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Enjoy Pennsylvania's Great Outdoors

PA is home to more than 54,000 miles of rivers and streams, 116 state parks, 20 state forests, and the Allegheny National Forest. More than 100 greenways and rail trails are available for non-motorized recreation, including some of the longest bicycle rail trails in the country. Pennsylvania recreational corridors total more than 2000 miles.

Because of these protected natural resources, the state is well known for hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, whitewater sports, and bicycling. These special places can be found throughout the state, always a short distance away from the cities and towns of every region.

And sometimes, getting there is half the fun. There are 19 scenic drives, including the Route 6 scenic drive and State Heritage Corridor that spans 400 miles along the state’s northern regions.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of places to roam. You’re never too far from the countryside in Pennsylvania.

Outdoor & Recreation Blog

Take a Snow Day at Roundtop, Whitetail, and Liberty Mountains

02/16/2017 - 6:56pm

Winter isn’t over yet, all three of the region’s top ski resorts are just waiting for you to take a snow day. Liberty, Whitetail, and Roundtop are all located in the capital area of Central Pennsylvania, bringing thousands visitors from all over the state and Baltimore. The three ski resorts, managed by a group called Snow Time, Inc., each have...

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Skiing the Poconos: Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Area

01/22/2017 - 10:37am

Find winter fun and excitement in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains at Blakeslee’s two-for-one resorts, Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Resorts. The first commercial ski resort in PA, Jack Frost Big Boulder was also the location that artificial snowmaking was invented and used for the first time. Besides its position as a paragon of th...

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Ski Season: Experience Blue Knob Mountain

02/18/2017 - 10:30pm

Until a 1920s geological survey proved otherwise, the massive mountain dome of Blue Knob was thought to be the highest point in Pennsylvania. Today, the mountaintop still holds the title as the highest skiable peak in the state and its ski slopes, snowmobile routes, and eighteen miles of hiking trails summon people from all over the Mid-Atlantic...

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Ski Elk Mountain in the Endless Mountains

12/08/2016 - 6:37pm

Spend the season on the slopes at Elk Mountain Ski Resort, the premier skiing location in the state of Pennsylvania, just thirty miles north of Scranton. With twenty-seven slopes and trails, a 1000-foot vertical drop, and one of the best views in Pennsylvania, Elk Mountain is one of PA’s best winter adventures.

Located on North Knob of th...

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Take A Holiday Tour of Kings Gap’s Mountain Mansion

10/30/2016 - 7:04pm

Like a land straight out of one of Tolkien’s masterpieces, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center of Cumberland County offers a panoramic view worthy of its name. Over 2,500 acres of forest atop South Mountain contain seventeen...

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The Core of the Apple: Biglerville and the Adams County Orchards

10/16/2016 - 8:38am

Believe it or not, the history of apples is closely intertwined with that of mankind’s. Thousands of years ago, the goddess of chaos, Eris, started the famous Trojan War by tossing an apple into a private wedding. While never actually specified, the forbidden fruit in the biblical Garden of Eden was never specified until John Milton’s revolution...

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In the Heart of Bald Eagle State Park

10/09/2016 - 9:29am

Pennsylvania's Bald Eagle State Park has a vibrant past, rich in history from eras ancient to industrial. Once part of the Great Indian Warpath, the Iroquois traveled past this forest and mountain to reach the southern Cherokee tribe and conduct raids. But millennia before, mountains surged towards the sky in a pre-glacial rippling of the landma...

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At World's End: PA's Waterfalls and Mountain Vistas

09/24/2016 - 3:25pm

In the northern ranges of Pennsylvania's mountains rests some of the most interesting natural landmarks of our diverse state's environment. Waterfalls cascade down ancient hillsides and seven mountain ranges converge at a single location, creating what sightseers once described as the location of the end of the earth. Located in Luzerne, Columbi...

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The Ironworks Legacy: Pine Grove Furnace State Park

09/05/2016 - 11:19am

Located at the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a natural and historical landmark built in 1764 by three men as an iron works facility crafting stoves and kettles. Eventually, they would supply the Revolutionary Army with munitions. The land was massive; it contained 17,000 acres that was eventually divi...

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Get Back to Nature in the Raystown Lake Region

06/07/2016 - 10:15am

The Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania has opportunities aplenty to breathe in the fresh air, walk through the forest or enjoy the unspoiled shoreline scenery of Raystown Lake. So bring your boots, kayak, mountain bike and fishing pole to really get the most out of your time in Huntingdon County. You will find many spots to relax and...

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