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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

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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An Amazing Corn Maze

06/17/2015 - 6:53pm

A unique travel gem and must see attraction is the mega corn maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Ronks, Lancaster County, PA celebrating 20 years of growing FUN! You’ll need at least an hour in the world’s most dynamic and interactive 5-acre corn maze with over 2.5 miles of paths. Walking at your own pace, you will be entertained as you happe...

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Fly Like A Bird!

06/03/2015 - 6:00pm

Some of the best zip lining Pennsylvania has to offer can be found in the Laurel Highlands. You’ll soar more than 100 feet above ground and marvel at the beautiful and picturesque landscapes of the Ohiopyle Region and the Allegheny Mountains.

Experience the gravity-defying thrill of flying through the trees.  Some zip lines reach speeds o...

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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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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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All Aboard the Princess!

05/22/2014 - 12:13pm

Operated and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, Raystown Lake, a man-made 8,300-acre lake offers picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, trails, and fishing.

The best ways to experience the beauty of the lake is by boat.  The fun starts at the Seven Points Marina at Raystown Lake voted #1 in the nation by Marina Dock Age Magazin...

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Lions and Tigers, Oh My!

05/13/2014 - 11:35am

Visitors to the Philadelphia Zoo we'll be able to spot lions and tigers strolling overhead.  The new Big Cat Crossing is a mesh-enclosed passageway that runs above the zoo's main visitors' path. Lions, tigers, pumas and other large felines have access to the trail and gives zoo visitor...

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The Early Bird Gets the Mud

04/30/2014 - 11:03am

Want to get your blood pumping and the mud flying? Grab your mountain bike and head to Rothrock State Forest near State College, Pennsylvania. This area offers trails that vary greatly in technical difficulty. The terrain is mainly hilly and there is a good mix of single track and double track trails. The 36-mile Rothrock TrailMix course provide...

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