People look to Warren County for leaves

When leaves start to turn colors, people want to see them.

Many of them are looking in Warren County.

“We don’t know when for sure foliage viewing became an official ‘season’ or planned activity,” Warren County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Dave Sherman said. “But we do know that we are a destination for this crowd.”

“We know it based upon years of email, phone calls and walk-in activity,” Sherman said. “The inquiries have started already and it’s not a coincidence as the leaves have started to change already.”

The visitors bureau’s statistics indicate that October is a more popular month for visits to Warren County than June, July, and, for the past three years, September. And it compares “very favorably” with August.

Warren County is a can’t-miss foliage destination.

“We’re blessed, and it’s not a secret,” Sherman said. “Pick a direction. Most travelers would be hard pressed to mess up their leaf viewing adventures.”

In particular, he suggests Longhouse Scenic Byway or Longhouse Scenic Drive, but those are far from the only places to find fall vistas.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has several developed vantage points on the Allegheny Reservoir and at Kinzua Dam.

A large portion of Pennsylvania’s only national forest — the Allegheny National Forest — is found within Warren County. The county also contains a portion of the Cornplanter State Forest.

There are numerous stops, viewing areas, and overlooks, including Rimrock and Jakes Rocks.

“How do you go wrong in Warren County?” he said. Even in the boroughs and city of Warren “trees aren’t that far away.”

The foliage tourist tends to fit in a certain demographic.

“Typically it is an older crowd we encounter,” Sherman said. “They’ve been doing it for years… maybe they have a little more time and a little more disposable income to travel since the kids have left the house, or maybe they just take the time to slow down and capture what nature offers us for free every year.”

“There isn’t an app for what we have in Warren County yet… and we think that’s a good thing.”