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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

Blooming Mountain Laurel

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

A profusion of native wildflowers herald spring and summer in Penn’s Woods. Chief among them is the evergreen Mountain Laurel. Former Governor Gifford Pinchot designated the Mountain Laurel as Pennsylvania’s official state flower on May 5, 1933.

Mountain laurel normally begins to bloom late May and its pink and white blossoms fill the woo...

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Born to Ride!

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

The Great Allegheny Passage, 25 years in the making, is an exploration of our nation’s history. Built on the abandoned grades of the Western Maryland Railway and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, these rail lines served the iron and steel industry and carried freight traffic down the East Coast and westward. The nearly level 150-mile passag...

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Easy Downhill Rails-to-Trails Biking

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Voted by Outside Magazine, “One of the 50 Best Rides in America,” The Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail is a converted railroad bed, easy downhill trail that provides scenic traffic free riding for 25 miles along the Lehigh River. Pick your own pace as you pedal between towering mountains. You will discover dramatic scenery, numerous waterfalls,...

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The Most Famous Hiking Trail

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

The midway point of the most famous hiking trail, the Appalachian Trail, is located in the Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania.  The trail extends 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine.  A 13-mile section that is the longest, lowest and flattest section on the entire trail and one of the most accessible portions to the trail is the midway point in the C...

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Opening Day for Trails is March 30

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Spring is around the corner! It’s the perfect time to kick off the season with a leisure walk or easy hike. Spring wildflowers dot the forest floor in early April followed by a vibrant green forest as leaf-out begins in mid to late April. Mountain laurel and rhododendron are in full bloom mid June to early July.

To celebrate Hiking Week (...

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Trout Season in PA

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

It's March and that means that it's almost time for Trout Fishing in PA!  Pennsylvania now has two opening days for trout season.

March 30th is first day of trout season in 18 south east counties in the state - including in the Neshaminy Creek, Yellow Breeches Creek, Falling Spring, and Dennis Creek.

April 13th is opening day for t...

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