Hiking Pennsylvania-Fall Fest at Tall Oaks

Autumn is here and the leaves changing is just about at its peak. The prime time to view the breathtaking fall foliage is right now, in the Allegheny National Forest of Pennsylvania.

Located not far from Tionesta Pennsylvania, the Allegheny National Forest features some truly incredible hiking trails, not the least of which is the one we want to visit today. Fall Fest at Tall Oaks, nestled snugly inside the Cooks forest is certainly well worth your time to take in.

Beginning in September and running through October, the hiking trails are decked out with speakers that float dulcimer, banjo or traditional folk or Celtic music through the woods as you hike up the pathways crunchy with fallen leaves.

Surrounded literally by several thousand acres of mixed hardwood trees, whose leaves are emblazoned against the sky in colors of amber, orange and burgundy, Tall Oaks annual Autumn Festival is a picturesque walk amid amazing scenery. Fresh air, rolling hills and an azure sky peeking through the not yet fallen leaves and  among it all, vendors display their traditional wares for your purchase, or show you a new skill such as soap making, folk music or offer you hot cider on the trail.

Tom Beletic, who masterminded the event over 15 years ago  said the first year that he held the outdoor mix of shopping, food and entertainment, he only had a single vendor:a woman from Sheffield, selling her baked goods alongside the merchandise in his Tall Oaks store, which houses traditional crafts and amazing wood working as well as antiques.
“Now we get vendors from as far away as Philadelphia, some of whom stay for the entire nine-weekend run that extends from the beginning of September through the end of October,” he said. “Over the years, we’ve grown quite a bit and now average 60,000 patrons over the course of the entire festival.”
In October 1981, Beletic opened one small shop that was completely surrounded by lovely tall oak trees which has since grown into a small cluster of shops that feature gifts, candy, candles, and so much more.

Vendors come in who offer such treats as home made relishes, vinegars and candies, as well as all natural soaps and perfumes, as well as hand made baskets, perfect wall wreaths and down home country decorations for your purchase or perusal..
All of this takes place as you hike through some of the most beautiful country in the world.

If you don’t do anything else this fall, take the time to make it to one of the fall fest days at Tall Oaks in the Allegheny National Forest.

The festival takes place each Saturday and Sunday through September and October.

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