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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

Snowmobile in the Allegheny National Forest

12/29/2018 - 6:44pm

Rolling mountain ranges, vast swaths of forested landscape, and fun, year-round recreation for the whole family are abundant in Pennsylvania’s only National Forest. Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Allegheny National Forest is the perfect destination for a winter adventure in t...

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Ski Pennsylvania's Slopes

12/01/2018 - 12:58pm

Winter in Pennsylvania isn’t being snowed in, hiding from the cold weather. It’s outdoor adventure and exciting exploration of our rugged, forested terrain. Pack the skis and escape to Pennsylvania’s mountainous and rugged landscape that has allowed us to build some of the East Coast’s best skiing and snowboarding slopes in every regio...

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Camelback Mountain’s Treetop Adventures

10/23/2018 - 6:55am

Camelback Mountain is a great spot for enjoying the natural beauty of the Poconos--and the terrifying things within them. This Halloween season, visit Camelback Mountain for some of the scariest fall attractions in the region. Glide through the moonlit forest after dark on Pennsylvania’s only mountain roller coaster or zip down the double barrel...

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Birdwatching at Bald Eagle State Park

09/20/2018 - 9:54am

Actually named after a Native American chieftain, Bald Eagle State Park is, as the name suggests, an excellent spot for bird watching and catching sight of our rare national bird. This state park is located in the broad Bald Eagle Valley of northcentral Pennsylvania, at the cusp of two extraordinary geological provinces. To the north, the Allegh...

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Star Gazing at the International Dark Sky Preserve in PA

08/19/2018 - 7:36pm

In a world where light pollution has rapidly diminished our view of the stars, Pennsylvania has something special. Most Americans have never seen it, or at least can’t anymore, but 150 years ago, the night sky was ablaze with a billion stars and the purple haze of the Milky Way’s stardust arched across the heavens like a river.  Meteor showers p...

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Pine Creek is Gorge-ous!

07/31/2018 - 6:55pm

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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Paddling Pennsylvania's Rivers

07/05/2018 - 12:06pm

Part of Pennsylvania's signature landscape is its waterways; from the astounding mile-wide expanse of the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg to the world-famous confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers at Pittsburgh that form the Ohio River, some of the most impressive freshwater formations on the continent are in Pennsylvania. Explore th...

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Walk the Streets of Pittsburgh on These Self-Guided Tours

05/13/2018 - 5:36pm

Just as the brochures from the Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation read, there’s nothing like walking to get you in touch with a place. You’re up close and personal with your surroundings and your senses are put on overload as you touch, see, smell, and hear the area you’re in. Whether you’re a longtime resident, born and raised, or nei...

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Pennsylvania's Best Trout Fishing Waters

04/30/2018 - 10:13am

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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Footsteps of Forestry: The Pinchots and Milford Walking Tour

04/18/2018 - 10:59am

In the beginning of the 20th century, the United States developed a brand-new agency that would administer the nation’s national forests and grasslands. Its first Chief was a man from Pennsylvania named Gifford Pinchot. Dedicating his life to professional forest management, Pinchot defined the ideological ethics of the conservation movement, int...

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