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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

Break the Ice at Archbald Pothole State Park

08/10/2017 - 9:27am

Around ten thousand years ago, something changed on our planet. The two-mile thick sheet of ice that had covered two-thirds of North America for 30,000 years started to melt. The ice, which had reached the northern most regions of Pennsylvania, withdrew its frozen walls, but not before it left its mark at a small location in Lackawanna County na...

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The Traveler's Guide to the Galaxy at Cherry Springs State Park

07/28/2017 - 9:55am

You’ve never seen the sky like this before. Every generation preceding us always looked upwards in wonder at a night sky brimming with the beauty of stars and the glowing arms of the Milky Way. The widespread use of artificial light around the world now hides the sky from 80% of mankind on Earth. For the first time in human history, we cannot se...

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Endless Fun at a PA County Fair

07/06/2017 - 3:11pm

If you didn’t know, Harrisburg’s Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural fair in the United States. It may be the largest, but it’s not the only one; Pennsylvania has more than 100 agricultural county fairs that celebrate our heritage as farmers. The fairs are a place for our state’s farmers to start a conversation, learn from each other, a...

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The Great Allegheny Passage: Connellsville to West Newton

06/09/2017 - 12:35pm

Take the ultimate outdoor adventure along the picturesque and recently-completed Great Allegheny Passage, a titanic footpath through forest that is still vibrant with life just around those endless Pennsylvania riverbends. After three decades of construction, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (C&O) now c...

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Discover a Pennsylvania Paradise

04/22/2017 - 4:55pm

Pennsylvania is famous for its forests, so it’s only natural that we have some of America’s best and most beautiful botanical gardens as well as its most serene woodland sanctuaries. Find fields of flowers, atriums of glass full of butterflies, cutting-edge technology, and living museum exhibits of the rarest trees on the continent. Pennsylvania...

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Cumberland Valley PA - The Perfect Long-Weekend Getaway

04/19/2017 - 9:42pm

With rushing rivers, ambling trails and an abundance of food and drink, the Cumberland Valley is, in many ways, the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Visitors come to the Valley for many reasons, but it’s the surrounding nature and collection of outdoor activities that consistently draw people in. Cumberland Valley has the unique...

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Trout Season in Southeast Pennsylvania

04/04/2017 - 9:02am

Although our namesake was inspired by our forests, Pennsylvania’s landscape is also covered in a beautiful network of fresh water as well as one of the world’s oldest rivers. Woodland waterways, rushing rapids, and ancient rivers on an epic scale all make Pennsylvania one of the best, and most beautiful, locations to enjoy fishing in the warmer...

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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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