Beautiful Foliage and Outdoor Opportunities

October welcomes fall fun to Cumberland Valley. Get out and explore the season with fall festivals, beautiful foliage and outdoor opportunities. Find all the things to see and do this season at


The whole family can celebrate fall by apple picking, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and other fun activities at a variety of Cumberland Valley orchards and farms. Paulus Farm Market hosts a huge collection of family-fun with a Fall Fun Fort Play Area with corn box, soybean box, farm toys, mini straw maze, slide and climb area, spring horses and U-pick pumpkins. Another Valley favorite is Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses. They offer hayrides, hay slides, a corn maze and games.

The Cumberland Valley is also a great place to experience the changing colors of fall. Take a short hike up to Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch to see the sprawling views of colorful trees and the migrating hawks. You can also enjoy a walk around Boiling Springs and the scenic Children’s Lake. If driving is more your speed, print out the Fall Foliage Driving Tour from and follow the scenic backroads to views of the fall foliage.

Fall is also festival season! View a collection of seasonal events below and find a complete list of events and other things to see and do at

Celebrate American Craft Week – October 2-11th
Cumberland Valley businesses will be celebrating American-made crafts the first week of October. Over 40 locations will be hosting over 100 events ranging from demos, workshops and hands-on art seminars during this week. View the full events list at

Garden Harvest Day @ Kings Gap Environmental Education Center – October 4th
There are lots of things to do and enjoy including kettle-cooked chicken corn soup, leaf printing, apple cider pressing, pumpkin painting, apple butter making, bird feeder building, children’s games and crafts, corn shelling and cracking, hay rides, honeybee keeper, self-guided mansion and garden tours, apple pie and salsa recipe contests and selected craft vendors and food stands.

Oktoberfest @ The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center – October 8-11th
Join the Carlisle Barracks for a good time filled with entertainment, games, activities, friendship and the unveiling of the official brew of the Army War College! All of this fall fun will happen rain-or-shine.

Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest @ Adams-Ricci Community Park – October 10-11th
A two-day community event featuring crafts, food, games, contests and entertainment. Enjoy a relaxing day of fun for the entire family. There will be approximately 250 crafters, community groups and business vendors for you to visit.

Fall Furnace Fest @ Pine Grove Furnace State Park – October 17-18th
This annual event features food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, environmental education programs, historical demonstrations, hayrides, pumpkin carving, scarecrow making, kid’s crafts and campsite decorating.

Silver Spring Township Fall Festival @ Stony Ridge Park – October 24th
What started as a small event for artisans and businesses to display their wares has grown to a festival with over 100 vendors, including arts & crafts, food, games and live entertainment. This hometown event offers hay rides, live music, fall-themed games for kids, chances to win pumpkins, chainsaw demos, inflatables, face painting, BMX bike stunt shows, “Touch-A-Truck” and more! Admission and parking is free!

Fall into Fine Craft - A Fine Craft Show @ Carlisle Expo Center – October 24-25th
Fall into Fine Craft, the annual two-day fine art and craft show of the Yellow Breeches Chapter will be held October 24 and 25, 2015 at the Carlisle Expo Center. This juried show will feature quality, original, handcrafted designs of Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen members.

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