October 10, 2023 5 min read

As autumn fully arrives, outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers relish in the arrival of fall's vibrant colors, the crisp mountain air, and the sense of wonder and excitement that this season can bring.

To make the most of this magical (and often short!) time, look no further than Purple Lizard Maps and our specially curated map packs, designed to unlock the treasures of the great outdoors to make planning your adventures easy and fun.

Fall Gravel Road - Black Moshannon State Park

In this short blog, we invite you to join us as we preview some fall adventure options in three breathtaking areas covered by our map packs: Shenandoah National Park and Valley 2 Pack, Pennsylvania Lizard Adventure Pack, and West Virginia's Two Pack.

Shenandoah National Park: A Symphony of Fall Colors

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park offers an unparalleled display of fall foliage. The Shenandoah National Park 2 Pack Maps are your keys to exploring this breathtaking landscape, boasting over 500 miles of trails and numerous campsites.

Shenandoah National Park (fee area pass/permit required) boasts a vast network of trails, waterfalls, and panoramic vistas. With Purple Lizard Maps in hand, you're not just navigating; you're embarking on a journey of discovery. These expertly crafted maps provide more than just directions; they offer an intimate connection with the land, unveiling the hidden gems of Shenandoah.

Check out the Virginia Fall Foliage Report here.


  • Hiking: Discover trails like Old Rag Mountain and Hawksbill Summit, and check out all the fantastic trails featured on your Purple Lizard Map, many offering gorgeous views and stunning fall colors.
  • Vistas: Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive offers sweeping views along its entire route, plan some vista time or take a day trip to enjoy this special road.
  • Camping: Set up camp amidst the vibrant forests, serenaded by the rustling leaves and crisp mountain air.
  • Exploring: With Purple Lizard Maps in hand, you'll find waterfalls, secluded meadows, and endless opportunities to connect with nature.

The Shenandoah 2 Pack also covers a vast landscape in the Shenandoah Valley surrounding the map, from Front Royal in the north to Waynesboro and Crozet in the south, the South Fork Shenandoah River, Page Valley, Shenandoah Valley and portions of the George Washington National Forest to the west. It includes the towns of Front Royal, Luray, Sperryville, Shenandoah, Elkton, Waynesboro and Crozet, Virginia, all lovely places to explore on your fall adventures.


Ingleby overlook


Pennsylvania's Adventure Pack: Where Nature and Adventure Unite

The Pennsylvania mountains feature some of the best outdoor recreation available anywhere, with 2.2 million acres of State Forest and 300,000 acres of State Parks featuring thousands of miles of trails. And bonus: much of it is far less utilized than in other areas of the region - giving you the opportunity to explore without crowds. Purple Lizard Maps, which calls Pennsylvania home, has mapped many of the most beautiful areas in the state. The Purple Lizard PA Adventure Packopens up a treasure trove of outdoor experiences, featuring 10 Lizard Maps that cover the state's diverse landscapes, including the following state forests:

  • Loyalsock-Worlds End State Forest: Explore the picturesque Loyalsock Creek and discover the World's End State Park with its breathtaking overlooks.
  • Pine Creek: Explore, bike, hike, camp and enjoy the wonderland that is the Pine Creek Gorge. Also known as the "Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania," this area is especially stunning in the fall, as the season paints the landscape with vibrant colors.
  • Moshannon-Quehanna: Hike through the stunning Quehanna Wild Area or explore the Moshannon State Forest's serene beauty, both adorned with fall's vibrant palette.
  • The Ohiopyle-Laurel Highlands region features a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, including kayaking, rafting (seasonal), world-class hiking and biking trails, rock climbing and more!
  • Cook Forest-Clear Creek:Experience the towering ancient hemlocks of Cook Forest, a magical setting amidst fall's splendor.
  • Rothrock: Explore the rugged terrain of Rothrock State Forest, with a tapestry of fall colors creating an enchanting atmosphere and miles of mountain biking, gravel riding, and hiking trails to explore and lots of great camping spots (check out Greenwood Furnace and Penn Roosevelt State Parks). 
  • Raystown:Enjoy the peaceful beauty of Raystown Lake and the surrounding state forest as autumn takes hold.
  • Bald Eagle:Discover the lush landscapes of Bald Eagle State Forest, a haven for hikers, mountain bikers, and campers in the fall. We especially love Bald Eagle's remote camping opportunities (reservations available through DCNR).
  • Tuscarora: Traverse the Tuscarora State Forest and witness the transformation of its scenic landscapes during autumn. This special forest has lots of secrets to reveal to those willing to discover them - grab your Lizard Map and go!
  • Michaux: Navigate the diverse terrains of Michaux State Forest, a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, and explorers in the fall and all year long.

 Michaux State Forest Fall Purple Lizard Maps

Some Activities:

  • Hiking: Explore the endless trails in PA from gentle strolls in State Parks to the more challenging classic Pennsylvania rocky hikes in many of the PA State Forests, immerse yourself in the rich fall colors.
  • Mountain Biking Cycling & Gravel Riding: Pennsylvania stands out for its outstanding mountain biking and gravel riding and backroad cycling opportunities - a great way to experience the beauty of fall on two wheels.  
  • Camping: Find your perfect campsite beneath the canopy of autumn leaves in one of PA's beautiful state parks or forests. Plan your camping trip and get more info about reservations and state park and forest camping at DCNR.
  • Overlanding: Chart your own course through Pennsylvania's wild landscapes, with maps like Cook Forest-Clear Creek guiding your way.

Check out the latest fall foliage updates for PA State forest at the DCNR website here.

    West Virginia Two Pack: Wilderness Awaits

    Dolly Sods - Seneca Rocks & Elkins 0tter Creek, WV: Just 3 hours  from DC or Pittsburgh, our West Virginia 2-Pack will open the door to some of the East Coast's best wilderness areas and outdoor recreation playgrounds. Dolly Sods-Seneca Rocks and Elkins-Otter Creek are known for their rugged beauty, mountain vistas, and fall splendor.  You have to see it to understand the gifts this area offers the outdoor enthusiasts. Get ready to drop out of your busy life, and drop into outdoor adventure using the Lizard West Virginia 2-Pack.

    Some Activities:

    • Hiking: So many great routes to choose from - you can't go wrong with iconic spots like Seneca Rocks.
    • Mountain Biking: Experience the challenging terrain of local mountain biking trails in the Canaan Valley, or meander on the twisty backroads surrounded by fall's grandeur.
    • Camping: Spend your nights under a canopy of stars, and your days exploring the wilderness.
    • Exploring: From the unique rock formations of Dolly Sods to the serene silence of Otter Creek, every corner of these maps holds the promise of adventure.

    Plan Your Fall Adventures with Lizard Maps

    Whether you're seeking fall colors, stunning vistas, or simply the exhilaration of the outdoors, Purple Lizard Maps has you covered. Our maps are not just tools; they're your trusted companions on a journey of discovery. As you explore Shenandoah National Park, Pennsylvania's State Forests, or West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest this fall, you'll witness nature's grandeur, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

    Check out the WV Fall Foliage Live Leaf Map here.

    Whether you choose one destination to enjoy this fall, or plan a rolling tour to take it all in, we wish you fantastic adventures!

    See you out there!

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