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Leaf Peeping at Kinzua Bridge State Park and Allegany State Park

Wednesday, October 5th, was sunny and a typical fall weather day.  We decided to go on a leaf peeping drive. We left home around 8:30 am and returned home at 2:00 pm. 

Our first stop was at Kinzua Bridge State Park near Mt. Jewett PA.

The Viaduct, or Kinzua Bridge, once was the longest and tallest railroad structure at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high.
The Viaduct was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.
The Viaduct was reinvented as a pedestrian walkway in 2011.
Stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers,
peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, and
gaze down through the partial glass platform
at the end of the walkway.
The foliage color is really nice this year!
Looking down, way down, from the bridge
The support towers taken down by the tornado still remain on the forest floor 19 years later.
Proof that Bob and I were at Kinzua Bridge State Park 🙂

Our second stop was at Allegany State Park, which we entered via Limestone Road near Bradford PA.  It has been more than 5 years since we used that entrance point to the park.  We used to enter the park via Limestone Road, when we wanted to avoid the park fee (not every visit but sometimes).  We have purchased the NYS Park Empire Pass for the past several years and will continue to do so. We no longer concern ourselves with the cost to enter a New York State Park. The Limestone Road was just as rugged as we remembered it. We didn’t drive all over Allegany State Park, as we usually do when we visit the park. Instead we visited only Science Lake and Quaker Lake.

Science Lake at Allegany State Park
This tree by the fishing pier at Science Lake was quite vivid. This picture doesn’t even come close to the brilliance that my eye saw.

During our many visits to Allegany State Park, I take photographs mainly at the northern end of Quaker Lake near the Spillway Overlook. The lighting wasn’t good at that end of the lake, so I concentrated on the southern end of the lake.

Quaker Lake at Allegany State Park
Quaker Lake, looking north
Quaker Lake

From Allegany State Park we drove along part of the Allegheny Reservoir, past Kinzua Dam,  and then home.  The leaves are definitely changing colors, but neither Kinzua Bridge State Park nor Allegany State Park have reached their peak color. If time permits, we may make a return visit in a week to one or both of the parks.

4 Responses to “Leaf Peeping at Kinzua Bridge State Park and Allegany State Park”

  1. DeniseinVA

    Beautiful photos Linda! Always good to see you and Bob and you must have enjoyed all that amazing scenery. Happy weekend to you both!

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  2. Betty

    Linda, this is a great post! The pictures are beautiful! I really like how the Kinzua Bridge was repurposed into a pedestrian bridge. Looks like a perfect daytrip! My daughter will be biking part of the Allegheny Bike trail in a week or so. I wonder if she will be in these parts. Thanks for your post!

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  3. Les

    It’s nice to see the color up there right now. Would not mind seeing this for myself, but for us it would be a long drive up RT209 then West on RT6. I’ve been there before, but that was way before the bridge got destroyed.

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  4. Eileen Wise

    Hello,
    Pretty images from your leaf peeping. Your fall colors are a little ahead of ours here.
    It is good to see you and Bob, I remember our meeting at this bridge, that was a fun road trip for hubby and I. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

    Reply

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