Luzerne County – A Great Outdoors Destination

The “Official Best of Pennsylvania” website has, again, listed Luzerne County as Pennsylvania’s best Outdoors Destination. The website’s expert researchers examined state tourism information, CVB resources, numerous travel websites, and several other sources to decide on a region’s or an attraction’s reputation. Luzerne County’s selection will be aired on The Travel Channel and on KYW/CBS3 Philadelphia. Among Luzerne County’s finest outdoors venues are kayaking on the Susquehanna River, Ricketts Glen State Park, the Falls Trail (the best hike in Pennsylvania!), fishing on Francis Slocum Lake and Lake Jean, mountain bike riding at Moon Lake, and the River Common, site of Luzerne’s RiverFest.

Fall activities

The Luzerne County Fair is a must-visit happening. You will have a fantastic day while enjoying arts and crafts, games, farm animals, rides, and, of course, lots of great food…You may also want to experience shivers and chills during a visit to the Houdini Museum’s Psychic Theater and undergo a paranormal séance or get a pounding heart when you’re making your way through the haunted attractions of the area such as Mountain Top’s Fear Hollo, an attraction that features both a creepy walk through the woods and an indoor haunted house.

In fall, Mother Nature turns Northeastern Pennsylvania into fine shades of yellow, orange, and red.  When you hike the beautiful trails of Frances Slocum and Ricketts Glen State Parks you can take in the various wonderful hues of fall. Also, a great experience is paddling down the Susquehanna River on one of the offered foliage tours (check Susquehanna Kayak & Canoe’s website). Another option is to book a ride on the historic locomotive train from Steamtown which will take you on a beautiful scenic excursion.

Pick your own apples, and then sip some cider (fresh apple cider is in Luzerne County a real fall favorite). You can experience this at Brace’s Orchard, and in case you prefer your apple cider with a twist, set out to Col. Ricketts Hard Cider Winery to sample some of their creations that are made from local apples, aged in old oak barrels. Fall also means pumpkins, and you can find the most perfect ones at Luzerne County’s many farms.

When it comes to enjoying the great colorful foliage, pay a visit to Wapwallopen’s Council Cup Scenic Overlook. This phenomenal location offers an impressive 30-mile view of the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley.

Luzerne County surely will have you covered, regardless whether you like a good glass of locally produced wine, a perfectly crafted local beer. When you prefer crafts for wearing or for sprucing up your home, Luzerne County offers the finest crafts and so much more to offer. You can enjoy and sample beer at the NEPA Craft Beer Festival (at Mohegan Sun Arena) where over 50 vendors introduce you to the finest crafted beers or get started with your holiday shopping at Luzerne County’s Hayfield Homespun Holidays Craft Fair.

Fall in Luzerne County has much to offer and the area is so full of history! Come to the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Ghost Walks (organized by the Luzerne County Historical Society) so you can learn more about some lesser known facts, and also interesting are the Haunted History events (at the Denison and Swetland Houses).