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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

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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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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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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Snowmobiling in PA!

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Marienville is the Snowmobile Capital of PA!  It is the gateway to over 300 miles of groomed and non-groomed trails (interconnected loops) in the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania's only National Forest. The ANF trails are wide, well-groomed, well-marked and easy to drive. The trails are suitable for all skill levels and ages. Along the wa...

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