
A trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is always a treat, however, fall is one of the best times to visit the first refuge for birds of prey. From August 15 – December 15, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is one of the best places in North America to watch the annual hawk migrarion. Located on the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, the refuge sits in the path of raptors as they slope soar the ridge on their journey south. Make plans to witness the spectacle of this year’s migration.
GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE
Fall wouldn’t be fall without a trip (or two) to a corn maze! There’s nothing like getting lost in the jumble of twists and turns created by the withered stalks. Of course, once free of the maze, there are pumpkins to pick, hay bales to climb, scarecrows to stuff, animals to see… the list goes on and on. Some of our favorite mazes are Mast Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, Duncan’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch and Wilcox Farms Corn Maze. All are ready to welcome you.
SCENIC TRAIN RIDES
For a fun and relaxing way to see the gorgeous fall colors of Pennsylvania’s Americana Region – take a ride – a train ride. The beautifully restored Colebrookdale Railroad, a TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Recipient & ranked #2 tourist railroad in North America by the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, offers riders a look back in time with its luxurious seating, dining cars, gloved waiters, even pianos. WK&S Railroad varied weekend excursions are perfect for young and old alike. Their caboose is offered for “FAMILY ONLY” reservations. Learn about all of our local railroads and book your trip soon.
Spend your night under the stars camping in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. Choose from Appalachian RV Resort, Blue Rocks Family Campground or Robin Hill Campground. Each facility offers an assortment of cabins, campsites, and amenities to make your stay more enjoyable, and are located near area attractions and hiking trails. French Creek State Park also provides a variety of camp settings, a great location, and tons of outdoor recreational activities.
Spend a day, or a weekend, hunting for treasures in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. We’re known for our antique stores and flea market. Coming soon, Renningers Antiques and Collectors Extravaganzas at locations in Kutztown and Adamstown. If flea markets are more your style, Leesport Farmers Markets holds a Sunday Flea Markets
READING LIEDERKRANZ OKTOBERFEST
The pandemic may have put the kibosh to the Oktoberfest celebrations Berks County is known for, but the Reading Liederkranz has come up with an alternative way to celebrate. The organization is hosting a 3-day wedding celebration with limited tickets. The events are for members and their guests, but tickets are available to the general public which includes a Liederkranz membership for the remainder of 2020