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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
Take A Hike: Explore PA Outdoors06/18/2019 - 9:07am
Getting outside is probably the best reason to be in Pennsylvania for the summer. Whether you’re a temporary visitor or a long-time resident, Pennsylvania will remind you of the breathtaking beauty of Mother Nature. With a unique landscape consisting of mountain ridges, deep river valleys, and endless forests, the network of trails tha...Read More
Fly Fishing in Penn’s Creek, State College04/29/2019 - 9:13am
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...Read More
Spring Migration Bird Watching in PA03/20/2019 - 8:47am
With winter finally out the door, spring means more than just warm weather. In the coming weeks, prepare a warm welcome for our flying friends as Pennsylvania’s numerous species of birds flock home for the spring migration. Boasting 17 million acres of forest, it’s only natural that so many birds enjoy calling Pennsylvania home. Plan an adventur...Read More
Ski in the Poconos03/02/2019 - 3:50pm
From the first commercial ski resort in the state to the innovation that brought us modern snowmaking, the Poconos have been dominating the winter sports scene for decades. Learn something new on the beginner slopes or put your skills to the test on the double black diamond trails and terrain parks. With snow fresh on the ground and mo...Read More
Cross-Country Skiing in the Pennsylvania Wilds02/10/2019 - 3:12pm
Located within Tiadagton State Forest surrounded by beautiful mountains, Little Pine State Park offers spectacular trails for cross-country skiing. The five-mile Lake Shore Trail parallels the lake and offers mostly level terrain. The multi-use Pi...Read More
Snowmobile in the Allegheny National Forest12/29/2018 - 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...Read More
Ski Pennsylvania's Slopes12/01/2018 - 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...Read More
Camelback Mountain’s Treetop Adventures10/23/2018 - 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...Read More
Birdwatching at Bald Eagle State Park09/20/2018 - 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...Read More
Star Gazing at the International Dark Sky Preserve in PA08/19/2018 - 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...Read More