Fall Is Fabulousin Franklin County, PA
Take An Autumn Drive!
As Route 30, the historic Lincoln Highway, leaves Chambersburg, it takes on a more rolling, hilly terrain. It becomes more rural and passes orchards, historic Fort Loudoun, and gives a great view of Mount Parnell. The mountains are dabbled in yellow, orange, and red and pop against the bright blue sky. It is autumn in Franklin County.
After passing through the village of Fort Loudon, pick up Route 75. It is a breathtaking drive through Path Valley to Spring Run. Many of the farmers in the area are Amish. Fall is the harvest season, and many of the Amish families are at work in the fields.
From the square of Chambersburg, this is a 35-mile drive in one direction. Retrace the route to return or pick up the turnpike at Willow Hill.
The fertile valleys of Franklin County produce succulent fruits, and Tuscarora Mountain Winery transforms these fruits into award-winning Pennsylvania red, white, and blush wines. The wine store is located in downtown Chambersburg just west of the square. Visitors can enjoy a tasting of Tuscarora’s black currant, sweet strawberry, juicy peach, and sour cherry. Owner Sue Hadley says, “We make every bottle of wine with heart and soul. I think our customers can attest to that.” Franklin County’s newest winery is Jan Zell Winery with a tasting and event room on Grant Street in Chambersburg. Just two blocks from the downtown, the location is housed on the former property of the Cumberland Valley Railroad and offers a chance to enjoy wine with music, games of trivia, and paint projects. Owners Arnie and Laura Jansen mix and match juices to create their exclusive versions of Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and rotating varieties at the Fort Loudon production facility. Plus, Jan Zell’s newest items are dry, sweet and hopped hard apple ciders, using local apples from Shatzer’s Orchards.
Make It A Wine Weekend!
Enjoy a weekend at one of Franklin County’s bed and breakfasts by pairing up Tuscarora Mountain Winery and Jan Zell Winery with the orchard wineries of nearby Orrtanna, PA. Visitors can enjoy six wineries within 25-miles and less than an hour of each other. The Orrtanna wineries, just east of Caledonia State Park, are Reid’s Winery, Hauser Estate Winery, Adams County Winery, and Halbrendt Winery.
Adams County Winery
Tuscarora Mountain Winery
Fall family fun awaits you in Franklin County!
Whether you are getting lost in a corn maze, playing with barnyard animals, or picking your own pumpkins, Franklin County has fall fun. Bring your family to a Harvest Festival or Corn Maze weekend and make great memories.
STONER’S DAIRY FARM
7678 OEIG ROAD, MERCERSBURG:
Saturday, Noon – 10 PM
Sunday, Noon – 5 PM
Through November 3
Wander 5 acres of a themed maze, visit the petting zoo & play area, or take in the beautiful, spacious skies on a hayride. Enjoy a mini maze, petting zoo, pedal cart track, pumpkin contest, farm tours by wagon, magic show, and giant inflatables.
COUNTRY CREEK CORN MAZE
Off Route 11 on Etter Road, Chambersburg
Hay Maze and Hayrides
– Sept 14 through Nov 2.
Open: Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM
(last entry to maze at 4 PM),
Saturdays 10 AM to 6 PM,
All Sundays in Oct and Sept 30- Noon to 5 PM.
NIGHT MAZE AND AFTER DARK HAYRIDES
Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 4-26
DESTINATION ARTS DOWNTOWN WAYNESBORO
All galleries are open
– Thursday. 1-4 PM
– Friday, 5-8 PM
– Saturday, Noon-6 PM;
– Sunday, Noon – 4 PM.
Destination Arts! is Waynesboro’s special way of revitalizing the downtown. Vacant buildings were converted into curated art galleries. Art is also on display in storefronts. A variety of entertainment each week with special art demonstrations and activities. Art is local, regional, and national. Most is available for purchase.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
9 AM – 3 PM
in MERCERSBURG, PA
More than 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s 40th annual Mercersburg Townfest. The event, hosted by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce, features more than 120 crafters, artisans, culinary and local vendors, entertainment from community and school bands, with a children’s fun section on the grounds of the Mercersburg Elementary School.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
9 AM – 4 PM
WAYNESBORO MARKET DAY
in WAYNESBORO, PA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
1 AM – 5 PM
BEER & WINE FESTIVAL
in MERCERSBURG, PA
OCTOBER. 19 – 9 AM – 4 PM
APPLEFEST in DOWNTOWN CHAMBERSBURG
Arts ~ Handmade Crafts ~ Food ~ Kids Activities ~ Music. A fabulous family day where apples take center stage for the day.
11 AM – 4 PM
26th ANNUAL PUMPKIN FEST
at RENFREW PARK in Waynesboro
Come out and enjoy pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music, children’s activities and fun games at this popular joint fundraising event benefiting both Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum and Park. Barrel Train with free rides through the park for kids! ~ Try the Pumpkin-Chuckin’ Trebuchet! Free soup, cider, and bread included with admission. Hot dogs, steamers, country chicken sandwiches, fries, sodas, and bake sale items sold separately. Admission fee $10 adults, $4 kids aged 4-12, and kids age 4 and under are free.
OCTOBER 26 & 27
10 AM – 5 PM
GREAT OUTDOORS FESTIVAL
at WHITETAIL SKI RESORT
Come out and enjoy, hay rides, chairlift rides, climbing wall, castle moon bounce, barnyard buddies, catch and release fishing, ski board swap and Whitetail Fall Downhill 5-K Trail Run. Get a first hand look at snowmaking and enjoy watching a blacksmith and apple butter making demo. Food & Fun for the entire family!
TAKE A FALL DRIVE!
As Route 30, the historic Lincoln Highway, leaves Chambersburg, it takes on a more rural flavor. It passes orchards, historic Fort Loudoun, and gives a great view of the mountains, dabbled in yellow, orange, and red that pop against the bright blue sky of autumn. After passing through the village of Fort Loudoun, pick up Route 75. It is a breathtaking drive through Path Valley to Spring Run. Many of the farmers are Amish and with the harvest season in full-swing, the families are working in the field. Take a drive and enjoy a weekend in Franklin County.
SHIPPENSBURG HALLOWEEN PARADE
The parade features local groups and individuals that dress up and walk through the streets of Shippensburg. Cash prizes given to the best in the individual or theme group divisions!
MERCERSBURG HALLOWEEN PARADE
The parade, held on a Monday evening, is a tradition since 1941.