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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

Cumberland Valley PA - The Perfect Long-Weekend Getaway

04/19/2017 - 9:42pm

With rushing rivers, ambling trails and an abundance of food and drink, the Cumberland Valley is, in many ways, the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Visitors come to the Valley for many reasons, but it’s the surrounding nature and collection of outdoor activities that consistently draw people in. Cumberland Valley has the unique...

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Trout Season in Southeast Pennsylvania

04/04/2017 - 9:02am

Although our namesake was inspired by our forests, Pennsylvania’s landscape is also covered in a beautiful network of fresh water as well as one of the world’s oldest rivers. Woodland waterways, rushing rapids, and ancient rivers on an epic scale all make Pennsylvania one of the best, and most beautiful, locations to enjoy fishing in the warmer...

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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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Ski Season: Experience Blue Knob Mountain

02/18/2017 - 10:30pm

Until a 1920s geological survey proved otherwise, the massive mountain dome of Blue Knob was thought to be the highest point in Pennsylvania. Today, the mountaintop still holds the title as the highest skiable peak in the state and its ski slopes, snowmobile routes, and eighteen miles of hiking trails summon people from all over the Mid-Atlantic...

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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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Skiing the Poconos: Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Area

01/22/2017 - 10:37am

Find winter fun and excitement in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains at Blakeslee’s two-for-one resorts, Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Resorts. The first commercial ski resort in PA, Jack Frost Big Boulder was also the location that artificial snowmaking was invented and used for the first time. Besides its position as a paragon of th...

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Ski Elk Mountain in the Endless Mountains

12/08/2016 - 6:37pm

Spend the season on the slopes at Elk Mountain Ski Resort, the premier skiing location in the state of Pennsylvania, just thirty miles north of Scranton. With twenty-seven slopes and trails, a 1000-foot vertical drop, and one of the best views in Pennsylvania, Elk Mountain is one of PA’s best winter adventures.

Located on North Knob of th...

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January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month in PA!

11/13/2016 - 9:14pm

Not knowing how to ski or snowboard is no longer an excuse for sitting at home on the sidelines. January is "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month" in Pennsylvania. It's easier and more affordable than ever. For the entire month of January, the 22 member resorts of the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association...

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Around the World in Ice!

11/13/2016 - 11:00am

Natural lake ice was once a booming industry in the Pocono Mountains. Step back in time to learn how ice was "made" in the region. Watch how clear ice is manufactured today and learn how ice sculptures are made in the Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour located in the Pocono Mountains.  Admission includes museum and tour. Complimentary wine tasting...

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