Gateway’s List of Fall Favorites

Fall Biking
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Before your Fall visit to Gateway, plan ahead and add some of these fall favorites to your itinerary.

Kinzua Skywalk with Fall Foliage

Soak in a Spectacular Fall
View at Kinzua Skywalk

Take a day trip for some of the best views of the fall foliage from 300 feet off the ground! Visit the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Sky Walk and face your fear of heights, or explore the surrounding state park hiking trails and visitor center. Located 45 minutes from Gateway Lodge. Directions from Gateway here. Open 7 days a week until early November from 8am to 6pm.

Ride the Rail 66
Country Trail

Only 10 minutes from the Lodge, bring your bicycle and ride on this gorgeous paved country trail with farm and forest views. Rail 66 Country Trail is a heartfelt community effort of Clarion County and a treasured recreational biking and walking trail in our area. We recommend parking across from Car Mate Trailers in Leeper, PA. Directions from Gateway here.

Elk Herd in Rut

Bugle with the Elk in Benezette

Visit the Elk Country Visitor Center and see the largest wild herd of elk in the Northeastern U.S. The best time to visit is early morning or at dusk for the best elk viewing experience. Expect a little over an hour drive time from Gateway. Directions here. Open in October everyday from 8am–8pm, and open in November Thursday through Monday from 9am–5pm.


A horse-drawn wagon ride is offered at the Elk Country Visitor Center on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings until the end of October (weather permitting). This ride will give you closer views of the elk should they be roaming by.

Ride the Train in Titusville

Enjoy a Fall Foliage ride from October 1st–16th at The Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad. View nature’s colorful display with a relaxing 3-hour round-trip through beautiful Oil Creek State Park. Train departs from Perry Street Station, 409 S Perry Street, Titusville, PA. Call 814-676-1733 to make advance reservations. Directions from Gateway here.

October 1st–16th

  • Wednesdays–Fridays: 11am departure
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 10am & 3pm departures
Fall Train Ride

Pumpkin Picking

Take the Kids to Coolspring
Corn Maze & Market

An hour’s drive from the Lodge, the Coolspring Corn Maze is yet a great way to incorporate some fun for the kids in your family. This destination is by far the best fall attraction for kids offering an impressive collection of pumpkins, a corn maze, fall fun activities and more. Directions from Gateway here.

Check Out Local Fall Festivals

Some of our favorite local Fall events include the Clarion Autumn Leaf Festival, Franklin’s Applefest, and the Gingerbread Tour in Cook Forest. Each event offers an opportunity to soak in the local talents of our nearby communities.

Tour Local Breweries

A growing attraction in our region, local craft breweries have become a popular destination for an afternoon activity. While here, visit Lost in the Wilds Brewing, Mechanistic Brewing Co., and Clarion River Brewing Company.

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