Experiencing fall in Hershey, PA, is always short but oh so sweet. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you experience the best of the season. There’s no need to worry about any of the details, just book your favorite room and look forward to immersing yourself in the joy of the loveliest season of all. (Expert Tip: Peak fall foliage in Hershey typically starts in the third or fourth week of October.)
Take advantage of the mild autumn weather by getting out on the water while it’s still warm. Take in the stunning foliage as you paddle peacefully down Swatara Creek, a local jewel just two miles from the Inn. This scenic waterway is also home to an abundance of birds (over 40 species have been documented). Be open to wildlife sightings and bird watching; they are a fun and unique way to experience the local scenery. The gorgeous “Swattie” has no white water and is easy to navigate. We highly recommend Cocoa Kayaks as the best place to rent your vessel. They can arrange both pickup and drop-off for you. If you’d like a guide, Cocoa Kayaks’ guides are top-notch!
BIKING IN THE CRISP AIR
Exploring on two wheels is also a fun way to see the foliage and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Conewago Lebanon Valley Rail Trail is perfect for a nice bike ride (or a long walk). The trail is only a short ride from the Inn, and the entire trail totals 20 miles, all with delightful rural scenery. We have secure, covered storage for your use if you bring your own bike. If you’d rather rent, Hershey Cycles has plenty of rentals right in downtown Hershey.
LEAF PEEPING & HIKING
If you prefer to see the leaves on two feet – hiking is a must! The Horse-Shoe Trail is one of our favorites. It runs from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail, and there is an access point only a mile from the Inn. You’ll meander along Manada Creek through woods and farm fields. Though beautiful at any time of year, fall is quite extraordinary. This little hike will surely give you a boost of energy and a little exercise, but it’s not strenuous. It’s the ideal spot for beginners and hardcore hikers alike.
Another great option is Jonathan Eshelman Trail – a paved walking trail that stretches 10 miles through Hershey. Our favorite access point is Bull Frog Pond, only 4 miles from the Inn. When you’re done, the Cocoa Beanery is an excellent spot for a snack.
THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
If you’re up for more of a challenge, take on the Appalachian Trail, an adventure-seekers destination. One of the most scenic points along the trail, Hawk Rock Overlook, is a short 30-minute drive away. While the hike to the outlook is just over a mile, it gains 700 feet in elevation. The reward is a truly spectacular view of the Susquehanna River and Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountains.
From concerts and music festivals to festive tastings and theatre productions, Hershey has an event to excite everyone this season. Check them out!
- Trick or Treat Trolley (September – October)
- Dark Nights at Hersheypark (September – October)
- The PA Open Air Farmer’s Market (September)
- Pumpkin Palooza (October)
THE PERFECT PLACE TO STAY
Now that you have an exciting itinerary filled to the brim, all you need is a stellar place to stay that’s close to all the fun. We have you covered. Stay at our romantic Inn and let life slow down on our peaceful property. We also offer a variety of packages for every celebratory occasion – just treats and no tricks for our guests this year!
Plan any stay that includes Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2023, and enjoy a 25% discount on your entire stay! Can’t be here for Halloween? Not to worry, your stay can also include Tuesday, October 24, 2023, or Tuesday, November 7, 2023.
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We hope you’ve enjoyed your guide to experiencing fall in Hershey, PA. Start planning your perfect autumn escape. We can’t wait to see you.
Updated September 2023