The season of color is here.
The next two weeks will be the best of the season for fall leaves along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Picking the "best" ride is hard since there are so many places to enjoy autumn, but may I make some suggestions.
First, now and through the Columbus Day weekend the peak color will be in the Allegheny Mountains, aka the Laurel Highlands. This covers the Passage from the Big Savage Tunnel to Connellsville. From Connellsville to McKeesport give it another week.
For the most spectacular views find overlooks. The best of these are the bridges along the trail, and Somerset County has the most beginning with the Keystone Viaduct near Meyersdale and including, east to west, the Salisbury Viaduct, Pinkerton Low Bridge, Pinkerton High Bridge, Harnedsville Bridge and Confluence Bridge. The photograph above is from the Pinkerton High Bridge.
The Ohiopyle High Bridge is popular and close to parking so it get plenty of traffic, both cycle and foot. More remote, but worth the ride, is the Bruner Run Vista between Ohiopyle and Connellsville. You can decide if you want to start from either of the two towns.
Of course the Big Savage Vista is the premier overlook along the Passage. The peak color is more likely to be toward the end of the season since region around Cumberland, MD is at a lower elevation and the color comes later.
No matter where you ride this fall I'm sure it will be a good one.