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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

First Day Hikes

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Is your New Year's resolution to exercise more often?  If so, get started by participating in a "First Day Hike" at one of 20 Pennsylvania State Parks.  At Kings Gap Environmental Education Center the hike is an easy two miles on fairly level trails in the Pine Plantation from 1:30pm - 3:00 pm. Learn about the park's trail system and more hiking...

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The MUCK

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Tioga County is home to one of Pennsylvania's largest intact wetland complexes affectionately known as "The Muck." The Bird Observation Blind offers a unique opportunity to view wildlife in a natural wetland setting. Visitors have a great chance to view rare bird species who live there or those who migrate through the area. Learn about some of t...

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Eighth Wonder of the World

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Did you know that after its original construction in 1882, the Kinzua Viaduct was billed as the eighth wonder of the world? It was the highest and longest viaduct in the world, measuring 301 feet high and 2,053 feet long. The need to transport coal, oil and lumber across the Kinzua...

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Just Ducky!

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

It’s a boat…It’s a truck…It’s a Duck!  Looking for a unique and memorable way to see the City of Pittsburgh?  Book a tour with “Just Ducky Tours,” Pittsburgh’s only land and water tour. The duck boats (or “DUKW” in military speak) are converted WWII military vehicles. The DUKW was used in amphibious operations throughout the Mediterranean and Pa...

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100th Anniversary of the Reintroduction of Elk in PA

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Over 400 years ago, Pennsylvania was home to an estimated 100,000 Eastern Woodland Elk that roamed freely across the state. Due to European expansion and over hunting this massive beast became extinct. In 1913, the PA Game Commission reintroduced Elk into the state; however, it was a different species known as the Rocky Mountain Elk.  Transporte...

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The Stream of Swift and Slow Water

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

A man-made lake built in 1926, Lake Wallenpaupack covers 5,700 acres and 13 miles in length with 52-miles of uninterrupted shoreline. It is located near Hawley in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The Lenape Indians named the area “Wallenpaupack” which means “The Stream of Swift and Slow Water.” The Wallenpaup...

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Plan a Trip to the Shore

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

That would be the Pennsylvania sea shore. Presque Isle, a curved sand peninsula jutting into Lake Erie, is home to the only surf beach in Pennsylvania. There are 11 permitted public bathing beaches along Presque Isle.

Presque Isle is more than a beach.  It offers visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including b...

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America's Only All-Water Cavern

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Nestled in Central Pennsylvania’s scenic Lion County, Penn’s Cave is America’s only all-water cavern and the only cave in Pennsylvania placed on The National Register of Historic Places. The limestone cavern is a natural landmark rich in geology and history. Glittering stalactites and stalagmites often appe...

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Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

The gently rolling hills, lush forests and sparkling waters disguise a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. Each year over one million boaters, hikers, bikers and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre Moraine State Park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park from prior coal minin...

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Natural Splendor

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Over 440 million years old, Indian Echo Caverns, a limestone cave, formed through the erosive properties of water. As water flowed over the limestone, it began to create small crevices and these small crevices led to larger ones, and eventually, over a series of millions of years, it created the cav...

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