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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

Ride Your Bike - Not a Horse-Drawn Buggy - Through Lancaster

06/07/2021 - 9:06am

With the largest Amish community in the country, Lancaster County may be known more for its quaint and old-fashioned appeals—but it would be a mistake to underestimate the natural attractions the county has to offer, ones which can be appreciated on a more modern form of conveyance than a horse-drawn buggy. This summer, there’s something for lei...

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Bike The Allegrippis Trail System

04/24/2021 - 12:36pm

Located along the scenic shores of the Raystown Lake recreational area, the Allegrippis Trail System is one of the Eastern United States’ premier single track mountain biking trail systems. The 24 trails in the system were designed and built by the International Mountain Bicycling Association for year-round recreational use including h...

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Bouldering at Governor Dick Park in Mt. Gretna

03/07/2021 - 12:07pm

If you’re looking for new challenges, new community, and new sights, the sport of bouldering can provide all three in a spectacular way. Bouldering differs from traditional rock climbing in that it involves less by way of equipment and altitudes: those who boulder scale rock faces no more than 20 feet high without a harness or rope, relying on o...

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Ski Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg, PA

02/13/2021 - 4:09pm

Tussey Mountain located in Boalsburg near State College, Pennsylvania, offers skiable train, a snow tube park and terrain park. The mountain offers 3 ski and snowboard lifts and one snowtube lift.  Six of eight trails are open offering a variety of terrains from most difficult to easie...

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The Perfect Pennsylvania Getaway

10/04/2020 - 11:24am

What better place than Pennsylvania for a fall getaway? With endless rolling hills, valleys, and mountain ridges covered in dense forests (not to mention dozens of bed and breakfasts in every region), Pennsylvania is prime leaf peeping material and the perfect autumn destination.

Ready to get away, but don't have a specific place in mind?...

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Best Hikes in Pennsylvania

08/26/2020 - 8:58am

What better place than Pennsylvania for a fall getaway? With endless rolling hills, valleys, and mountain ridges covered in dense forests (not to mention dozens of bed and breakfasts in every region), Pennsylvania is prime leaf peeping material and the perfect autumn destination. Our many state park vistas and viewpoints are guaranteed...

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Maple Sugar Weekends in Pennsylvania

03/08/2020 - 6:23pm

For some, maple is associated with the brilliant fall colors of New England or Canada, while for others it’s associated with the comfort of more close-to-home weekend breakfasts—but for those who hail from Pennsylvania’s maple regions, the first tapping of the maple trees is the quintessence of spring. Welcome spring and all the delicate sweetne...

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A Pocono Ski Retreat

02/02/2020 - 4:17pm

If your bout of Seasonal Affective Disorder is proving difficult to beat without breaking out of your routine, perhaps a change of pace and perspective are in order at one of the many stellar ski resorts in the Pocono Mountains—where snow won’t slow your morning commute and where “crisp” rather than cold can describe the fresh mountain air.

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Embrace the Season: Ski Roundtop, Whitetail & Liberty

01/07/2020 - 7:23am

Pennsylvania’s stunning mountain ranges provide more than incredible views: they supply some of the best slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing in the country. Don’t be snowbound this season—embrace the snow and defy seasonal limitations by planning a weekend getaway to some of the greatest ski resorts in the state, all within short dri...

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New Year’s Eve Drops Across Pennsylvania

12/02/2019 - 10:57am

If for most Americans watching the crystal ball drop in Times Square is the standard way to ring in the New Year, for Pennsylvanians their unique New Year’s “drops” have a mythos (and gravity-compelled object) unique to each community. While certain cities across the United States mark the beginning of the New Year by raising or dropping an obje...

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