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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

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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Modern Day Treasure Hunting

11/13/2016 - 10:55am

Thousands of people in over 200 countries are discovering a new pastime know as geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing). This adventure sport involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on the official geocaching website, the GPS receiver guides its operator to hidden treasures j...

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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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Take A Holiday Tour of Kings Gap’s Mountain Mansion

10/30/2016 - 7:04pm

Like a land straight out of one of Tolkien’s masterpieces, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center of Cumberland County offers a panoramic view worthy of its name. Over 2,500 acres of forest atop South Mountain contain seventeen...

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In the Heart of Bald Eagle State Park

10/09/2016 - 9:29am

Pennsylvania's Bald Eagle State Park has a vibrant past, rich in history from eras ancient to industrial. Once part of the Great Indian Warpath, the Iroquois traveled past this forest and mountain to reach the southern Cherokee tribe and conduct raids. But millennia before, mountains surged towards the sky in a pre-glacial rippling of the landma...

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At World's End: PA's Waterfalls and Mountain Vistas

09/24/2016 - 3:25pm

In the northern ranges of Pennsylvania's mountains rests some of the most interesting natural landmarks of our diverse state's environment. Waterfalls cascade down ancient hillsides and seven mountain ranges converge at a single location, creating what sightseers once described as the location of the end of the earth. Located in Luzerne, Columbi...

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