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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

Opening Day of Trout Fishing in Southeast Pennsylvania

11/13/2016 - 10:39am

It is finally here - spring! In less than a few weeks anglers will be able to cast their lines into the streams and lakes of southeast Pennsylvania. Opening day of trout season for this region is April 4. The PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks approximately 3.2 million adult trout  (2 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout,...

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Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade

02/18/2017 - 10:27pm

The 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world. Pittsburgh's very large and active Irish community comes together each year to host this annual event. The parade in Pittsburgh dates back to as early as 1869. The purpose of the parade is to celebrate the freedom to be Irish and to enjoy the holiday to its fullest. A number of fundraising p...

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Allegheny Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show

02/18/2017 - 10:20pm

One of Pittsburgh's great sports traditions, the annual Allegheny Sport Travel Outdoor Show showcases everything outdoor.  This is your one-stop shopping destination for fishing, hunting, camping, boats, canoes, kayaks, live animals, free seminars, demonstrations and more. You can even find information about exotic travel/vacation destinations f...

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Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month at Shawnee Mountain

01/02/2018 - 1:27pm

Get started on a lifetime of winter fun by learning to ski or snowboard this winter at Shawnee Mountain located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Special learn to ski or snowboard packages are available for just $65 per person and includes a lift ticket, rental equipment and a first time group lesson. You must present a printed coupon from the...

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Ski Season is Open in the Pocono's

11/20/2014 - 5:56pm

The Pocono Mountain ski areas gave skiers and snowboarders an early treat with the opening of trails at Big Boulder Park located in Lake Harmony on November 20 and Blue Mountain located in Palmerton opens November 22. With the arrival of winter temperatures, many ski resorts were able to coat trails and slopes with freshly made powder (snow). Op...

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PA State Flaming Foliage Festival

10/04/2015 - 6:16pm

Since 1949, the beautiful colors and views of Fall are celebrated at the PA State Flaming Foliage Festival.  Great food, crafts, parade and a queen's coronation area all part of the festivities. Join the celebration on October 9-11, 2015 in downtown Renovo.  For more information about this year's festivities, call 570-923-2411....

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Autumn Bike Ride along the Great Allegheny Passage

12/09/2015 - 10:49pm

There is no better way to experience the beauty of Fall then from atop a bike. And, the best place to see spectacular reds, oranges, and purples is the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) located in the Laurel Highlands. The trails runs 150 miles through southwestern Pennsylvania connecting Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD. The cool thing about the GA...

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The City of Bridges - Pittsburgh, PA

02/18/2017 - 10:42pm

The City of Pittsburgh is a maze of ridges and valleys. It sits at the intersection of three rivers: the Monongahela River from the south and the Allegheny River from the north to form the Ohio River.  Pittsburgh is known for its steep hillsides covered with houses and streets which have steps for sidewalks. With this type of topography, the cit...

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Call of the Wild

12/09/2015 - 9:27pm

Quietly secured on 20 plus acres of woodland outside of Lititz, PA, you will find the Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  A non-profit organization created to secure and protect the safety and health of displaced wolves.

It has been over a hundred years since the last wild wolf was known to exist in Pennsylvania.  For over 30 years, the Darlington Fam...

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Celebrate RiverFest 2014

05/29/2014 - 9:28am

RiverFest occurs along the banks of the Susquehanna River and each year, thousands of river enthusiasts turnout to paddle, kayak, canoe and recreate on the waterway.  The annual event features musical entertainment, children’s activities and educational progra...

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