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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

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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Opening Day of Trout Fishing

04/07/2014 - 5:31pm

Opening Day (statewide) for trout fishing in PA officially begins on April 12 at 8:00 am. Healthy populations of rainbow, brook and brown trout flourish in the various waters throughout the Pocono Mountains region. You could fish an entire month within the region and never fish the same water twice. Known as a top destination fo...

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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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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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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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