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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 Season10/20/2019 - 9:11pm
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...Read More
Cool Off in One of PA's Lazy Floating Rivers09/07/2019 - 3:42am
With 86,000 miles of rivers, floating downstream with a whole lot of sun, fun, and some friends is the best way to stay cool this summer during your visit in Pennsylvania. Head to the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers and pick up an inner tube for an unforgettable day full of the kick-back-and-relax kind of lifestyle.
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Explore Pennsylvania's Hidden Caverns08/30/2019 - 11:29am
There’s no doubt Pennsylvania has one of those signature landscapes, instantly recognizable with its wide rivers, endless forests, and rolling hills, valleys, and mountain ridges covered in greenery. But it’s beneath the ground that you’ll find some of our state’s most interesting geography. And just when you thought delving into Penns...Read More
Summer Walking Tours in Huntingdon07/06/2019 - 4:55pm
Nestled deep in the scenic hills and river valleys of Central Pennsylvania, Huntingdon is one of our favorite small towns to visit in Pennsylvania. With its historic architecture and landmarks, rich industrial heritage, and that unmistakable small-town-America kind of friendliness, you’ll quickly fall in love with Huntingdon. Nearby, y...Read More
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