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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

Bike the Trails of PA’s Pine Creek Gorge and the Great Allegheny Passage

10/21/2019 - 10:18am

Pennsylvania has long been famous for its endless expanse of old-growth forest and breathtaking landscape among the Appalachian Mountain Range. And with the greatest amount of miles in the nation for foot travelers like hikers, bikers, bird viewers, and outdoor enthusiasts, Pennsylvania is the state you want to be in if your winter-time cabin fe...

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

10/20/2019 - 11:15pm

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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The Traveler's Guide to the Galaxy at Cherry Springs State Park

10/20/2019 - 11:13pm

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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Welcome to Winter in PA: We Call It Ski Season

10/20/2019 - 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...

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Cool Off in One of PA's Lazy Floating Rivers

09/07/2019 - 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 Caverns

08/30/2019 - 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...

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Take A Hike: Explore PA Outdoors

06/18/2019 - 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...

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Spring Migration Bird Watching in PA

03/20/2019 - 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...

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Ski in the Poconos

03/02/2019 - 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...

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Cross-Country Skiing in the Pennsylvania Wilds

02/10/2019 - 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...

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