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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 Snow Day at Roundtop, Whitetail, and Liberty Mountains

01/02/2018 - 1:29pm

Winter isn’t over yet, all three of the region’s top ski resorts are just waiting for you to take a snow day. Liberty, Whitetail, and Roundtop are all located in the capital area of Central Pennsylvania, bringing thousands visitors from all over the state and Baltimore. The three ski resorts, managed by a group called Snow Time, Inc., each have...

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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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Waterfront Winterfest

12/06/2017 - 12:00pm

Celebrate the season at Philadelphia's largest outdoor ice rink located at Dilworth Park in Center City next to City Hall. The rink is open seven days a week now through February including holidays. The Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest will be transf...

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The Height of Autumn

09/17/2017 - 1:01pm

Fall foliage just got a lot more fun. With so many mountain peaks throughout Pennsylvania, our mountaintop retreats, ski resorts, and obstacle courses decided to get creative with their summits for the season. Pennsylvania’s ziplining options add another exciting factor to its unbeatable reputation as one of the country’s best fall foliage desti...

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Walk Across the Sky at Kinzua Bridge State Park

08/21/2017 - 7:49pm

In Pennsylvania, we pride ourselves on overcoming the challenges Mother Nature places in front of us. To make the bend of the Alleghenies’ western slopes, we constructed the Horseshoe Curve; to cross the wide waters of the Susquehanna, we built the longest stone arch bridge ever made; when we reached the Kinzua Creek Valley in 1882, we didn’t go...

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Break the Ice at Archbald Pothole State Park

08/10/2017 - 9:27am

Around ten thousand years ago, something changed on our planet. The two-mile thick sheet of ice that had covered two-thirds of North America for 30,000 years started to melt. The ice, which had reached the northern most regions of Pennsylvania, withdrew its frozen walls, but not before it left its mark at a small location in Lackawanna County na...

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Ziplining at a PA Ski Resort

07/28/2017 - 10:56am

As summer approaches, many PA Ski Resorts transform their ski slopes into ziplines. Roundtop Mountain Resort near Lewisberry offers 18 zip lines for all ability and thrill levels. For the adventurous, try out...

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The Great Allegheny Passage: Connellsville to West Newton

06/09/2017 - 12:35pm

Take the ultimate outdoor adventure along the picturesque and recently-completed Great Allegheny Passage, a titanic footpath through forest that is still vibrant with life just around those endless Pennsylvania riverbends. After three decades of construction, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (C&O) now c...

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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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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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