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Fall brings foliage, food, frights and festivals to Adams County, Pa.

Civil War history isn’t the only attraction in this rural Pennsylvania community


Adams County, Pa. – the heart of the Pennsylvania Fruit Belt – celebrates autumn in a big way with its colorful fall leaves, fresh-from-the-farm recipes, haunted candlelight walking tours and seasonal events.

With the bounty of the region’s fruit harvest coming fresh off the farm fields and into markets, restaurants and recipes, Adams County comes to life after a long summer, encouraging visitors to indulge in delicious fall food, scenic outdoor adventure and a taste of the region’s growing craft beverage industry.

“While many visitors think of Gettysburg as a summer destination, some of our most popular months are in autumn when the weather is cooler and couples and families are looking for short getaways before the holidays,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.

Throughout the autumn season, travelers tour the scenic countryside of Adams County, stopping at wineries, cideries and farm markets for sips and tastes of fall. Pies, freshly pressed cider and farm-to-table menus await visitors throughout the region – known locally as Apple Country.

Self-guided tours take visitors under colorful changing fall leaves and past such local landmarks as the Sachs Covered Bridge, Historic Round Barn and The Narrows in the valley of the South Mountains.

Foodies can hop aboard a variety of food tours, including the Wine, Dine and Cider Tour, or taste their way through the destination through a number of the area’s great restaurants, wineries and distilleries, many of which use fresh, local ingredients and feature unique farm-to-table menus.

Meanwhile, the curious walk the streets of Gettysburg nightly in hopes of capturing a glimpse of the historic town’s paranormal. Known as one of the most haunted places in America, Gettysburg brings visitors face-to-face with ghost stories told by candlelight with walks through the streets and alleys of the Civil War town as well as farms and other haunted locations throughout the Gettysburg countryside.

The region’s largest event – the National Apple Harvest Festival – is held the first two full weekends in October 7-8, and 14-15, and welcomes 100,000 people in search of great food, entertainment and crafts. Guests enjoy a variety of apple products including apple jellies, apple pizza, apple sausage, candy apples, apple cookies and more.

For a complete list of autumn events in the Gettysburg area, visit

Adams County’s fall season runs through November 19, when Gettysburg celebrates the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with Remembrance Day Weekend and Dedication Day.

Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact.

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