09/04/2012 | By Ingrid Podgurski Director of Marketing, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau
An Unforgettable Color Excursion
Columbia and Montour counties, located in East Central Pennsylvania, offers visitors a wide variety of year round outdoor recreation, but the fall creates one of the best backdrops for outdoor activities. If you live to play in the outdoors, you will certainly love this region in Pennsylvania, where you can escape off the beaten path to explore the wonders of nature.
Top Fall Outdoor Attractions
Columbia and Montour Counties are home to the areas 25 covered bridges. They have the third largest concentration of covered bridges in Pennsylvania. On a yearly basis, visitors from all over the world come and admire the antiqued craftsmanship used to construct these spans. Of all the covered bridges in the country, Columbia County is the home to one of the only two remaining twin covered bridges in the country — the East and West Paden Bridges. The Visitors Bureau has compiled a driving tour brochure of all of the areas covered bridges. The maps are geared to take you on a historical and educational journey through the covered bridges built on hard work, craftsmanship, and determination. While all four seasons is a great time to visit these beloved treasures, the autumn landscape adds to the pictorial beauty of these historic spans.
Hikers delight! Council Cup Scenic Overlook is located approximately 700 feet above the Susquehanna River Valley and provides a breathtaking view of over 30 miles. On the way there, hikers will pass through upland forest and encounter mountain laurel, PA’s state flower. The overlook is comprised of over 88 acres of land and has hiking/biking/cross country skiing trails of 1.5 miles in length. It is very popular with bird enthusiasts as a site for raptor migration.
Another way to experience the autumn blazes outside of a car, bike or on foot, is by horseback. Brace’s Stables offers visitors guided horseback rides through Columbia County’s scenic woods. Rides include the Creek Ride (a beautiful four mile ride to Fishing Creek and Back, shaded by trees), the Mountain Ride (a scenic ride along the mountain where riders travel on an old logging trail in the woods and see the most beautiful views), and the Falls Ride (an exciting six mile ride to Sullivan Falls).
Outdoor Sportsmen Activities
Along with scenic beauty in the fall, Columbia and Montour counties are home to six different and unique State Game Lands, covering over 71,000 acres. Each area is open to registered hunters and all have a wide variety of prevalent game. From deer, turkey and bear, to pheasants, waterfowl, rabbits and squirrels, these state game lands offer something for every outdoor sportsman. Some even include ATV and snowmobile trails as well as a shooting range. Hunters are encouraged to visit the PA State Game Commissions website for a complete listing of all state game land regulations.
Hunters are also able to take advantage of guided Red Deer hunts. Rolling Hills Red Deer Farm, located in Columbia County, is situated on 200+ acres of PA pasture and woods. They host hunts September through February, when hunters can take your own venison and a trophy stag. Choose from over 75 stags and many hinds. Hunters can choose a rifle, pistol, contender, crossbow, muzzleloader, or bow to hunt with. Hunts are using stocking for however long you wish, with the ability to put on a drive if needed. Tree stands are also available for archery and crossbow hunters.