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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

Welcome to Winter in PA: We Call It Ski Season

01/09/2018 - 6:42pm

With ski season officially here, we’re getting ready for three months of snow, hot chocolate, and a cozy fire. But we’re also gearing up for the outdoors and hitting the slopes. With the Alleghenies to the west and Poconos to the northeast, PA is a winter adventurer’s wonderland. From cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to an Olympic-size half...

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Waterfront Winterfest

12/06/2017 - 12:00pm

Celebrate the season at Philadelphia's largest outdoor ice rink located at Dilworth Park in Center City next to City Hall. The rink is open seven days a week now through February including holidays. The Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest will be transf...

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The Height of Autumn

09/17/2017 - 1:01pm

Fall foliage just got a lot more fun. With so many mountain peaks throughout Pennsylvania, our mountaintop retreats, ski resorts, and obstacle courses decided to get creative with their summits for the season. Pennsylvania’s ziplining options add another exciting factor to its unbeatable reputation as one of the country’s best fall foliage desti...

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The Hiking Trails and Fall Foliage Vistas at PA’s Rothrock State Forest

09/08/2017 - 11:50am

Named in homage to Pennsylvania’s “Father of Forestry,” Joseph T. Rothrock, the Rothrock State Forest comprises a near-100,000 acre tract of ridges, forest, and marsh in Huntingdon, Centre, and Mifflin Counties. As clear-cutting rapidly deforested the state, once covered in 95% forest, Rothrock battled desperately to purchase land from lumber co...

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Walk Across the Sky at Kinzua Bridge State Park

08/21/2017 - 7:49pm

In Pennsylvania, we pride ourselves on overcoming the challenges Mother Nature places in front of us. To make the bend of the Alleghenies’ western slopes, we constructed the Horseshoe Curve; to cross the wide waters of the Susquehanna, we built the longest stone arch bridge ever made; when we reached the Kinzua Creek Valley in 1882, we didn’t go...

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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

01/02/2018 - 1:57pm

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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