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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

Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park

10/11/2023 - 10:24am

The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. Each year over one million boaters, hikers, bikers and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre Moraine State Park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal minin...

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Blooming Mountain Laurel

10/11/2023 - 10:16am

A profusion of native wildflowers herald spring and summer in Penn’s Woods. Chief among them is the evergreen Mountain Laurel. Former Governor Gifford Pinchot designated the Mountain Laurel as Pennsylvania’s official state flower on May 5, 1933.

Mountain laurel normally begins to bloom late May and its pink and white blossoms fill the woo...

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Find your Perfect Pace on Pennsylvania's Trail of the Year

10/01/2023 - 10:34am

Whether your summer was a barrage of frenetic activity or a true vacation full of breezy beachside views, the beginning of fall can bring out a desire to slow down in all of us. What better way to take in the changing seasons than strolling down Pennsylvania’s “Trail of the Year”, an eigh...

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Maple Sugar Weekends in Pennsylvania

09/21/2023 - 11:23am

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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Pennsylvania's Best Trout Fishing Waters

09/21/2023 - 10:19am

State College is in the heartland of Pennsylvania's impressive system of waterways and tributaries, nestled between the massive main course of the Susquehanna River and its West Branch, and it offers some of the most challenging angling in the United States. Best known for its population of wild trout and miles that don't require any stocking by...

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Fly Fishing in Penn’s Creek, State College

09/21/2023 - 10:02am

Penn’s Creek is one of those rare places that really does have it all. From its wild and scenic setting and spectacular views to the eighty miles of spring-fed water that runs through Centre, Mifflin, and Union counties, Penn’s Creek remains Pennsylvania’s crown jewel of limestone streams (and holds the title as the longest and largest...

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Best Hikes in Pennsylvania

09/21/2023 - 9:23am

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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Pine Creek is Gorge-ous!

08/25/2023 - 11:13am

Our namesake may be all about our famous forests (and we take pride in being their caretakers) but Pennsylvania has a diverse landscape that is full of some of the planet’s most beautiful natural landmarks. Other than the endless expanse of woods teeming with wildlife, it’s the deep gorges and the streaming waterfalls of the Pennsylvan...

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Meyersdale: The Sweetest Place to Visit This Spring

08/23/2023 - 1:44pm

In Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, Meyersdale’s Maple Festival is about as universal a sign of the season as the mythical, spring-heralding groundhog. This year, you can see why our nation’s most unique sweet in all its forms—from maple candy, to maple baked goods, to maple syrup—is worth savoring, as well as all the sights and attractions of t...

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New Year’s Eve Drops Across Pennsylvania

08/23/2023 - 1:37pm

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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