The Pennsylvania Visitors Network is a guide for tourism, travel, lodging, real estate and more, organized by topic, region, towns, counties and geography in PENNSYLVANIA, the Keystone State.
PENNSYLVANIA HIKING AND RECREATION
Pennsylvania abounds with opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking, canoeing, backpacking, birding, kayaking, white water rafting, skiing, fishing, elk watching and more. We have it all here... in terrain ranging from city neighborhoods to rolling countryside to beautiful mountains.
From this page you'll be able to get well-maintained event calendars, information about the local geography, driving directions, maps, lodging, etc. all brought to you by Pennsylvania-based organizations dedicated to preserving and sharing our natural resources with people from all over the world.
Welcome to the Tri-County Rails to Trails, a wild and wonderful multi-use wilderness trail that is one of the most beautiful and scenic rail trails in Pennsylvania. The trail is 19 miles long, meandering along a shaded route adjacent to the Clarion River and Little Toby Creek. The trail is completely flat, is surfaced with crushed limestone, and has two major trailheads with parking in the historic small towns of Ridgway and Brockway. A great trail for biking, hiking, (especially in the fall), fishing and hunting access, cross country skiing, bird watching and wildlife watching. Near Allegheny National Forest and Pennsylvania's wild elk herd. You'll find everything you need for the trail in Ridgway, Elk County.
Sylvania Tree Farm is a twelve hundred acre estate located on the Upper Delaware River. Exceptional cabins located within this sylvan setting offer an opportunity for outdoor recreation or quiet retreat. Extensive hiking trails that offer panoramic mountain views and miles of private trout stream. Walk along logging trails and through old bluestone quarries. The varied habitat is ideal for birding, wildlife watching and flora identification. The property is rich in history and Indian heritage. Open year round including the winter for cross-country skiing.
PA Swimming Holes. Do you like swimming? Hate crowded pools and beaches? We have over 80 swimming holes we have found in Pennsylvania. Check them out! And if your favorite hole isn't here you can add it.
Rockwood, PA in Somerset County is a friendly community steeped in history and nestled in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. Once a thriving rail town in the heyday of steam locomotives, Rockwood is now prospering as a Trail Town along the Great Allegheny Passage – part of the 316-mile hiking/biking trail between McKeesport (near Pittsburgh) and Washington, D.C.
Susquehannock Lodge and Trail Center in Potter County sits at the trailhead of the Susquehannock Trail System and is a perfect place for you to enjoy the quiet setting of Pennsylvania's Northwoods... a special place where there are more deer than people... where gentle breezes, babbling brooks and the song of the wood thrush interrupt the quiet in symphonic harmony... where the mountains seem to touch the sky. In Potter County, PA, "God's Country", they can help you to discover the quiet, scenic secrets, the hundreds of miles of hiking trails, the area festivals and recreational activities... for a vacation you will cherish without having to spend a fortune
In nearby Tioga County you'll find the Pine Creek Rail Trail which travels along the floor of Pine Creek Gorge, or as commonly referred to, The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The opportunities for sightseeing are endless. Trail users can view dramatic rock outcrops, waterfalls, wildlife such as eagles, osprey, coyote, deer, wild turkeys, herons, hawks or even a river otter to name just a few. Rare plants, old growth hemlock, native red pine and even the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp foundation can be found along the trail. Plan your hiking trip or whitewater rafting trip, (see below), to the PA Grand Canyon and take a look at the Colton Point as a place to stay.
To those who enjoy outdoor adventure, Pennsylvania offers a number of natural attractions: wild rivers, impressive mountains, the silence of deep forests. But Pennsylvania's sublime overlooks, remarkable natural features in themselves, frequently go unnoticed despite their historical and scenic interest. In Pennsylvania Overlooks, Art Michaels describes some of the most outstanding overlooks in the state.
Each chapter presents vital information about an overlook, including a general description of the overlook and its area, the site's distinguishing features, its height, the compass direction of the view, and nearby and distant features visible from the overlook. Michaels also notes recreational activities and opportunities near each site. For weekends filled with nature, beauty, and history, this book is an invaluable guide.
Lancaster County, PA offers the Cherry-Crest Farm Fun, Family, and Farming - Plan for a half day or longer while you and your family laugh and learn thru the many wholesome activities that await you on Cherry-Crest Farm - a leader on the growing edge of Agri-tainment. Each visit to the Amazing Maize MazeTM, a maze designed in a 5 acre corn field, unveils new and exciting challenges and special events that will enthrall children, bond families, educate students, build youth groups, and boost corporate productivity. Check it out!
In the Pocono Mountains we take a different turn... and it's ready for you in spring, summer and fall. Whitwater Rafting. Look for Jim Thorpe's White Water Adventures for excellent guided tours of the Lehigh River Gorge. Truly exciting. And up near the PA Grand Canyon Pine Creek Outfitters has everything you need to move that raft down the Canyon.
For other recreational ideas to share with friends and families be sure to stop in at the Pennsylvania Visitors Network. You'll find complete maps, activities sorted by topic and location, online reservation capabilities for your favorite type of lodging and much more. Use our map to find towns, cities and counties and, when you stumble across something that interests you look for the "What to Do" link found on any of our 67 Pennsylvania County pages. Just remember...Pennsylvania, there's more here than you know!