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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

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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The Ironworks Legacy: Pine Grove Furnace State Park

09/05/2016 - 11:19am

Located at the northern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a natural and historical landmark built in 1764 by three men as an iron works facility crafting stoves and kettles. Eventually, they would supply the Revolutionary Army with munitions. The land was massive; it contained 17,000 acres that was eventually divi...

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Get Back to Nature in the Raystown Lake Region

06/07/2016 - 10:15am

The Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania has opportunities aplenty to breathe in the fresh air, walk through the forest or enjoy the unspoiled shoreline scenery of Raystown Lake. So bring your boots, kayak, mountain bike and fishing pole to really get the most out of your time in Huntingdon County. You will find many spots to relax and...

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What's Blooming in PA?

05/14/2016 - 4:27pm

The first signal of “Spring” is when we set our clocks ahead. The early weeks of Spring bring increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna. New flower bushes and trees are blooming at Pennsylvania’s arboretums and botanical gardens.The best way to see what’s blooming in Pennsylvania is to plan a trip to one of the...

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Lancaster Mud Sales

03/26/2016 - 4:21pm

Mud Sales are spring auctions that bring communities and visitors together in the middle of the Amish countryside.  Hundreds gather both Amish and “English” (non-Amish), waiting for the first items to come up for bid. They start early, at 8:00 a.m. 

Mud Sales are named such because they are held in the fields that are often muddy from the...

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Great American Outdoor Show

02/02/2016 - 5:15pm

February and March is "Outdoor Show" season in Pennsylvania. A number of sports and outdoor shows are held throughout Pennsylvania. One of the largest outdoor shows on the East Coast is the Great American Outdoor Show being held February 6-14, 2016 at the PA F...

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Ski PA with Mid-Week Discount Coupon

12/28/2015 - 3:40pm

It's time to plan your Ski getaway in Pennsylvania!  There are 21 members of the PA Ski Areas Association and every one of them has their snow guns ready to add powder to the slopes!

In the northern part of PA, enjoy some great family run Ski resorts such as Ski Sawmill and Ski Denton.  ...

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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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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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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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