Fall foliageBy Hilary Daninhirsch for North Hills Monthly

Though some folks make their way to New England to see the splendors of fall colors, locals will be happy to know that western Pennsylvania has its own equally majestic sites to please the pickiest leaf-peepers.

Depending on the weather, the height of the fall foliage season changes slightly from year to year, but it typically runs from late September to early November, with the peak occurring in mid-October.

Rachael Mahony, an environmental education specialist at Forbes State Forest with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry, said that weather conditions in the months preceding fall provide an accurate depiction of how brilliant the fall leaves will be, as well as when the season will peak.

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