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Dine Like a Star

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course offers a variety of dining options that is always a special experience. From fine dining to casual fair, each has its own flair, unique flavors and the kind of red-carpet service you deserve.

Watch the excitement of live thoroughbred horse racing from your own trackside table at Mounta...

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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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You're on the Right Track

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

Looking for something different to do, then head to the Philadelphia area that offers two unique horse racing tracks.

Enjoy harness racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia located at 777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Chester, a 30-minute drive from Center City Philadelphia. The live horse racing season run...

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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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National Historic Site & Victorian Town near the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail

01/26/2018 - 6:52pm

A short distance from the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, is the remnants of a Revolutionary War era iron foundry. The only “most complete” charcoal cold blast furnace in the Western Hemisphere, the Cornwall Iron Furnace ...

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Join the Celebration - Pine Grove Furnace State Park is 100 Years Old!

03/10/2014 - 5:21pm

In 1764, partners George Stevenson, Robert Thornburgh and John Arthur built an iron furnace along Mountain Creek named Pine Grove Iron Works. It manufactured ten plate stoves, fireplace backs, iron kettles and possibly munitions during the American Revolution. In 1913, the 17,000-acre Pine Grove Iron Works was sold to the Commonwealth of Pennsyl...

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From Rails to Trails

01/02/2018 - 2:05pm

Miles of railroad track once spread like an intricately woven web across Pennsylvania connecting the tiniest towns to the largest cities and creating the framework for the largest transportation system in the world. By 1980, many lines were sold and abandoned. These same lines were transformed into greenway corridors to preserve a colorful part...

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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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The Sweetest Tree in PA - the Sugar Maple

06/04/2014 - 4:42pm

Did you know that Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation for maple syrup production? There are many different kinds of trees in Pennsylvania’s forests, but the sweetest tree is the sugar maple. The sap from this tree is used to make pure maple syrup. Sugar maple trees are unique to North America and grow naturally only in the northeastern United...

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Charter Day's - Free Admission at Historical Sites

02/10/2015 - 5:27pm

In 1681, England’s King Charles II used a charter to grant the land that is now Pennsylvania to founder William Penn.  It is often referred to as the “Penn Charter” or “Pennsylvania’s birth certificate.” Sunday, March 10 is the 332nd birthday of Pennsylvania.

On Charter Day, many of Pennsylvania’s Trails of History sites offer “free admis...

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